Hospital Stay and Fundraising Success

by on Monday, June 8, 2009 23:53
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It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, but it was for good reason. First, the reason was that I got back into my regular life after my second surgery and stopped thinking about UC all the time (I planned to put the third step off until the fall, as a way to manage my work and school commitments). All was well, until I got two partial blockages that sent me into the hospital about 3.5 months after surgery 2. So then the reason became that I’m in the hospital. And I write that in the present tense purposely – I have been here for almost a month and am writing this from my hospital bed (at least I have internet access in the hospital now, a new development – hurray!). The blockages seem to have cleared up but I am still losing way too much fluid, so I cannot leave until we get the massive quantity of fluid I am emitting under control. I am incredibly frustrated as this is an enormous amount of time to be in the hospital and I am really feeling frustrated with missing my life and the little good weather my city has to offer (I was in the hospital this time last year, too, and basically missed the whole summer being sick. When you are in Canada, summer is precious and I’m a warmJenelle's Power Pack weather woman!).

Yesterday was the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Heel-n-Wheel-a-thon (the Canadian national organization) and my original goal a few months ago was to run it. I recruited a number of friends and colleagues to participate with me and I was quite excited about the event. After being hospitalized, my goal was to be out in time to watch. Eventually, the goal was downgraded to getting an approved temporary absence from the hospital so I could attend and, happily, I got one! The event itself was really fun, with free food and lots of activities for children (two of my nephews attended and had a blast). My colleagues went ahead and made “Jenelle’s Power Pack” t-shirts (they said “Run, Colon, Run on the front) and raised almost $2,300 which was really great. Even my boss came out and walked the race with his wife. I felt very touched and supported by the whole event, and that at least something positive was coming out of my being sick again. Next year, my goal is to run it!

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6 Responses to “Hospital Stay and Fundraising Success”

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    Brevin says:

    June 9th, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Oy Janelle. A month in the hospital due to blockage? I would totally round house kick your blockage in your face (don’t visualize that one) and we (me and uh… people from this community) should go visit you and keep you company. But then I read that part where it’s Canada. Poopsicle!
    The San Francisco “Take Steps” fund-raising walk for the C and C Foundation was this past Saturday, but it was recommended I don’t go try to walk the thing because I shouldn’t overdo it this close to my discharge date. Recovery shmovery, says I, but yeah, it was probably a bad idea. For some reason I get exhausted doing silly things like walking up stairs or trying to…walk down those same stairs. So due to silly timing with my first surgery, I had to sit out this walk. I did manage to raise a tiny bit of money (probably barely enough to buy Gatorade for the volunteers).
    Next year I’m running!
    Good luck, and I hope you escape the hospital soon!



    Brevin Reply:

    Rephrasing that second sentence to “I would totally round house kick your blockage in ITS face…”
    I totally wont kick you in YOUR face.



    Megan Reply:

    Glad you clarified the typo Brevin about no kicking in the face – this is a good rule since we only promote violence to defunct colons and subsequent complications but not the colon owners on this site :)


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    Megan says:

    June 9th, 2009 at 10:47 am


    So glad to hear from you! We had been wondering if all was well, and I thought maybe you were just swamped with your dissertation. You sure have had a long ride with these surgeries and recovery, I figure at this point #3 has to go really smooth for you you’ve paid your dues. Although a rough tiem you are in sounds like your spirits are good, and that is great news about the walk, you raised a lot of money and that is wonderful how much support you have. It is at times like these when you realize what “community” means when you can see your colleagues, friends, family come out like that to support you. We’re sending all our healing vibes your way – take care!


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    Redheadedmama says:

    June 9th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Jenelle – I must have missed you at the walk! Not sure how, although we had two two-year olds with us and it was like herding cats to get them to walk in a straight line, so our 10km walk ended up being more like 2km. I can’t believe you are still in hospital. You don’t do anything halfway, do you? :)


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    Jenelle says:

    June 9th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Brevin, you always make me laugh! And I’m glad you don’t want to kick me. My friends keep telling me that I need to give my intestines a firm talking to, but I think violence is appropriate in this case. Wise choice with skipping the walk this year, but it’s always nice to have a goal for next year (perhaps we’ll both get to run it!).

    Megan, thanks for the positive vibes. I do still read the site regularly, I just hadn’t gotten around to posting. School & work had gotten really intense before the hospitalization and then, of course, I didn’t feel up to write all that much.

    Kristen, I don’t know how I missed you, either! I asked some of the volunteers that I recognized from the one meeting I managed to attend if they knew where you were & to tell you that I was there. We were the team of pink t-shirts (my favourite colour!). We also had 2 of my nephews there (almost 3 and almost 5) so it was pretty distracting. They are going to bike it next year!


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