Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Kidney stints???

There are multiple surgeons preparing for hubby's operations. One of them called to talk to him about his appendix incision from 30 years ago. It might be in the way of where they want to put kidney stints.


No one mentioned that!

So I did my google research and actually, I think they might be a good thing for this kind of surgery. Protection in the event there is blockage.

But don't you love it how "information" arrives? via a phone call? about a 30 year old incision?

That surgeon called back today and said after looking at more xrays and records, he's decided the incision isn't going to be in the way.

And I am pleased that they are wanting to take steps to protect his kidneys. They only function at 22% right now. We need to preserve them as long as possible.

Tomorrow he goes to get fitted for his back brace. Another 1 hour drive there and an hour back.

Yesterday, we drove and hour to the hospital for him to bank his 3rd pint of blood. His hematocrit was too low (by 1 point) so he called the surgeon who said they were delighted he had manaaged to bank 2 pints and to not worry about the 3rd pint. So a 2 hour drive for nothing. But you have to do these things to get ready.

And I wonder why I'm tired all the time? :o)

I'm so grateful to have my sisters. I call when I get down. I called today. I do think it's wearing me out. I'm fighting depression. Fighting the unknown, the "what-if's". Trying hard to stay positive for him. She gave me a 20 minute pep talk and I was fine after that. We decided the "key" is one of 2 things;

1. Give in to the feelings, eat chocolate, watch a movie, fall asleep and wake up ready to go


2. Take on a project. Get busy. Do something. Be active. Ignore the sadness and the fears. Put it all in God's hands.

Today, I picked # 2 and was so busy in a half hour that I forgot about his problems!

Now, if I can just remember that the next time.....



Lynn Barry said...

The Serenity Prayer has helped me through many gray times.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

--Reinhold Niebuhr

Lilly said...

You are lucky to have your sister and her pep talks! She sounds like good support. Yes, it is sometimes frustrating how "information" gets dropped on you from out of the blue. I think doctors sometimes forget that we don't automatically know all the fine details like they do. Hoping and praying everything goes well for both of you. Hang in there!