Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Jensen's Just Can't Keep out of the Hospital...


My nephew, Zack, has had a swollen and painful toe for a few months now. I've swiped some entries off of his mom's blog (thanks stacey) to document their journey.
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Sunday, January 11, 2009
Yep, I am headed to Utah again. Wish I could say this is for fun stuff, but knowing my luck you know that isn't the case. This time I am taking Zack to Primary Children's Hospital for a consultation with a pediatric orthoped about the fourth toe on his right foot. No one in Idaho can seem to figure it out. Hopefully they will be able to figure it out and get it resolved with relative ease. Keep us in your prayers. As an anxious mother I need all the help I can get.

Tuesday January 13, 2009
Dr. Stotts at Primary Children's Hospital believes this is an infection that is now manifesting itself after having been dormant for an indeterminable amount of time. We headed home today and will be back Thursday night for a bone biopsy on Friday.
They plan to clean out any infection and then put Zack on antibiotics to clear it up. This will involve a stitch or two and the entire procedure should only last a half hour. As you can imagine Zack is a bit nervous, but the doctor promised to give him something to smell that will help him to sleep through the entire thing. Those who have had surgery know they will put him under to do the procedure.

The doctors in Rexburg were to send his records down. Unfortunately they only sent the reports down, not the actual x-rays or MRI that we have already done. As a result, we had another x-ray done and had to have Madison Memorial Hospital overnight the MRI down to Dr. Stotts. He will review this prior to the bone biopsy and then we should be set to go.
So begins the reoccurring travels for medical reasons in the lives of the Jensens. Alas....

Thursday January 13, 2009
We go into surgery tomorrow morning. Fasting begins at midnight tonight followed by check in at 11:15 a.m. This is really hard as a parent to take your child in to have surgery. You would so much rather do that than have them go through it themselves. As many of you know, Zack being the somewhat (ok really) dramatic child he is, isn't going to be a fan of this at all. I worry more about his ability to deal with it mentally rather than recover or endure it physically.
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Zack is home today and everything went well yesterday. Zack is in great spirits and says that his toe doesn't hurt at all. What a tough kid! The bone biopsy was completed and we won't know any results of that for 7-10 days. The doctors told Stacey not to assume that this all over YET, but we are all sure hoping so!

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Poor Zacky (I really shouldn't call him that anymore. he is ten!) isn't the only one spending some time in the hospital. Apparently, it is MY turn as well. This week at my "yearly visit" with my doctor a cyst was found in my pelvis. They are not for sure whether it is attached to my ovary or not, but it is quite large (9cm. that's a small potatoe!) and has to come out. Cysts that large tend to turn on themselves, on the ovaries, and on other organs. My doctor said that if we didn't schedule a surgery to remove it, eventually I would be seeing him in the ER for emergency surgery. So.... here we go! My procedure (as I like to call it. cause it is really a simple thing) will be on Tuesday and is an out patient procedure. Dr. Barton said I should be back to normal within a few days. Of course, I'm being well taken care of. Family and friends have all volunteered to help with the kids and I just got off the phone with my ward's compassionate service leader and they are bringing in dinner for THREE days. (That is actually embarrassing! I'm sure I would be able to manage.) I'm so thankful for the kindness. Sure seems like we have been on the receiving end way more in the last year way. I have a lot of "paying it forward" to do!

15 comments:

Arin Rohrbach said...

I don't think you have to worry about paying it forward since it sounds like you've been doing kind things for people your whole life. Now you are just pulling some out of the savings account :) Good luck!

diane said...

Good luck with your procedure. Take it easy.

Hazen5 said...

You poor Jensens! I hope everything goes well. Get some rest, I will be thinking of you on Tues.

Jill said...

I'm thinking of you! All will be well...MMMMUUUAAAHHH!

meyersbd said...

Im sorry to hear about your "procedure"! I hope it all goes well!! if you need any help with you kids let me know!
Loretta

Bridget said...

Good luck! we'll be keeping you in our prayers. Glad you have such great friends and family around to take care of you.

cath said...

ugh! sorry for the additional hassles and concerns ... take it easy and let others take care of you for a little bit, okay??

Pam said...

I wish you didn't live so far away and your Mama would take care of everything! But you know you will be in our prayers Tuesday! I love you very much!

Stacey Jensen said...

I hope you are feeling good soon. No matter if it is surgery, a biopsy, a procedure or a small cut that requires stitches (or in Kendon's case major stitches) it still isn't fun doing the entire hospital thing. I am thinking of you and love ya. Let me know if they kiddos need to come play for a while in the evenings. They are always welcome.

Linsey said...

Good luck. I'm sending you all the good karma I can muster.

Lauren in GA said...

Thanks for sharing this about your family Lisa-Marie. They will be in my thoughts and I will be sure to send prayers their way, too. I hope both Momma and son feel 100% soon. I can't imagine how hard it would be to have a child go into surgery.

queenieweenie said...

you will be in my thoughts and prayers today...hope all goes well.

bummer.

E Harestad said...

Oh - for heaven's sake!! It is sooo not funny - but if anyone can take this - it's you and your family. You have always been one of the strongest people I know - and always doing it with a smile. Good luck today - love ya.

Penny said...

You are the toughest bunch I know! Keep smilin' and all will be well. Love you and miss you. Aunt Penny

Grandma W. said...

So glad Zack is Ok now! I hope the bone biopsy comes back A-OK too! Sure a good thing they had that taken care of when they did!
Don't the darndest things happen to kids??! Who would ever think a little something on the toe would turn into something like that?!!
You tell him we are glad he is OK!
We love you!