Hospital Stay and Fundraising Successby Jenelle on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 6:53
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 warm 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!