Re: Home

From: Janet Karam (
Sun Aug 12 18:05:11 2001

Dear Karla,

A bag of water?!...I will be real interested to hear what your surgeon says about that. I am so happy to hear from you, and so relieved you are all right...hope you got the card I sent to the care of you doc? Love and hugs coming your way!


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From: To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS

Sent: 8/12/01 4:52:38 PM

Subject: Home

Hi all!

I just wanted to let you all know that I am home safe and sound. I had

my surgery on July 30th....although to this day I do not understand

exactly what was done and why. I do know that they placed some type of

tissue or skin expander under one side of my extreme upper abdomen.

Originally they had scheduled me to remain in Chicago for six weeks

following this procedure. Then days beforehand I was told I would only

have to stay two weeks. Two days after the surgery they came into my

room and told me I could go home.

When I returned home I had absolutely no clue as to what had been done.

But as luck would have it I developed another kidney infection and lots

of pain at the site of the wound. When they did a ct scan they found a

huge pocket of fluid at the site. They were making plans to open the

incision up but called my surgeon first and were told he put a large bag

of water under my skin....I guess a different type of expander??? I

don't really know. I had originally been told that they were making

special expanders and would then place them in my abdomen on both sides.

I guess I have allowed myself once again to let the doctors do whatever

they wanted without thoroughly explaining things to me. I want to know

exactly what this procedure is...what all the steps are that I am going

through....I want to know everything.

Anyways after a few days in the local hospital here I am back

home....but feeling poorly. I feel extremely I had

gone through a ten hour surgical procedure instead of what was done. I

do go back to see the surgeon on the 21st....I will get some answers. I

am also scheduled to see my pcp one day this week. He was gone on

vacation while I was sick so they want me in to see him asap.

I would like to say thank you to each and everyone of you for your

thoughts, prayers and cards. While this procedure was extremely minor

in my condition it very well could have been deadly. Each and everyone

of your thoughts and prayers was heard and appreciated.

Marianne...thanks for the is awesome. What wonderful things we

can do with a little box...and what love can flow.

Love to all.


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--- Janet Karam


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