Never Just a Textbook Case…UPDATE

As most of y’all know, my husband, Vic, had gastric bypass on May 13th. Up until Tuesday, June 25th, Vic’s surgery and recovery was as close to a textbook perfect case as you can get. His surgery went off without a hitch and he only required one tiny dose of insulin post surgery. He was sent home from the hospital on no insulin, no blood pressure meds, and no, cholesterol meds. But, the most miraculous result post-surgery is that the neuropathy pain he had in his feet disappeared immediately following surgery. No one, including his doctor, expected that. The best case scenario for relief from the neuropathy pain was that it would slowly get better over the course of 6 months to a year. So, the instantaneous relief from the debilitating neuropathy pain made his surgery results even better than textbook. Hell, even his weight loss has been fabulous. By 4 weeks post surgery, he was down 25 pounds and, since then, he has lost another 15 pounds.


This past Tuesday, Vic started feeling sick. At first, we thought he just caught a bug from one of the kids. There is a nasty stomach virus going around that is actually causing people to be hospitalized for dehydration. But, as the week went on, we got more worried. Vic could not hold anything down and, despite holding nothing down, he was still throwing up copious amounts (and it wasn’t just bile). So, on Friday, we headed for the ER because we were worried about a bowel obstruction.

All his tests came back with perfect results on Friday. Even the X-rays and CT scan didn’t show an obstruction. All that showed up was an apparent inflammation near the area where his reduced stomach had been reattached to his small intestine. The ER doc was stumped and put a call in to Vic’s gastric bypass surgeon.

Last night, Vic spiked a temp of almost 104 and blood work this morning showed an increase in his white blood cell count. When the gastric bypass surgeon looked at the new X-ray taken this morning, he saw evidence on constriction where there had been only inflammation. So, instead of a true blocked intestine, the surgeon thinks there is scar tissue constricting the opening causing things to back up. The surgeon will be going in laparoscopically to remove the scar tissue causing the issues. The best case scenarios is that the scar tissue is on the outside of the connection and, in this case, the surgery will take about an hour and he will be able to go home tomorrow. Worst case scenario is the scar tissue is inside the connection and, in that case, the surgery will take longer, the doctor will have to make a new connection, and he will spend 2 days in the hospital after surgery. Either way, by this evening, Vic should be feeling much better.

Please keep him in your prayers.

UPDATE…Good news… Vic is out of surgery and doing FABULOUSLY. It was the best case scenario of external scar tissue causing the constriction. The pain is gone. He is able to hold down water. If the fever stays gone, he will get to come home tomorrow.

19 Responses to Never Just a Textbook Case…UPDATE
  1. Another Dreamer
    June 29, 2013 | 5:40 pm

    I’ve been keeping tabs on things on FB. I’m sorry he’s having issues. I hope that it’s an easy fix, and easy recovery. Will be keeping you all in my thoughts!
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  2. Lori Lavender Luz
    June 29, 2013 | 5:57 pm

    Hoping that the fix is easy, fast and uncomplicated. Healing thoughts to Vic!
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  3. Sheri
    June 29, 2013 | 5:58 pm

    Hope everything turns out for the good. My husband is going through the phases right now for future weight loss surgery. When I read stories like this I get so worried. Keeping you & your husband in our prayers.

  4. Becky (your fab sister)
    June 29, 2013 | 6:01 pm

    Keeping all of you in my prayers my sister. Let me know if you need anything.

  5. Kir
    June 29, 2013 | 6:05 pm

    Keeping all of you in my very best thoughts. Hoping the fix is quick and easy and Vic is feeling much better very soon.


  6. Justine
    June 29, 2013 | 6:09 pm

    Sending thoughts for quick healing … and *hugs* to you all.
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  7. lisa
    June 29, 2013 | 6:33 pm

    Thanks for the update. Praying for you and your family. Love and miss you very much.

  8. Ray Price
    June 29, 2013 | 6:43 pm

    I have been through this. Lost much weight and I have gained a good part back due to bad choices. I had an ulcer at about the same stage. Mine was so bad I lost 75 pounds in one month. It will take time but he will be back at it!

  9. a
    June 29, 2013 | 7:38 pm

    Crap! Sorry to hear there are complications, but I’m sure Vic can handle them. Much luck to you all – hope things are best case and he’s back to feeling great soon.

  10. Pam
    June 29, 2013 | 8:41 pm

    Been watching the updates on FB, will continue to keep y’all in my prayers. Call if you need to talk, hon. Love you!

  11. Esperanza
    June 30, 2013 | 12:47 am

    Oh no! I really hope it’s the best case scenario and that when this is all over his recovery will return to “better than textbook.”

    Abiding with both of you.
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  12. Jjiraffe
    June 30, 2013 | 2:25 am

    So glad the update is a good one. I’m sorry about the complications: that sounds scary. Hoping everything returns to textbook.
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  13. Battynurse
    June 30, 2013 | 5:24 am

    So glad that it was a relatively easy fix and hope he’s home soon with no further complications.

  14. Molly
    June 30, 2013 | 9:41 am

    This is great news, Kristin! Keeping you and your family in my thoughts, and a healthy recovery for Vic!
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  15. St. Elsewhere
    July 1, 2013 | 3:01 am

    What an awful scare.

    I hope Vic heals well and soon, and painlessly.

    You take care.

  16. laura
    July 1, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    wow!! hope the recovery is a speedy one.
    Thanks for stopping by today 😉 Always fun to ‘meet’ new readers.
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  17. Mel
    July 1, 2013 | 9:07 pm

    So scary! I’m glad he’s out of surgery and doing better.
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  18. Dora
    July 16, 2013 | 3:28 pm

    Sorry I missed this. Been busy with my surgery/recovery. That sounds so scary! Glad they figured it out quickly and that Vic is doing better.
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