Stella Starr


Stella Starr
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No, Not Dead

Not that the hospital didn't try, but I seem to have kept them at bay long enough for a sane doctor to arrive. Yes, it was very exciting, being in the hospital. From the moment I arrived, they stuck morphine into me every four hours, so my blood pressure was 90/40. I had no idea how close I was to death, I just knew I had to get out form under the fog.

So I'm home, and whatever my significant GI obstruction was, it has cleared up enough for me to come home and get well. They were all exceedingly polite,when they insisted I needed an NG tube. I was just as polite when I refused the naso-gastric tube with which they planned to put air into my stomach. Since I had gastric bypass years back, there IS no stomach. When the sane doctor appeared, she said, "You have good instincts and a good friend." My friend has power of attorney for medical care. They thought if they wiped me out on morphine, she would agree to the procedure. Bless her heart, she didn't understand WHY i refused it, but if I refused it, SHE was going to refuse it for me. She saved my life. The sane doctor explained that the air would have caused my small "stomach pouch" to explode, and I would have bled to death while they tried to figure out what was wrong.

Maybe NOT so boring after all. I'm sure grateful to be home, and regaining my strength.

posted on Nov 13, 2011 2:54 AM ()


Geez, that was a close call. Doctors aren't all knowing. I was mis-diagnosed once with colon cancer! Operated on and everything (at age 60). I'm scared to return for any procedure, colonoscopy for sure!
comment by solitaire on Nov 18, 2011 7:23 AM ()
You're lucky--I live in a senior citizen complex and most are deathly afraid to go into the hospital!!! Glad you are doing okay.
Have you ever written about the gastric bypass surgery? I would love to hear ab out the after effects.
comment by greatmartin on Nov 13, 2011 10:15 AM ()
We are always reminded to take an active part in our health care. WTG!
comment by jjoohhnn on Nov 13, 2011 9:29 AM ()
Hi, thought I'd stop by. What a horror story. What a relief you stuck to your guns and came through.
comment by tealstar on Nov 13, 2011 5:39 AM ()

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