First, I would like to thank Leonard and all of the others who encouraged Ritchie. Leonard was "right on" when it came to things.
Ritchie had an ERCP prior to, and after, two series of five days of radiation. He also had two chemo treatments. His reaction to the chemo was so severe, both on his skin and with the lowering of his blood count, that they were unable to continue.
He was admitted to Riverside Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, on May 9th. He had a Roux-En-Y, with a resection of the left lobe of the liver on May 10th. It was deemed to be succesful. He was released from the hospital on May 27th.
Home health care was provided for a time, but then it became home hospice care. He appeared to be doing well for a while, but was in a lot of pain. As his health declined, he blamed the medication and began to spit out the pain pills. He was transferred to Kobacker House Hospice care on August 10th. An angel came to take hlim home on August 12th. He is greatly missed by those who love him.
I'm not a doctor, but I believe that the radiation shortened his life. A friend, who is a doctor, saw the results of the before and after ERCPs. The doctor commented on the dead tissue in the second ERCP. The area covered by the radiation is small and the tissue delicate. I believe that tissue necessary for a successful Roux-En-Y was damaged. But then again, perhaps that's just the sorrow talking. I miss his so.