I know many of you have been wondering where the Design Diva has been. I shared your concerns, especially when she didn’t comment on melthehound’s Sons of Anarchy post, which we know is her favorite show. I had received a couple of emails from her, right around her birthday, and she said that she hadn’t been feeling very well for a couple of weeks.
This evening, I received a call from her son, affectionately known to all of us as the PITA. He explained to me that she had been admitted to the hospital, having been taken to the ER by Mr. Ford. She is very ill, and is facing the very real possibility of surgery.
Her son has promised to keep me abreast of her condition, and what treatments and procedures she may have to undergo. With her permission, I will keep you informed as to her condition and progress.
I don’t have to tell you what she means to me, to all of us. She’s given all of us much more than she’s ever asked for in return. Please keep her, and her entire family, in your thoughts and prayers.
I’ll update this page whenever I know something new. Thanks for reading and thanks for caring about the Diva.
Some Diva news:
I spoke with both PITA and the Design Diva this evening. PITA and Mr. Ford are understandably worried. Diva, true to form, is driving every hospital employee – doctors, nurses and aides – to drink. She, from what preliminary tests they have done, appears to have suffered a severe flare-up of diverticulitis – at least that’s how they’re treating it for now. They have done one CT scan, another is planned, as well as X-rays of her chest and abdomen. She is also on an IV administering four antibiotics and morphine among other various and sundry meds. A surgeon, from another hospital, is coming in to see her, hopefully tomorrow. I did let her know how many of you sent your good wishes and prayers, which, somehow surprised her and she did have a little teary moment. She’s caught up on her TV shows and was readying herself for a little SAMCRO. Mr. Ford does have someone to help him out until she’s ready and able to come back home and resume normal activities. I will talk to her again tomorrow and, if things go as planned, I’ll be able to give you a better and clearer picture as to what’s going on and what she has in store.
Now, because I’ve learned to never cross a woman who has a working knowledge of witches’ spells and full beaver moons, I’m sending out big hugs to all of you from the Diva.
Update for Oct. 24th:
DD has had a second CT scan, with contrast, which make sense to me. They’re now trying to coordinate a surgeon together with a GI specialist to look at the scan and see if they can come up a real plan of action. The fact that she’s had several attacks doesn’t work in her favor for treating this with just meds and diet, but I’m hoping it won’t go the surgical route. She’s being given Protoxin to deal with inflammation of her esophagus. I did give her all of the Laurita/Manzo lawsuit details and told her that she better be ready to get her red files in order for New Jersey. She’s in really good spirits – I ignored her while she complained about the food and the limited number of TV channels – and we spent well over an hour talking about everything from HW’s and SAMCRO to OJ and Michael Skakel. I’ll call again tomorrow to find out what, if any, decisions have been made. In the meantime, she’s aware of and very grateful for all of your prayers and good wishes, so I’m extending a big thank you on her behalf.
Update for Oct. 25th:
If the good doctors are as happy tomorrow with DD’s improved condition and continued progress as they were today, she may be able to go home as early as Friday afternoon. It’s news that made be feel a whole lot better, and I’m really hoping that she’ll be back on the blogs this weekend, delivering her unique comments and opinions. They’re going to be monitoring her condition as time passes and she’ll have to have some more tests, but, for now, it looks like she’s going to make it out of there without surgery. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I can’t wait for her to see what’s become a blog version of a get well card. You’re good people. Thank you.
Update for Oct. 26th:
I was hoping to be able to tell you that the Diva was home and in her own bed, but she was having some problems with her blood pressure and keeping food where it belonged. They’ve adjusted her meds and things did settle down some. She keeps assuring me that she’s going home on Saturday if she has to escape through a window in her hospital gown. She also knows that there’s a movement afoot to help her escape should it become necessary. By the way, the official diagnosis for her condition is Divaticulitis – it should be in all of the medical journals any day now. Good one, DD. 😉