Topic: Surgery scheduled, sort of!

Well the appointment this morning went very well. I really, really like this doctor. He explained that Mom needs to have the plastic stents replaced because of the risk of them getting blocked from buildup of gunk. Since he is replacing them I asked if he would use metal ones and he said probably not. He explained that metal ones are permanent and he did not feel comfortable doing that right now.

He will decide when he does the ERCP if one of them which was placed in one of the worst blockages may be better to be replaced with metal but otherwise, plastic is the deal. He even had color photos from the initial procedure for me and showed me in detail each area as we discussed it. Mom was so impressed!!

Now here's the "sort of" part to the surgical procedure. He wants Mom to get her last chemo and wait one week before he does this. Since we are supposed to be done with the chemo in December this surgery will be scheduled then. I hope this makes sense as I typed it, in my mind it does smile

So, that's where we are now. Just waiting to see what this storm is going to do now and then chemo and doctor on Wednesday as long as we can get there!!

Thank you all so much!!!

Christine x x  smile

Caring for my Mom and helping her win this battle.

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Christine it all makes sense, you done good! Teddy had plastic stents for 5 years. They didn't want to do metal on him either. He just got used to having them changed. Are you on the Coast? Gee, it is so boring in Phoenix. NEVER a hurricane, tornado, eathquake and not much rain at all. Please let us know how you "weather" the storm. We can't have you washed away now that we have met!!! BTW thanks for the great updates on your Mom.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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LOL No I am not on the coast but I am in the Berkshires and we are supposed to be hit pretty hard! I am pretty much set for it though, got things all tied down and secured!

Thanks so much for being here and giving me so much moral support! It means the world to me

Christine smile xx

Caring for my Mom and helping her win this battle.

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Hi Christine,

Thanks for letting us know how your mums app went today with the doctor and I am glad to hear that it went well. Also glad to hear that you both are happy with and like the doctor too, I found that important to both myself and my dad when he went through this. After all, if we are not comfortable with and don't believe in the doctors that are treating us or our loved ones then thats not a good start in my book!

Glad that the doc is sticking with the plastic stents instead of the metal ones right now as that is better. As to what you say about the "sort of" that you posted, that makes sense to me. Finish this chemo and then see where your mum goes from there.

Hope that the storm doesn't hit you guys too bad, been following it on the news here. And certainly hope that it doesn't stop you and your mum from getting to the docs next Wednesday! Glad you've got everything tied down, stay safe!! As to weather, we have our first blast of snow today in Scotland. But hey, thats not so bad for us.......considering that this is our last weekend of so called "summer time" with regards to our clocks changing!!! Brrrrr..............

Hugs,

Gavin

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Gavin, SNOW? whats that? Oh, that white stuff that is bitter cold!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Ha Momma! Yep, you got it! It is cold, white and is a pain in the backside when having to walk in it! And also, when having to scrape your car to get it off in the morning it makes your fingers very cold indeed! But hey, scraping the snow off the car in the morning sure wakes you up if you're still a bit dozy!

Brrrrrrrr...............

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Oh potty mouths!! SN*W is a 4 letter word LOL.

Last year the day before Halloween here in the beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts, I had TWENTY NINE INCHES of SN*W!! It was unbelievable!

Latest on the storm is sounding more and more ominous. I am the Chairperson of the Family Readiness Group for my son's National Guard unit and got an email earlier from the guard support about Hurricane Preparedness encouraging us to be ready. I am as ready as I can be, just hoping and praying we do not get hit badly.

Chris smile

Caring for my Mom and helping her win this battle.

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Chris, first of all I love your sense of humor, you are a little off the wall like me! We need to joke and laugh in life, don't we? tell ya what. Hop a plane and come out here and enjoy some sun! We will make you our official tracker for Sandy. Not funny, really as we do have a few members in the line of fire or I should say water. Our Pam Cherbourg (sp) has gotten hit before. Good luck.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Lainy one thing I have learned from my lung cancer people is that a positive attitude and a sense of humor are absolutely necessary to get through this cancer stuff. And yes mine is a bit off the wall smile

I try to make Mom laugh as much as possible and although there are days she would much rather strangle me, for the most part it works!!

Hugs!
Chris

Caring for my Mom and helping her win this battle.

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Oh, Chris, I so agree with you. I had Teddy in Home Hospice for 4 months and the last 4 days I took him to a Hospice Facility. Even when we were checking in to the facility he was joking! I couldn't believe it. And yes, he was very alert. I always feel, whqat ever gets one through and works for them. Maybe one day you and I can take our show on the road!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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What a great idea.. Comedic Caregivers!! lol

~C

Caring for my Mom and helping her win this battle.

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Glad to hear things are moving in the right direction for your Mom, Christine.
That would be great to have another comedian on this site! I love a good laugh. Take care and hope the storm isn't too bad for you.

-Pam

My beautiful daughter, Lauren Patrice, will live on in my heart forever.

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Thanks  so much Pam!
I think having a positive attitude and being able to laugh, even in the face of adversity are the best tools we can have in our arsenal.

Cancer is not funny but there are some days all you can do is laugh! It really keeps me from going totally insane some days!

<3 Chris

Caring for my Mom and helping her win this battle.

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Chris, the greatest football coach ever, Vince Lombardy said, "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing". I just kind of change it and use the word attitude. But it is oh, so true. Teddy, being from Wisconsin and a season ticket holder for the Packer's, is I am sure, sitting between Vince and Elizabeth Taylor, whom he loved!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Lainy my soldier son is a HUGE Packers fan too!!

And yes, attitude is 90% of the battle in many cases!

Chris smile

Caring for my Mom and helping her win this battle.

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Chris, and I am a fan of your soldier son. Where ever I am, and I see a "kid" in uniform, I always go up to them and say, "Thank-you". The smile I get in return is worth a thousand words!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.