I had to work 3-11:30 Christmas Eve, so we decided to drive all through the night to maximize our time in Ohio, since I had to work Saturday and Sunday as well.
We made good time, and we arrived at the Ohio Blakemore's house shortly after 7am. We somehow arrived within minutes of the Shultz family, who traveled from Nebraska for the week.
The kids did a little sleeping on the way, but Michael slept the least. I took a few short naps, and Jon drove the whole way.
We enjoyed Christmas day with family in Ohio, and the following day as well. Lots of games and good talks until the wee hours of the morning.
Might I mention here that I was the only Rook player who was undefeated? I think they all underestimate me as a key player. Just sayin'.
The kids had the best time, especially Michael, who enjoyed older boy cousins to rough-house with.
We were supposed to travel back on Friday night, but Thursday night, Steve (Jon's brother) took the men out for a nice meal and to celebrate James' (Jon's nephew) engagement. In the restaurant, Jon had an esophageal spasm, and he could not swallow his bite. It lodged in the upper 3rd of his esophagus, and there it stayed. They came home, and we tried unsuccessfully to get it down for 5-6 hours, and he finally relented about 2am when we headed into the ER.
The ER doc said that they were going to try some meds to relax the smooth muscles of the esophagus, so he got IV Glucagon and a Nitroglycerin paste patch. Meanwhile, Jon could not even swallow saliva, and lots of retching continued. The meds caused the food to drop a little bit, but it still was completely obstructing his esophagus, so they decided he needed an EGD endoscopy to go retrieve it. So lots of IV fluid and some Versed & Demerol came aboard, and off he went to endoscopy. The GI doc said that he thinks Jon has a condition called Eosinophilic Esophagitis (that will need to be confirmed by biopsy in 8 weeks) where the esophagus gets inflamed and narrow so that normal bites of food get stuck. They had to slice up the food to get the esophagus clear (he might as well get to digest it after all that, right?), and then we stayed as Observation status for a while.
Here's the EGD pictures of Jon's esophagus. The top is complete obstruction, then the second picture is after it was cleared. Notice also that they listed my very manly husband as a female.
Jon now has to follow-up with a Gastroenterologist for a follow-up EDG to confirm the diagnosis and to begin treatment. The doc that did the procedure said that the condition is managed with the same drugs that they use to treat asthma, as those meds smooth inflamed smooth muscle. Until then, Jon has been ordered to a soft diet. Yesterday, he discovered that pistachios are NOT soft, and he paid the consequences. He has tried to be non-compliant, but his body responds quite quickly in protest. Some patients learn the hard way.
So we ended up leaving for home on Saturday, and I had to call out of work, but thankfully we are home and Jon is recovering.
I might need some medical attention when I get the out-of-network bills, though...