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#1 lizzie

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 04:56 AM

Hi all, am writing this from hospital, where have been for the last 11 days following a GI bleed. The gastro did endoscopy and found that was due to disquamination of an area in my oesophagus and haematoma. He was really excited and said that he had never seen anything like it, but thought it was sclero related and that the bleeding had been caused by the Cellcept I am taking. Said that he had found one other reported case. Any way after a week of nil orally and IV, I am now on soft diet so things are looking up. Looks like might have to discontinue Cellcept. Anyway rheumatologist coming to discuss tomorrow. Despair of ever getting out of here!

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 05:12 AM

Hi Lizzie,

Oh my goodness, I'm sorry you are in the hospital! It sounds like you have been having quite a time of it.

I'm glad they caught the bleed and that you are able to eat, a little, again. I'll be sending good wishes your way, in hopes you'll be healed from this soon!
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#3 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 05:58 AM

Oh Lizzie! Poor you, that can't have been any fun whatsoever. Is the silver lining in your cloud an ice cream diet??

Let us know what the rheumatologist says, OK?

Hope you are home again soon, even if you do have to give up the maid service.

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#4 Sweet

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 08:42 AM

Oh Lizzie,

Love, I am so sorry. 11 days! I hope you are able to come home soon.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 09:13 AM

Lizzie
I am so sorry to hear of the GI issues, things haven't been going to well for you recently but lets hope that now you are back eating a little that you will soon get out of there.
I have to say I did wonder what was happening because had not heard from you in chat. Hope to hear from you soon.

Take & best wishes
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 10:40 AM

Oh Lizzie, I have been silently wondering where you've been...so sorry to hear it is in the hospital....but I am glad to hear that things are finally starting to look up for you and you are able to eat a little again. Let us know what the rheumatologist has to say about all this. Get well soon, we missed you!!! :)
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 12:14 PM

Hi Lizzie ,

I am so glad that you were able to get treated quickly. Did you know that you were bleeding before you went in? Sorry....kind of a nosey question! I will keep you in my thoughts for a quick exit out that hospital door.

Take care, Everyone.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 04:56 PM

Wow Lizzie, this came on quick, didn't it? Please let us all know what you find out tomorrow. I just read up on Cellcept causing internal bleeding. I am so sorry. I hope you can go home soon and can get back to your normal diet.

Sorry and feel better.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 06:41 PM

Hi lizzy,

Sorry you have been going through a rough time. Will keep you in my thoughts and wish you a speedier recovery. Oh, 11 days in a hospital sounds terrible. Keep us posted.

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 09:44 PM

Hey Lizzie,

Totally sympathise about going crazy in hospital. I love that your gastro doctor was "excited" - don't we just love being unique medical cases?! I find that something about the hospital environment makes it impossible for me to concentrate on reading books, which I would normally be quite happy to spend 11 days doing. The only thing for it is to succumb to the lure of the gossip magazines - Heat, Hello, OK, even Take a Break, why not?!

Keep your chin up, what, what. B x
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 01:35 AM

Lizzie, I hope you recover fully from this ordeal. Eleven days sure seems like a long time now adays. Usually after 1 or 2 days you are thrown out because of insurance reasons. Even if the person is still quite unstable it seems like they are sent home way to soon. I hope this time passes quickly for you. Get well soon and keep us informed on how you are doing.
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 02:45 AM

Lizzie,

I'm new here, but I wanted to offer my support and wish you well. Hope you are feeling better soon!

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 09:15 AM

Dear all, thanks for the good wishes. Finally got out today. Am now really enjoying doing all the mundane household stuff that normally avoid like the plague (this phase won't last long) and being able to make myself a decent cup of tea, even though do have to wait until it is almost cold before drinking it to avoid hurting the oesophagus. Is feeling better each day though.

Margaret, I did know I was bleeding, vomited quite an impressive amount of blood so thought I better go to A and E.

Princess, I experienced hospital apathy as well. I haven't even managed to read a whole book in a fortnight, just fitfully watched a bit of TV, flicked through a couple of magazines and took frequent naps (it was very difficult to sleep at night as very noisy). Think is also partly due to it being so warm in there, a good side of which was very few Raynaud's attacks. The only thing that kept me sane was colleagues visiting throughout the day (I work at the same hospital) and texting on my mobile.

Saw rheumatologist today, says that I have to permanently stop the CellCept, which I am a bit gutted about as think it was finally beginning to have some effect.

Lizzie

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 10:05 AM

Lizzie....welcome home and get yourself some much needed rest.

Take care, Everyone
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 11:02 AM

Hi Lizzie

Glad you are home now...and hopefully, you will get several good nights of sleep in. Sorry to hear the cellcept is the culprit, especially when you feel it was starting to work for you. Don't suppose your rheumatologist had a plan B for you?
Sending good wishes your way!

#16 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 02:36 PM

Hi Lizzie,

I'm glad you are out of the hospital. I'm sorry the Cellcept didn't work out for you...and I'm sure glad it was caught in time, too.
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