Double Bile Duct Bypass

Turned at Day surgery for my “minor” operation this morning, with the operation scheduled for about lunchtime.

I was asked if I could find my own way to X-Ray, just so they could confirm my collapsed lung had recovered on its own (this involves going back out of the building and re-entering via the main entrance, so you can get to somewhere around directly under where you started from, as the reception and ward for day surgery only have internal access to the operating theatres!

After that they did the usual array of stats tests, chat with anaesthetist, registrar etc… only towards the end of this when Susan was asking about when she should phone to see how things went, and the registrar said it would be better if he phoned her did I start to realise this was maybe a bigger op than I had understood!

In fact I was in theatre for about 6 hours, and taken straight to High Dependency, which explained why I hadn’t been told to go to a ward in the morning.

(Obviously I’m not writing this on (or even close to) the day, as I was pretty much completely in another world with Morphine and (Although  we did not know this till 2 weeks later) a hallucinatory allergic reaction to one of the drugs.

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Cancer

After a week of testing out the Ultarsound, MRI and CT scanners at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary,I got the bad news that I have Pancreatic cancer where the enlarged pancreas is squeezing the bile duct and hence the jaundice. They’ve let me home for the weekend to digest this news and then I go back in next week so they can try and install a stent via an endoscope.

Ken taken ill

After a week of tummy upsets, I went to the doctor this afternoon and as she thorugh Iooked a bit jaundiced was sent straight to A&E for possible blockage of the Bile duct.

In the meantime Tilly has been identified as having a detached ligament which can’t be re-attached and she needs to lose a lot of weight before they will consider surgery. (Not that she was really overweight in the first place!)