Nancy had emergency surgery for New Years

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Joy in FL
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Re: Nancy had emergency surgery for New Years

Post by Joy in FL » Tue Jan 13, 2004 12:55 am

Well, Ms. Nancy no one can accuse you of having an uneventful New Year!

I hope your flight home was comfortable. Rest and take care of yourself.
Joy in FL is now living in Georgia!
Left TBI on October 31, 1991

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Re: Nancy had emergency surgery for New Years

Post by njbirk » Wed Jan 14, 2004 7:48 am

Thanks everyone for all your good wishes. It is heartening and cheering to know that one has such friends scattered around the globe wishing one well.

On New Year's Eve, I was having some significant pain in my abdomen which put me in the ER. I was on the Texas coast on vacation, literally in the middle of nowhere on Matagorda Island, to do some birdwatching. The county hospital was 45 minutes away but we found it!

After a CT scan, it appeared that I had a ruptured diverticulitis, which is life threatening and they did emergency surgery. Fortunately once in, it was not ruptured but was abcessed and they did whatever they do to clean that out, closed me up, and then began pumping in major amounts of IV antibiotics. I'm still on a couple of oral antibiotics and am recovering from both the diverticulitis and the abdominal surgery.

It was quite an experience and not the most pleasant way to usher in the New Year, but I am glad to be here! Having a bpi does complicate other surgical procedures and I'll be sharing more about that in an upcoming President's column.

In the meantime, I'm back home, weak in body but strong in spirit.


Louise H. Beaulieu
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Re: Nancy had emergency surgery for New Years

Post by Louise H. Beaulieu » Wed Jan 14, 2004 9:02 am

Keep that high spirit going Madame nice to hear your are one cool chick and I admire your tenacity. Peace to you and a blessed healthy New Year! Louise

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Re: Nancy had emergency surgery for New Years

Post by Dean-na » Wed Jan 14, 2004 9:44 am


I am so glad that your doing better. I know that your glad to be back home. I bet you had no idea what was happening. You know it is bad when you get sick but something like that happening & be out of town at the same time was probably very scarey. You better take care.


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Re: Nancy had emergency surgery for New Years

Post by jep98056 » Wed Jan 14, 2004 1:23 pm

Glad that you're home and on the road to recovery.

John P.

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Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:Daughter has global palsy (c5-T1 injury) 5 surgeries at Texas Children's by Dr
Laurent, Shenaq, and Nath. 1st Surel graft 2nd Intercostal transfer 3rd Latisimus Dorsi transfer with subscapular release 4th Pec release 5th Bicep lenghtening, (which weakened her bicep, and contracture returned.) Has went through serial casting with fair results. Her arm is about a hand shorter then the other. She has limited hand function. (able to grasp) Arm stays pronated. Unable to get to neutral. Now dealing with sternoclavicular subluxation. All that being said....She is very functional. She is a very determined, strong, tenacious young woman. Now 15. She plays the trumpet, french horn, drums, guitar, and now learning piano. Has always played on a softball, and basketball team. Until recently, for fear of further injury due to the sternoclavicular subluxation. (separation of colarbone from sternum) Not sure if all this is spelled right.

Re: Nancy had emergency surgery for New Years

Post by Brenda333 » Wed Jan 14, 2004 4:21 pm

I just posted on the regular board, asking how you were. I am so glad to hear you are doing better. Sending prayers your way.

Best of Health,
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Re: Nancy had emergency surgery for New Years

Post by Lyn ND » Wed Jan 14, 2004 4:51 pm

Hi Nancy
So glad you were able to have success with surgery and on the mend. A troubling time but so pleased it work out well for you. It puts things in to a different perspective when we go through such frightening problems.From here in Australia,my prayers are with you for a speedy recovery .

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Re: Nancy had emergency surgery for New Years

Post by Allison » Wed Jan 14, 2004 8:55 pm

Glad to hear you are on your way to recovery. My goodness, what a scare. Please know we are thinking about you, and hope you are feeling better very soon!

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Re: Nancy had emergency surgery for New Years

Post by admin » Thu Jan 15, 2004 1:06 am


Oh my goodness! What a frightening experience. I am so glad to hear that you are going to be okay. Glad to hear you are strong in spirit. Rest up so you can get strong in body again as well. A crazy way to start the New Year but also a reminder of the blessing of our very own existence. Take care of yourself and know that you have many thoughts and prayers coming your way.