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Does it get less scary? was posted 08/31/2012 12:42 am by Mandee
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My mom is now 3 weeks post Whipple. Surgery was great. Pathology was great. Other than a trip to ICU for afib, and 2 vomiting episodes, everything was smooth sailing until last Friday. After vomiting all afternoon, we went to the ER with a suspected pancreatic fistula. Turned out to be a UTI. Dodged another bullet.

Then, shortly after we received our discharge orders on Sunday, she started throwing up. She was sick for several hours, but eventually settled down and woke up feeling ok. She had an egd on Monday that came back normal but she was incredibly sick most of the night.

Tuesday saw us treating her prophylactically before meals with Xanax, reglan and carafate. She's done great (discharged yesterday) with that routine until tonight. About 2 hours after dinner, she had diarrhea, then began vomiting shortly thereafter. This is after several episodes of light headedness including a near miss/topple off the toilet this afternoon.

I hate to complain because we are so lucky compared to so many of you. But this situation is wearing my normally solid nerves down. Even on good nights, I'm up constantly checking on her (I'm now paranoid about her low blood pressure) so I'm not resting well. Do you ever reach a point where you're comfortable with what's run of the mill Whipple complications and what's more serious? I just don't want to miss something!

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