Doctor Gupta had said it would take about an hour on Monday to move things around and reconnect. But knowing that my insides are extremely fascinating, it’s not surprising that it took a little over four hours to compete the operation. I, of course, was in Looking Glass land and sleeping peacefully.
I do find it very comforting to know that Dr. Gupta, along with the resident assisting him on the robot, took their time to look around and tighten things up. Kind of like spring cleaning. The operation was a success, I’m feeling great, and I only spent Monday night in the hospital.
Eileen is now part of my surgical team. I have a couple of stitches that need to stay in place for a few days, and it wasn’t practical to drive to Iowa for a 2 minute procedure. So Eileen volunteered. No, that’s not true. She was like a little kid, “Let me do it! Let me do it!” I don’t know if I’ve ever seen her happier as she consulted with Dr. Gupta about the process. (I think most of you know that Eileen has already been granted access to “off limits” areas so that she could watch as things were “moved” inside me.) Doctor Eileen has me on her schedule for later this afternoon. I’ve been told I won’t feel any pain.
I hope everyone has a happy Memorial Day.
We went to Iowa on Wednesday for a nuclear flow test… for this test they inject me with radioactive fluid, then track it as it makes its way through my body. This test is intended to serve as a benchmark so that if I have problems in the future, they have something to compare to.
Two things they found. One is that I have one over-achieving kidney (left does 70% of the work) and one slacker (right does 30%). 50-50 is best, but as long as my under-achiever doesn’t fall asleep on the job, things will be OK.
The test also indicated that I might have a “pinch” near the point where the “tube” from my last surgery connects to my underachieving kidney. This could be a cause of the sluggishness, or it might not (no way to tell). It is definitely something that, over time, would have a negative impact. So….
Dr. said he’d like to go in (robotically), and basically replace about an inch of the connection. He said it would take an hour or so. We asked about options and after discussing it, I agreed to the surgery. THEN came the surprise. He looked at his schedule. “We’ll plan on Monday the 23rd.”
That’s fast! Eileen and I are going to Iowa tomorrow (Sunday) night in order to be at the hospital at 6 am on Monday. Surgery is at 8:15 am. The Dr. is reasonably confident that I’ll be able to go home on Tuesday. I’m hoping he’s right. Everyone at work quickly stepped up to cover my absence.
I’m not looking forward to life on opioids again, but it may not be as bad since I’m well past the effects of chemo. My goal is to be back at work by the end of next week.
Let Eileen know you’re thinking about her because I know this stuff takes a toll. (My friends at the office gave me at least 50 DVDs to help get me through, so I’ll be fine.)