Today is Friday and time for surgery to get a new Port-a-Cath. I had a glass of water this morning at 7:30 so they delayed my surgery from 9:30 to 11:30AM. Fortunately I brought the morning paper, my Mac and a book to read. The time really flew by talking to the nurses and Dr Moore. Dr Moore and I discussed what he thought the strategy would be for the surgery to remove the fistula. He felt they would resection my colon to remove the fistula. Recovery is about one week in the hospital.

A few minutes later Dr Jorge Reyes called me from the UW Liver Transplantation Unit- he is the Chief. He apologized for not calling me sooner and said he wanted to see me as soon as possible and review all my CT scans and other films with the Liver Panel. This is a group of the best doctors from the Liver Transplantation Unit and the Liver Tumor Clinic. I am so excited since they can compare the results from those reviewed in October at the beginning of this journey(October 24th Blog Entry. Thank you Adam for your help- I’m sure that’s why he called me personally.

Dr Alex Read, my gastroenterologist, called while I was in surgery so it feels like everything is moving as I hoped. I am very encouraged, feel great and am looking forward to a good weekend. Dr Moore also said the Port-a-Cath removed last week was filled with gram negative rods (nasty bacteria) that came from my fistula so he concurred getting the fistula and liver tube out of me is the right approach.

An hour plus passes……

photo-98.jpgI am now in recovery- last thing I remember was being wheeled to surgery and teasing the nurses. Heather should be here in a few minutes to pick me up. Being here is a little like a party since I know all the nurses. The picture on the left is from left to right Dr Moore (pointing at my new Port-a-cath), me, nurse Madeline and Nichole (nursing student from the UW).

God is Good, All the Time, God is Good!

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2 Comments so far

  1. kls80 on May 18, 2007 1:36 pm

    So glad the surgery went well Don. I can’t believe how everything is falling into place with Drs, etc in your next steps for treatment. Sam and I will look forward to going out on a run with you after the liver tube and fistula is taken out. Awesome! Keep up the awesome faith and hope.


  2. Dan Jessup on May 21, 2007 7:29 am

    Hey my friend…I finally logged into this crazy blog. Honestly it’s the first blog I have ever visited…I know, for a tech savvy guy like myself that’s hard to believe!!

    Sounds like the latest surgery went well, still praying about removing that tube. I can’t wait to see you in a few weeks.


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