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In which she can’t breathe




I suppose that I haven’t updated in a while on KEELY’S CONDITION but I’m honestly so sleepy and tired right now that I’m not sure what to say.  The reason might be because I’m not sure what’s actually going on.


It’s been a little over two weeks since surgery and other than one massive meltdown things have been going splendid.  Even Andie remarked upon how well Keely was doing and what a good mood she’s been in.  I think one of the reasons for this is that the dread of the operation was so overwhelming that even the pain and the reality of it was better than what Keely remembered from last time.


For example, the last time she had this procedure, back in November 2009, the recovery was excruciating and she was on crutches for a total of 6 months.  They were predicting 4 months this time.  However, even with the additional bypass surgery, her leg is much stronger and she already has better movement at 2 weeks then she had at two months last time.


Therefore, they were telling her that it was possible they would let her start putting weight on the leg after the next x-ray.  As you can imagine, even the possibility of getting off crutches sooner is an exciting thought.


Of course, that’s what led to the meltdown too.  The knowledge that AFTER all is said and done, she still doesn’t have a job. I’m not particularly worried about that because I know she’ll get one but she was concerned.


This morning, however, has been a trying one.  Keely texted me at 7:15 saying that she had tremendous pain in her back and that she couldn’t breathe.  I immediately sent Kevin up there (relax, he was up and I was hoping to sleep in) to check it out.  When I arrived, Keely informed us that she had a pain in her back and chest that had begun yesterday.


It had become worse and worse and was excruciating each time she breathed.  She did fall asleep but she could barely cope since she awakened at 5 AM.  It sounded like a pulled muscle to me but because she’s had a vascular problem, it was something we couldn’t ignore.  Neither Kevin nor I could think of the best approach.  I finally decided to call the orthopedic resident on call down at Duke.  They called back and told me that “due to the bypass situation and the possibility of a blood clot” I would need to get it checked out by a health care professional.


And therein lies the rub.  You see? We don’t have one.  Basically, I haven’t been sick in years so I no longer have a doctor.  The last time I called my doctor, they no longer had a file on me.  I think this is pretty common for women who just go to the ob/gyn once a year and have their blood work done there.  The kids have aged out of the pediatrician but they had a doctor at school if they needed anything.


The end result is that only Kevin has a doctor.  He has to be checked out yearly because of work and insurance.  I have “find a doctor” on my to do list but I haven’t actually done it yet.


So, when they said see a doctor that means I have three choices.  Urgent care (where I usually go since I only ever need steroids due to poison ivy), the emergency room (absolutely not) or running down to Duke to see a doctor (mine’s not even in clinic today).  We decided to go the urgent care route.


Unfortunately, or fortunately I guess, Keely just got her Oxycontin and Oxycodone and she’s finally not in pain so she doesn’t want to move.  I’m going to give her some time to doze and I’m going to hydrate, which by hydrate I mean drink copious amounts of coffee to get my caffeine up to an “I can function in life” level.


I figure that I should let her be happy for a while since she’s upstairs and simply sitting up to take her meds hurt her.  I can’t even imagine what getting her down the stairs and out to the car will be like.


I did offer to call an ambulance but she turned me down.  This is a typical situation with Keely.   I bet this turns out to be a pulled muscle due to being on crutches but because of the vascular thing, we’ll end up checking out everything.


Nothing is ever simple with that kid.  I wonder if everyone has a kid like that.  No matter, we will, as per usual, due what needs to be done and I’m sure we will get some sort of funny story out of this which will eventually appear on the blog.  Not today though.  Today you got this boring crap.


Sorry but did I tell you that I’m so damn sleepy? I am.




She woke up and texted me.


I got her up and gave her some breakfast.


We went to Urgent Care where they informed me that she needed an Ultrasound to be sure so we would have to go to the Emergency Room anyway!


I took her to the Emergency Room but I had a letter with me from the Urgent Care place to fast track us through.  We were told to tell them that she was having “chest pains.”


We did … tell them she was having chest pains that is.


They did an EKG … she wasn’t having a heart attack (no, she’s leaving that for me)


They took some blood and ran some tests.


They tried to put in an IV.


They massacred her and gave up and sent a different person to do the IV.


They got in the IV although they almost killed her in the process.


The blood test was elevated.


They did an xray.


They did a CT Scan with contrast.


She had a blood clot in her lung.


Seriously, she had a FUCKING Pulmonary Embolism.


She was hospitalized.


