Saturday, March 29, 2014


Kelly has been sick since November.
We finally got a referral to Seattle Children's after an ultrasound showed gall stones.
Hoping that would be the cause of her illness because it would be so simple, we went to Seattle for surgery on Valentine's Day.

The night before, we stayed at Nana's.
Anthony has so much fun with Uncle Joe.
Of course, Uncle Joe plays football with him.  :)
 Uncle Jose even spoiled Anthony with soda, and with a straw!
 Doing homework the night before...probably not as much studying being done as there should be.

 Kelly no longer has a gall bladder, but she still gets sick.
So we went back to visit a GI specialist instead of just the surgeon.
He gave us a very vague diagnosis, but it all made sense and is something that can be taken care of with more natural methods.  We were so excited!
Can you see it on her face?

...Fast forward a couple weeks, and Kelly's in the ER with such extreme pain she's writhing in the car, screaming.  They gave her morphine, the pain disappeared, and they sent her home.
The next day, same pain.
Back in the ER, they did more tests.  This time, they did more than blood work.
Kelly's liver numbers from the blood work were going up, in the wrong way.
Her ultrasound showed her liver duct being dilated.
With the pain being so extreme still, even with morphine again, we decided to have her ambulanced to Seattle.
We got to Seattle, and her pain had the ER staff jumping to get it under control.
Once they found a good medicine, more tests were inconclusive.
Kelly was admitted so we could figure out what was causing the pain.

An MRI the next evening showed everything as being normal inside.
Her pain was gone, and the liver numbers improved so much that we got to go home after another night in the hospital.

The specialists feel Kelly had a "stray gall stone" that was passed through the liver.
And/or sludge, which is tiny, microscopic pieces of stone.

Whatever the cause, when she was allowed to leave, she put on regular clothes, make up, and was so excited to be normal again!

Sleeping on the way home, with her blanket that had been waiting when she got her room at the hospital.
For all you quilters, I cannot tell you enough how wonderful it is when people make and donate quilts to hospitals or Ronald McDonald House for patients to have.
It has always been comforting for Anthony, and it really really really touched Kelly that someone would think of her when she had had such an AWFUL, painful experience.
Even though other bedding was changed during the two full days we were in the hospital, that quilt stayed on Kelly.

 Anthony with one of his quilts that he received at the hospital.

So far, Kelly is doing well.  
She's still sick, but we have additional things we're working on, to hopefully help her get better in the next several months.

All I know is that Kelly's personality is back!  She is definitely feeling better, and I hope it stays that way.


Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Stopped by your blog because the comment you left on my blog didn't have an email with it. Thanks for the reminder that I need to mention I used a double layer of batting in my hot pads.

I hope your daughter is feeling 100% soon. I've made quite a few quilts for Seattle Children's Hospital. It's always nice to hear that people appreciate them. (I didn't make either of those blankets...but I've made 10 or so.)

-Polly @ Pieces by Polly :)

Karen Gerstenberger said...

Dear Sarah,
I learned about your blog through Polly (see the comment above). I am so glad that Kelly is doing better, and am grateful to you for your words about the quilts and blankets at Seattle Children's Hospital (and Ronald McDonald House). Our family lived in both places during 2006-7, and that is why I founded Katie's Comforters Guild (, to provide just the kind of comfort you describe here. God bless you and your family!