Sunday, January 13, 2008

Say a Prayer for Anthony

I am asking for prayers for my husband Anthony. He had emergency throat surgery on Friday night. It started last Sunday night. He said he had a sore throat. He had been working so much overtime since Nov. to come up with the money for Jacks adoption, that we just thought he was run down. Monday he went to work and when he got home he looked sick. Tuesday he didn't go to work, if you know Anthony, that never happens, so he went to the Dr.'s and called me and said that he had an abscess in his throat and had to have it drained. So they sent him to an ENT and he came home and went to bed. Then on Wed. he went back and they drained it again. I told him to go to the hospital because he didn't look so good, but he refused. Wednesday night he came down just long enough to watch Joseph blow out his candles. My whole family was shocked and told him to go to the hospital. He didn't go. Thursday he was in bed all day and night but his neck looked like it was swollen. Friday morning he woke up and his neck was 10x's the normal size and his eyes were popping out of his head. So, my brother rushed him to the hospital up the road from us.
In the meantime, my brother was going back to Iraq on Friday afternoon. So I drove him to the airport with his kids and again, watched him walk away to go back. My head was reeling. When I called the hospital, Anthony said they had him on heavy antibiotics and that he would be home soon. I get home from the airport and an hour later I get a call from Anthony that they are moving him to another hospital because he needs major surgery. I race to that hospital and the Dr. told me that if he would have waited another day or 2 he would have died. He had puss traveling to his brain and his heart. WHAT?!?!? How could this be happening? I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone. So I go home and get my kids situated and I drive to this other hospital and they wouldn't let me in to see him before the surgery. Well, thank god I am a nasty ass because they DID LET ME IN!!!. They held him up for the surgery because he didn't have his insurance card. They wouldn't take the paperwork from the other hospital. He sat in the ER for 2 hours with no IV's because he didn't have his card. Freaked me out. The surgeon explained the procedure to us and they said they would have to do a Tracheotomy on him also. They said the procedure could be very dangerous. So off he went and I just sat and waited. Anthony's cousin came to sit with me. I finally got to see him and he looked good considering. He didn't have as much puss as they thought, but he had a lot of gas pockets throughout his neck. So he has 2 draining tubes and a trach tube. He will be in the hospital for a week and then we are not sure what the home recovery will be like. He thinks he's going back to work next week. Not happening. So our life is on hold for now.
So if you would just say a prayer for him to get better and for us to hang in I would really appreciate it.

16 comments:

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

OMG!!!
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family..
Anthony will recover..
He will be home soon..
Hugs to you girly..
Keep us informed...

lara said...

Oh Lisa that is just plain awful, prayers being offered up for his recovery to be fast , i hope that you and the Kids are ok too .Thats terrible that they wouldn't do anything without the medical card , thats one thing we dont have to worry about over here.Big hugs to you xx

Anonymous said...

I hope you, the kids and your mom are ok, I will be praying for all of you. I hope Anthony is home soon. Isn't insurance just a pain in the butt!! Take care.
Vicki

alison said...

wow....THAT IS JUST CRAZY!!! Praying for Anthony now.

PletcherFamily said...

I follow both of your blogs. We are praying for your husband and family and know that everything will turn out okay. Keep us informed.

Peanut's Mommy said...

Lisa,

You know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Jenni said...

Oh my goodness. We are saying prayers for sure. Get well Anthony and work will wait. ;)
Hugs to you and the kids Lisa.

Anonymous said...

I am praying for Dear Anthony. I can not believe what happened. Thank God he got to the hospital. Love to all of you. Michele

Cathryn said...

Lisa, I hope Anthony is doing OK in his recovery. We're thinking of you all. Hang in there. Best wishes, Cathryn Mark and Adelie

Anonymous said...

Lisa,

Hope Anthony is doing well, and has a speedy recovery. The kids are beautiful! Loved all your pictures. Wishing you all much happiness. Come visit us for lunch one day.
June

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all!! Please wish Anth our best~and you take care too! If you need ANYTHING please call! We love you all and know that things will be ok!! Tell Mom we said hello too!! Love you all!!
Tricia,Joey & JoJo

Eileen said...

Lisa, I hope you remember me, we "met" via email last year from a yahoo website. I read your blog faithfully and admire how your family has grown. I loved your wedding pictures. My prayers are with you and Anthony. My friend's son had the same problem and surgery and he is fine now. Hang in there.
Eileen

Marilyn, Paul, PJ, Chris & Lauren said...

Oh Lisa, I'm so sorry. Our family will keep you are your family in our prayers. Take care of yourself, as this must have been so stressful for you. Big cyber-hug to you.

Marilyn

Odemaris y Florencio said...

My prayers are with your family. Everything will work out. Big hug

Sharon said...

I'm so sorry that he is going through all of that. I will pray and for you too. Take care of yourself!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I am glad Anthony is feeling better and was able to be home for your birthday. I hope you had a nice day/night despite all the stress that has been built up lately! Happy Birthday again!! Love, Liz