Moving On...

Penny

Moving On...

Penny
doctor-161345_640My husband had his surgery for the fistula on Tuesday. They did a nerve block instead of general anesthesia and he did great. He was able to leave the hospital early, we were home by 2:00 p.m. Of course we had to be at the hospital at 5:45 a.m. We were there at 5:30, we couldn't sleep. But it was so good to have it over with. Carl did really well at home recuperating, now he's himself again. Good thing, too.

I had my appointment with the vascular doctor Wednesday and that was awful. He said the only thing that's going to work to get the blood flowing good in my left leg is bypass surgery. I told him I wanted to wait to see how Carl was going to make out, what they would be doing about dialysis, and everything else. Now Carl and the rest of the family think I should go and have the surgery now while he's still doing okay. I don't know what to do. It's certainly not something I'm jumping in to. I had abdominal surgery in 2011 for a twisted intestine; I was in the hospital for 10 days. This would be a shorter hospital stay but still two to three months to recover fully.

Well, that's how life really stinks right now. I sometimes wonder when things will ever get better. I shouldn't be complaining, I know there are a lot of people worse off. I just can't help but complain here. There isn't anywhere else to do it.

Monday, we're back in Denver for Carl's pulmonary doctor. On Wednesday, I'm supposed to have a first appointment with a movement disorder doctor in Denver. I think I'm going to cancel that one. I think I can manage with that disorder. That way we'll have a quiet week without too much running around.

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Denise

Hi Penny--I was thinking of you this week and hoping all was going okay.\r\n\r\nAnd, yes, please, complain! I actually don't think of it as complaining--it's sharing the facts and the situation. And, it does stink. That's a fact. \r\n\r\nI'm thinking that having the surgery now makes sense. It's sooo scary, though. I understand that you need some time to think it through. \r\n\r\nWhat's the biggest worry for you as you think about having the surgery?