Wednesday, May 02, 2007

extra! extra! read all about it ...!

Hi, folks.

This is Mrs. Monty/Judy/Ace/Holmes' mom. Dave is in the hospital and has been since Sunday late afternoon. Unfortunately, this time he does not have computer access, so he can't get online with y'all directly to tell you what's happening. So, you got me.

I won't go into all the ucky details. They've done a number of scans and tests, all aimed at pinpointing where he's bleeding inside. They THINK it's from one or more diverticulosus sites along the right side of his large intestine. SO, either tomorrow or Friday, they're going to remove the right half of his large intestine. Yes, you read that right.

He's gotten five pints of blood since Sunday evening. Thank heavens, he's not in any pain. He's uncomfortable because the bed is uncomfortable, he gets woken up every hour by the blood pressure cuff on his left arm, and they're constantly coming into his room to check on him/take blood/give him blood or fluids/ etc. And he hasn't eaten anything since Monday night. (they fed him to see what would happen ... they found out: he bled like a wild man late Monday night.)

After the surgery, if all goes well, he'll be in the hospital another four or five days. I don't know what his overall recuperation period will be, but at least he should be home.

I am so ready for that ... I don't sleep very well when he's not on the other side of the bed.


The CEO said...

Just talked w/Dave. He said it's the ascending colon that's going to be removed. Isn't that the same as the right side of the large intestine? What do I know about medicine?!


Eau De Incognito said...

My prayers are with you guys. Hang in there Monty! Maybe they will let you take the piece home in a jar.

Wicked H said...

Wow! We are all sending good thoughts and lots of prayers. If we can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask.

Looking forward to hearing the good results.

Hang in there, all of you!

Claudia said...

Oh, how scary. Even though I'm sure that the docs are all very good, surgery still is serious stuff. I'll be thinking of you all and wishing el CEO a successful surgery and speedy recovery! hang in there!!

mist1 said...


Get a permanent marker and put an X where the surgeon should cut. Draw some arrows too. I've seen this kind of stuff on TV before.

I don't want you to bring home any less of him than absolutely necessary.

cmhl said...

Judy!! at last we "speak"!!

I'm sure you already know this, but your husband only speaks of you in the most glowing of terms-- you are a good egg.

Tell him to hang in there, follow directions, and ask for the good stuff as far as pain medication..

Lee said...

Monty and Judy,

Man, so much stuff happens when I miss a coupla days of blog reading. I am sending all my warm, healing hippy thoughts. Tell Monty he's gotta get well soon cuz my Hippie-son really wants to go fishing with him!


Alison said...


Thanks for the update on our beloved CEO. You've got our thoughts for a successful surgery and a very speedy recovery.

All the best to you.

Allan said...

The best for both of you. You will be in our thoughts.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts are with you three (holmes included). Monty will make it out of surgery well and back home into your loving arms in no time. You two are blessed to have each other and the caring support you both provide is inspirational.
Thank you for the update.

Robin said...

Tes it is on the right...The ascending colon extends from the cecum in the lower right side of the abdomen to the transverse colon on the right side. My thoughts are with you both.

Recovery will be slow. Don't push too hard and it should go well. A colleague of mine just had colon surgery with 15% removed. He is doing quite well but was very sore for 2-3 weeks afterwards. He is now working his normal hours somewhat.

rebecca said...

judy - give dave and holmes my best and wishes for a speedy recovery.

take care of yourself, too!

WanderingGirl said...

All my best to everyone involved... and that includes a surgeon with a steady hand! Tell Monty this is an awfully drastic way to lose weight!

Much love,

Echomouse said...

Damn. I can't stand that Monty is sick. This just isn't fair.

Please tell him I send happy and mega-powerful-healing vibes his way! I'll keep him in my thoughts and prayers daily.

Thank you for updating us Mrs. Monty. A {{BIG HUG}} to both of you. Try not to worry. I'm keeping you and your lovely furry pets in my thoughts and prayers as well.

Glamourpuss said...

Ah, Mrs M, thanks for the update. Hope all goes well and our CEO is recovering soon.

Please pass on my best regards and healthy healing wishes - who needs all that intestine anyway?


cinders said...


I love you guys. You're so cute, especially with all the y'alls.


Good luck and I hope/know everything will go well.

Crankster said...


My best wishes are with the two of you. And, of course, with Dave's descending colon!