She still is.


Well folks, there’s lots more to tell but that’s it for now.  I’m tired and exhausted.  I haven’t slept and I have no posts written.  This is just an update.  I’ll tell you all the funny stuff another time.

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  1. Mayor Gia
    June 11, 2012

    Ugh, so so scary! I was scared just READING this, forget if I was her parent! I hope she is doing better now. My thoughts are with you.
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    • Lynn
      June 11, 2012

      yep, getting better. we had two scares since but she’s home as am i

  2. Daniel
    June 11, 2012

    Now that seems to be a very stressful experience. I just hope that Keely is doing better now.

    • Lynn
      June 11, 2012

      the child is aging me rapidly

  3. Vidya Sury
    June 11, 2012

    Oh gosh. I think of you and Keely every morning when I light my lamp. I pray she comes back home soon. These complications are so painful for her, as well as you, Lynn. Hugs, and please know I am thinking of you and wishing Keely well. Love, Vidya.

    I know all about the blood test/IV massacre … those things are the worst.

    • Lynn
      June 11, 2012

      yeah, she hates IV’s. Thank you for all your good thoughts. I’m glad to be home with her now.

  4. Julie
    June 11, 2012

    Poor kid. I can relate as I developed a blod clot after surgery #2. Cumadin and Lovenox shots to my stomach twice a day for 3 months. Stay strong ~ keeping you and your family in my prayers.

    • Lynn
      June 11, 2012

      that stinks…they’re going to check her for a blood disorder now

  5. MommaC
    June 11, 2012

    WOW! That is scary business! What a nightmare!
    Thinking of you all!
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    • Lynn
      June 11, 2012

      yeah…she is singlehandedly on a mission to drive me insane

  6. Pamela D Hart
    June 11, 2012

    Hang in there Lynn, All those extra gray hairs can get covered up at the hair salon. lol.

    Sending lots of positive vibes your way.
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    • Lynn
      June 11, 2012

      hahaha..thanks, i totally know about covering up gray hair

  7. Melanie
    June 11, 2012

    I have you guys once again in my positive thoughts. Super scary stuff.

  8. Jester Queen
    June 11, 2012

    Oh dear LORD. Keely can’t have it easy can she? I’ll be thinking of her and sending you good vibes. I really hope they get it cleared out so she can recover and you don’t have that heart attack. JEEZUS what a mess!

  9. mary i
    June 11, 2012

    You both are in my thoughts. Glad she is back home.. As an aside to the massacre IV mess. Try a vitamin E oil.It will help the marks and bruises.Also keeps scar tissue from building up and making skin “hard”…. Hey from Alabama

  10. Ribena Tina
    June 12, 2012

    WOW! I had to read that paragraph again! It was clearly something serious for Keely to complain about the pain but your heart must have been in your throat and you caught it just in time.

    Poor Keely and the rest of you. Lesser people may have been sat in a corner rocking back and forth.

    My thoughts are with you all.

    mwah x
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  11. Name *
    June 12, 2012

    June is turning into a repeat of May? That wasn’t the plan! Sheesh!

    It sounds like Keely is being a trooper. I pray the doctors take good care of her and get her back to as much normalcy as she started with. You seem to be a really good Mom.

    Thanks for keeping us followers up to date – hopefully the venting is helpful for your sanity, too!

    God bless!
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  12. Dylan
    June 12, 2012

    It’s heart wrenching to go through all of this. I’m sorry your daughter is experiencing all of this right now but I hope everything gets better and she heals ASAP and without any further issues to follow.

    Having major surgery does mess up your body a lot. I had the back pain and let me tell you, it’s as if someone had stabbed me from my back though my chest. In my case, I had pinched a nerve on the right side of my back since my stomach muscles are not really functional. It’s extremely hard.

    Sending you positive energy and blessings to you and yours.


  13. Margaret M.
    June 15, 2012

    Lynn, I am so sorry. You and Keely will get through this. I am thinking of you both. You are so strong.

  14. Lisa G
    June 21, 2012

    I just found your blog. Sorry you are going thru all of this with your daughter. I have 2 boys aged 4 and 8 and have practically been living with them at the National Institute of Health for 4 years. I am assuming that like NIH, Duke does NOT provide mini bar service in their rooms. Maybe we can band together and get a charity started. Trying to think of a good acronym but the lack of a mini bar blocks the flow if creative juices.

    • Lynn
      June 21, 2012

      Wow…four years. What’s going on???

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