By the time we were ready to leave California, I finally started to feel a little human again. I still felt diseased and wore a mask whenever I left the guest bedroom. My poor brother in law, Kent almost never left his room.
Amidst the gloom, we discovered that there was perhaps a silver lining. Hopefully.
We came to California to help Art’s sister, Kay because her husband was in a great deal of pain since July and was going to have his gall bladder removed. The doctors hoped that by doing so, the pain would go way. But they weren’t absolutely sure.
Since he had horrible vomiting and bleeding that sent him to the hospital the night we arrived, they discovered that the pain was most probably because of the huge bleeding ulcer.
Now that they are treating the ulcer and have put him on a specific diet, he is feeling a whole lot better. He finally has an appetite and is not in much pain. He was even out gardening for a bit the day we left.
Therefore, although we were extremely upset and scared by all that happened, overall, we’re finding that Kent was actually quite lucky. By going to the ER and having another battery of tests, they discovered the ulcer. By having to stay at the hospital, he could avoid being near me and my cold for a while.
So yes, it was an awful time… but, it may have saved him from an unnecessary operation and prevented putting his health at further risk.
You just never know.