Heather, Art Kopicky and I met with Dr. Andrew Wright today at the UW along with his nurse and resident. He is way too young to be a skilled physician! I guess I am showing my age- I actually think he will be great. Heather asked him if video games helped him with the laproscopic surgeries and he said “Absolutely”. He loves video games and his wife thinks he is a complete nerd!

We are confirmed for surgery on June 12th. We do have a couple of options based on what he sees with the camera. If the fistula between the colon and the liver looks like it is clean and easy to remove, he will do a resection of the colon and I won’t have a new bag. If it looks nasty as they suspect with a complicated or inflamed connection between the colon and the liver I will get an ileostomy rather than a colostomy, which occurs at the top of the small intestine rather than the colon. This is a easier surgery and much simpler to reverse.

I am at NW Hospital right now getting my blood transfusion- that is 2 units of red blood cells. It’s amazing how quickly my energy returns photo-106.jpgwith all the extra oxygen pumping through my body. The picture on the left is with my friend from Diagnostic Imaging Abdoulaye that I met when he did my one and only MRI several months ago.. We are looking forward to a great weekend at Whidbey. It is expected to be in the mid 70’s which is like summer for us. If it stays this way for more than a few weeks some Seattleites actually start complaining, longing for more rain! Oh please!

Hoping you all have a wonderful weekend. Blessings to you.

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  1. paul goeller on May 31, 2007 10:21 pm

    hey, Brother…paul g here…Don, i’m in Seattle! my Sweetie and i returned from 10 wonderful days in Austin day before yesterday. i unpacked and repacked that night and left yesterday morning for Seattle…i am on the USA board of a seminary in Seoul, Korea and we met all day today. i long to see you but i understand fully if it just doesn’t work this time…i may try your cell when you guys are back from Whidbey…sure love you, Bro…you keep reminding me that God is good ALL the time–and i need that!

    with affection, constancy in prayer and under the Mercy of Christ,

    paul

  2. TerriCrowell on June 5, 2007 12:24 pm

    Don –

    I am so glad I looked into this site. It is wonderful to read the past posts as well as current updates. You have such a wonderful perspective on facing possible death. There is always a silver lining in every trouble that occurs. Sometimes you just have to carry the thought that when you arrive at heaven you can say to God “You’ve got a lot of explaining to do.”

    I have every confidence with your wonderful doctors you will come through your surgery June 12th just fine. Wearing an ostomy bag for a few months will seem like nothing once the ostomy site is closed. You are so lucky they can do the surgery through your navel. That is so much easier to heal from than the full cut down the center of your abdomen.

    You are in our prayers every day.

    Jim & Terri Crowell

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