Topic: tubeless in seattle?
I wasn't sure I was going to post this at first - my issues seem so trivial compared to most of the postings here but...here goes.
About three years ago, I began having symptoms - severe chills, high fevers, dark urine - indicating something going on with my liver. They would eventually clear up on their own. Of course a bunch of tests were done with the fear being "recurrence". In Sept., it came to a head when I was hospitalized with a severe infection. Turned out to be blockage of what was left of the duct leading from the left lobe of the liver to the jejunum probably caused by radiation treatment. Unable to place a stent via ERCP because of my altered anatomy a stent was placed at IR with a capped off external drain if needed. The initial plan was for this to be in place "4-6 weeks" at which time it would be removed and that "should solve the infection issues". After some research on the part of one of the IR docs, it was decided that the solution was to gradually stretch the duct opening over time with a balloon procedure and incrimentally enlarge the diameter of the stent and then allow 6 months to a year for the duct to form over the stent. The initial step of the "clinical trial" ,where they remove the stent up from the intestine just inside the liver, was going to be in early July, then late July, then early Aug. Finally, Monday I went in for the start of the "clinical trial". They removed the enlarged tube and replaced it with a very small tube such as is used in heart catheters. This tube was placed just into the liver to maintain the track in the event the larger tube would need to be replaced and also for dye tests to see how the duct was doing on it's own. Tues. morning I went in for a dye test and I watched the screen as the tech shot in the dye. It ran directly into the intestine!! It was a beautiful thing!! Even the IR doc was shouting. This is what we were all about the last eleven months. Over the last several days, my urine is now yellow for the first time in many months (I love this site - I can come here and talk about my urine, the nature of my most recent stool...). Now...I go in next Tues. for a follow up dye test and if there are no surprises, they will remove the tube, let the hole heal up and see if this works long term.
BTW, had I not had this infection cycle episode, I would not have found this website and you wonderful folks. God uses everything that comes into our lives...
Grace and Peace-