Wednesday, February 27, 2008
On Monday, January 28th, my grandma was having some health problems and decided to go to the ER and see what was wrong. After many tests which included blood work, cat scans, and chest x-rays, the doctors decided that they needed to admit her into the hospital. The cat scans showed that she had a large unknown mass in her stomach. The doctors had no idea what it was and where it was coming from. After much debate and discussion with the doctors they suggested that we send her the the OU Medical Hospital in Oklahoma City. On Wednesday, January 30th, she was transferred to OKC by ambulance. The wonderful team of surgeons there ran their own tests and decided that she would need surgery. On Friday night at around 6:00pm the surgery was performed. It lasted about 2 hours and the doctors came back with the news that everything came out great. The mass had not invaded any major organs and she came out fine. After some tests on the mass it came back noncancerous with was a major blessing. Unfortunately, she had to remain on the breathing machine longer than anticipated. When the doctors decided it was time to remove the tube, she did fine for about 45 minutes and they had to put the tube back in. This was not the only time this happened all in all the tube was removed and replaced 3 times. She is now breathing on her own and out of ICU. However, due to the number of times the tube was inserted and removed she now has major damage to her throat. She is unable to eat or swallow anything. She is being transferred to a rehab hospital in Norman. They think she will have to remain there for two to three weeks. Through this whole thing she has been so strong and anything that the doctors say need to be done, she just steps up and says OK lets do it. My grandmother truly is my hero, she raised my sisters and me from the time I was 10 years old. She is just like a mother to me and I look up to her so much. I hate that she is going through this pain and if I could I would switch places with her in a heartbeat. Please keep her in your prayers and remember to cherish every day that you have because you never know when something life changing will happen. My grandmother (in the red) with my other grandma and Koy the day he was born.