Friday, February 25, 2011

Ben Is In The Hospital

Ben is in the Kaiser Hospital down in Panorama City. He had a colonoscopy last Tuesday and the air that they pump up there to open things up did not come out like it should have and he could not go to the bathroom or eat. His stomach was cramping really bad and looked huge like a beach ball. I took him to the ER yesterday and they did blood tests and x-rays and also gave him an enema and it seemed to help so they sent him home. He was worse this morning so I took him back to ER this morning. He has what is called an Ileus. It is when the bowels become paralyzed and will not function. They cannot constrict and contract to push gas and stool through. They put him in the hospital overnight for observation and to insert a tube into his rectum to try to get the gas to come out. Hopefully he will be home sometime tomorrow, but it may not be until Sunday. I just hope they can get the gas out so he is not in pain and miserable. I hated leaving him there alone.

Coming home was awful. It was raining and there were accidents everywhere. Just as I was going to get on the free to head north, I heard on the radio that there was a big accident (sigalert) on the northbound 14 at Golden Valley and that all lanes were closed. I ended up going up into Santa Clarita the "old" way by taking all the back roads along the freeway. It took me over an hour to get home from Panorama City.

I will probably be heading back to the hospital early tomorrow morning. I just hope it is not raining a lot.

I will keep you posted.


  1. Oh Kay, I am so sorry... Hopefully, he will get some relief soon... I can only imagine how much pain he is in. What a shame...

    You be careful driving....
    Hugs and Prayers,

  2. Oh no. I hope he is better soon. I'm having some issues here along those lines but not that severe. My colonoscopy is in a month from now.

  3. I am so sorry Ben is in the hospital. I am thinking about you both and hoping all will be well soon.

  4. Hope he is feeling better soon and gets to come home today. Drive careful, Sheila


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