I am going to title this email A Couple of Tales:
A TALE OF TWO BRITTANYs – Joe’s nurse and patient care tech over the weekend were both named Brittany. Not only did they give him excellent care all weekend but Joe had an opportunity to talk with both of them about their relationship with God. Both had made early commitments to Jesus Christ but had drifted away over the years. Joe had an opportunity to pray with them and encourage them to renew their relationship with the Lord. We are praying for continued opportunities to touch lives at Cooper, as it looks as if Joe will be here for a few days more, at least.
A TALE OF 3 CITIES- While we were on our TN trip, Joe had a CT scan at the hospital in Pigeon Forge. The radiologist said that Joe had compression of a major blood vessel (superior mesenteric vein or SMV) that takes nutrient-rich blood from the intestines to the liver.
When Joe went to the hospital in Toms River, NJ, and had a CT scan there, the radiologist and the doctors said that the reading of the CT from TN was wrong and there was no compression of the SMV.
Now we are in the 3rd city – Camden, NJ. Joe had yet another CT which shows that his SMV is indeed being compressed, as well as possible involvement of some other blood vessels. Hmmmm. It has certainly confirmed that we are in the right place to find out what is going on. It is uncertain at this point what is causing the nausea/vomiting and how much of it is related to the vascular issue. Joe was supposed to have an upper GI/ small bowel follow-through test today but still had too much contrast in his system for it to be done, so that was postponed until tomorrow.
By the way, this is the second year in a row that Joe had had to watch the beginning of the NFL season from the hospital. We call it the kickoff from Cooper. Go Eagels!