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.)