current Hospital History
(last updated 1-12-16)
On Sat, November 7th I had to take Kathy to the ER in Red Wing MN. After 3 hours of tests, she was transferred
to the Rochester Mayo Hospital for surgery to repair a ruptured colon.
The surgeon at Mayo felt that surgery was too risky at that
time and elected to treat the problem with antibiotics and a
drain. On Monday Nov 9th a drain was inserted, two hours
after that procedure, Kathy
went into septic shock and was rushed to the ICU where she
remained for the next 5 days. On the evening
of the13th she was transferred back her original room. Two days
later she was released to the care of the Kinnic Rehab Center in
River Falls. There was no progress made in her recovery at
the Kinnic Center and following a trip to the ER at the
River Falls hospital, we returned to Rochester on Monday Nov.
30th where she was readmitted to the Mayo Clinic hospital.
On Tuesday December 1st, Kathy was taken into surgery.
What was expected to take three and half hours stretched out
into over eight hours. When they opened her up they found
a large hole in the colon and one and half leaders of crap had
escaped the body cavity damaging both the bladder
and the rectum. This damage was repaired and they also removed a portion of
Currently Kathy has a colonoscopy which we anticipate can be
reversed in 5 to 6 months. Following the surgery, Kathy once
again went into septic shock and had to be treated in
the ICU for the next 3 days. Because of the extensive infection, they
were not able to complete the surgical closesure and a second surgery
was scheduled for Friday December 4th. to finish sewing her up.
The good news is, they were able to stabilize Kathy and remove the breathing
tube after three days in ICU. Kathy remained in Rochester
for another two weeks and
then returned to the Kinnic Home for the rest of her
recovery. It was questionable if she will be home for
Christmas. Kathy is able to accept phone calls and may be
reached at: (715)821-7794
Kathy did not
make it home for Christmas, but I was able to take her to
Brian's house for Christmas Eve and we will be going to
Wilson's home on the 26th for Christmas with the rest of the
I took Kathy back
to Mayo this past Tuesday(12/22) for a follow up visit. They
removed the stitches in the main incision; however, the catheter
remained in place as there is still a small leakage in the upper
part of the bladder and they are testing for a possible
infection in the bladder as well. Next Mayo visit is scheduled for
January 15 at which time, if all is well, they will remove the
catheter and the remaining stitches around the colostomy.
Kathy is a long way from full recovery, but she gets stronger
with each passing day and her attitude is very good.
I took Kathy back
to Rochester Mayo yesterday for an earlier than expected follow
up visit which turned out to be a three star day. All the
test results came back positive and they removed the catheter.
Based on her recovery progress, after over 10 weeks in a
hospital environment, Kathy is scheduled to come home on
Once again we
want to thank everyone for their prayers, visits, flowers and
cards during the past three months. It is our prayer
that Our Lord will bless each of you with a happy and
prosperous new year.