Sherryl is exhausted and her mouth and throat are too sore to talk. PLEASE: No visitors or calls to the hospital today. Thank you.
While eating dinner last night, several small pieces of meat lodged together in Sherryl's esophagus causing pain and discomfort. She did not have a good night's sleep but headed to day care this morning as usual. This painful incident has happened before (even prior to being diagnosed with cancer) and it simply goes away thanks to the miracles of physiology and the digestive system.
Today, however, Sherryl continued to experience pain and discomfort, so a call was made to her Oncologist who advised her to head to the hospital by way of the emergency room. The expectation was that a Gastroenterologist would perform an endoscopic procedure lasting no more than 30 minutes to simply dislodge the food. Fortunately, Nadine and Susan were also both working at day care, so Sherryl was able to leave the children in good hands for the rest of the day.
Richard met Sherryl at the emergency room, and she was soon in a procedure room as expected. Over 2 hours later, the Gastroenterologist appeared in the waiting to inform Richard and Arleen that, while there had been some progress in removing food particles, there remains a small bolus stuck in a curve of the esophagus. The longer the procedure was underway, the higher the risk of perforation to the esophagus, so the doctor stopped the procedure. Another attempt will be made on Friday, and if there is still no success, surgery may be necessary.
Sherryl was admitted to the hospital and is exhausted from lack of sleep last night and from enduring the 2+ hour endoscopy. Her mouth and throat are sore following the longer-than-expected procedure and she is saying only a few words at a time. She doesn't feel like talking at all. Her eyes are closed and she just wants to sleep.
As for her spirits, she was planning to attend tonight a play in which Annie was performing, and is hugely disappointed to have missed it. A trace of defeat is accompanying Sherryl's exhaustion. It's been a very long 24 hours.
With everything going so well as a result of Sherryl's treatment plan, this is a potential setback physically, mentally, and emotionally. It's time for us to rally again so RaRa soon restores all the energy she has worked so very hard to regain. Let's get her back to that new normal.