It has been an eventful week! Thursday, March 26th, the Relay got postponed, and I started turning really really yellow. My face, hands, eyes, all of me just seemed to have this gross yellow glow. I was still peeing in glow in the dark colors and I felt horrible…too horrible to even turn on my computer. The itching was out of control. I was in misery.
Dr. Bienvenu saw me from about 20′ away and saw how yellow I was.
Finally after 2 ultrasounds, a CT scan and an MRI, Dr. Christensen determined it was a blockage in my liver. That kind of threw me. I felt terrible and it seems like things about your liver are serious by definition. So, Dr. Christensen decides we need to put a plastic stent in my liver where the blockage is to open things up. It is probably a lymph node pressing on that area.
So, I was scheduled for Thursday to have a stent put in at OLOL. They were going through my mouth to get to my liver, so naturally I was sedated (knocked out) for this! As usual the people at OLOL were nice, the process of checking in and all that stuff was really efficient. I guess they didn’t get started until a lot later than planned and once they got started they had a tough time negotiating my replumbed anatomy. So what was supposed to be a 45 minute procedure turned into a 2 hour procedure. However, they got the stent in!
The only hitch was at once point Mama-san was trying to find out where I was, and no one seemed to know. So for a few minutes I’m sure she was freaked. However, I got found, which is good! It was supposed to be an out patient process, but because the procedure took so much longer, I stayed overnight…which was good. (special thanks to the night nurse who brought me popsicles!) Lyn and Ashley came by after work which was right when I was getting ready to leave post op for my room. I was pretty sedated, so they can’t hold me to anything I said! (Actually, I probably just blathered and didn’t say anything of consequence.)
I felt so bad before the procedure…I can’t explain it. It isn’t about being yellow as much as it is about feeling terrible.
Well today is Sunday and I’m less yellow everyday! I still itch, but it’s better. I am really tired and my tummy hurts and my lip was swollen where they had the tube going into my mouth, but I’m feeling better! Hopefully I’ll continue in that direction. Sister Dulci said that I have what it takes to beat this. I believe she is right, but sometimes I’ve gotta dig down deep!