I'm not kidding when I say that I'm sitting here just before midnight listening to LAUNCHcast on Yahoo.com and that stupid "I had a bad day" song is on. As annoying and overplayed as that song is, it pretty much sums up Jen's day. She has eaten little to nothing over the past couple of days, but what little she did eat has her insides clogged up again. She felt it coming on last night, but this morning it really got uncomfortable. I spent a good part of the afternoon trying to get ahold of doctors and work on some sort of resolution. In the meantime, Jen was either tossing around in bed or throwing up. The goal was to find a way to get her taken care of without admitting her to a local hospital and having to have her endure another NG tube fiasco. Luckily, we easily convinced the KC Cancer Center doctor on call to call in some pain and nausea medications to Apria - the home health care service that is providing Jen's TPN (IV nutrition). When she has a bowel obstruction, medication by mouth isn't an option. IV narcotics are pretty difficult to come by! It was about 4 hours in the working, but around 7:30 PM some syringes of Zofran and Morphine arrived at our house. I'll be her nurse tonight, and so far so good. Once the meds kicked in, she was comfortable and sleeping like a baby. She's getting good nourishment from the TPN bag so her body should still stay healthy and ready for the upcoming surgery. Hopefully by morning, whatever has her obstructed will have worked itself through and she'll be much more comfortable for the road trip to Omaha. They will probably go ahead and admit her tomorrow when we arrive, rather than wait until noon on Monday.
Thank you Christina Trakas for coming to my rescue late this afternoon. She played with the girls while I worked on getting Jen taken care of. Jan then came by and picked up the girls so that they could sleep peacefully at her house while I got the house and business in line for our 7+ day absense.
The highlight of the day was Nathan joining me, Emma, and Peighton for lunch at the Pizza Shoppe. They were happy to see him and he came bearing gifts!