Topic: good and bad (mostly good)

What's up everyone! Long time no post... ok, bad news, last Monday urine started to get darker, itching started up again. Legit cause to freak out... bloodwork had elevated liver functions and biliruben 1.8 (i know, I'm a whiner with this low a level compared to most everyone else...). did CT Friday, scan showed no sign of recurrence (PS, that's the good news! 2.5 years now...) scan sent to Sloan Kettering, apparently scar tissue is closing the new bile duct (and the fact that 8 days in New Orleans eating a crap ton of fried food didn't help either) causing a stricture. I am headed to NY (great time of year for that) after my DC trip this weekend. instead of home Monday, 3am train from Union Station to Penn Station and taxi directly to ER where they admit me, do blood, and set up for an angioplasty type procedure with a baloon to stretch the scar tissue. they leave a stent in for 2-3 weeks where i can fly home and work, i fly back for removal and should be good to go... Question: this happen to anyone else????? normal occurrence??

The way I see it, just another bump in the road in this journey... Whatca think????

Derin

Husband to Eileen, Dad to Hunter (15) and Sydney (13)
Attitude is everything, you have to keep it positive! And take it one day at a time, it's all anyone can do with this disease...

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Hey, Derin! You are not a whiner, legit reason to freak! I have not read of this before but I guess unusual people get unusual things especially when they devour fried foods! Got to treat yourself now and then, right? Did you have beignets (the donuts)? I would guess this is easier to take care of then if the CC had returned but wow, I can imagine your thoughts. Wishing you the best and sure hope the storms melt before you get there! Always so good to hear from you. Yes a little road bump!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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it is sacrelige to call a beignet a donut, nay, heresey!! but yes, we ate them... and ate them... and ate them... and then ate king cake.... for breakfast, lunchndessert, and late nite snacks... we ate.....

Derin

Husband to Eileen, Dad to Hunter (15) and Sydney (13)
Attitude is everything, you have to keep it positive! And take it one day at a time, it's all anyone can do with this disease...

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Sometimes you just got to do what you got to do!!!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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5 (edited by marions Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:27:55)

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Derin....mostly good news it is. I have learned that any surgery can cause scar tissue.  It is part of the normal healing process in the body. 
The bile duct is a thin tube hence, it does not take much tissue growth to cause blockage. 
The search function will lead you to numerous discussion on the issue of scar tissue - thought to enclose this one.
http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/punbb … 775#p33775

I am pretty sure that others will have information to share with you as well.
Thinking of you and sending tons of good wishes your way,
Hugs,
Marion

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Yes, the bile duct is narrow... but not mine since they used my small intestine to make a new one!! I think the s=arring and narrowing is at the connection point of the new bile duct to the liver so that is where they will 'balloon' things...

Derin

Husband to Eileen, Dad to Hunter (15) and Sydney (13)
Attitude is everything, you have to keep it positive! And take it one day at a time, it's all anyone can do with this disease...

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Hi Derin,

Yes I've heard of this procedure too and I hope that it goes smoothly for you and that you'll be back to work etc after a few weeks. Just to confirm though, you ate, ate, ate, ate and ate some more on your trip to New Orleans. Sounds like a great trip to me!!! smile

Hope all goes well with the balloon.

Best wishes,

Gavin

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Derin,
Good luck with the procedure. Love the good news!
Lisa

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Hi Derin,
I have lots of scar tissue from previous surgeries.  Mine have been treated with drains into external bags.  I am post surgical resection 5 years with no recurrence. 

betsy

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Derin,
I saw a great picture of you, Rose and Cathy. What a wonderful group.
Good luck with your procedure.
Lisa

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Well, I'm in NY, it was 20 yesterday, 32 today, and I'm supposed to be getting this procedure done in a half hour or so but no one has come to grab me. In Sloan Kettering in NY room 1631B if anyone is in the neighborhood!! Will post some more when I get out!

Derin

Husband to Eileen, Dad to Hunter (15) and Sydney (13)
Attitude is everything, you have to keep it positive! And take it one day at a time, it's all anyone can do with this disease...

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Good luck, Derin.  I would love to catch a flight and rush to room 1631B and lend my support.  Given the circumstances however; please accept my cyber presence. 
Awaiting to hear from you real soon.
Hugs,
Marion

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Good luck with the procedure Derin.  My thoughts will be with you.  Hope to hear from, you soon with the good news that all went well.

Love & Hugs,
Darla

"One Day At A Time"

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Derin, good luck with the procedure.  Many blessings and prayers that things continue to go so well!
Porter

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Procedure done. A little sore at the entry point where it goes through the abs. I'm sure it will be more sore as the night goes on. There's a drain bag attached for now, eventually they will cap it and make everything drain to inside. I think in 2-3 days I go back under for the angioplasty part, then I can go home for a few weeks.  All good so far! And, I got to eat!!

Derin

Husband to Eileen, Dad to Hunter (15) and Sydney (13)
Attitude is everything, you have to keep it positive! And take it one day at a time, it's all anyone can do with this disease...

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YEA! Now don't try to fix anything in the hospital and for heaven's sake stay off the roof! I hope you feel better quickly!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Sounds like you did good.  Keep it up and keep us posted.

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So glad you went through it and everything is fine.  Enjoy your meal, get some rest and know that we are always thrilled to hear from you.
Hugs,
Marion

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Glad things went well. Rest!!!!
Lisa

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Glad to hear that it went well Derin, hope it doesn't get too sore and that you make a speedy recovery as well. Rest sounds like a plan for you!

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Derin,

Glad to hear it went well.  I think strictures can be pretty common.  You had radiation, right?  That was one of my biggest concerns with radiation.
Glad to hear you are still cancer free.  Take care!

Susie

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Well, procedure did OK, but I blew 4 Fevers over 5 days just a shakin' and a bakin'... no fun. On 2/24 they exchanged the 10 French drain to a 12 French and plugged it the next day to drain internally. I was discharged 2/26 and flew home 2/28. 3/1 went to Sarasota Memorial with a fever. IV antibiotics and believe it or not they let me go home... hour later and one ambulance ride, I checked back in with a high fever. IV antibiotics, blood cultures, bile cultures, haven't had a fever since late Saturday. Monday they replaced my drain and did 1of 3 angioplasty procedures. Put in a 14 French tube, a bit larger. Haven't had any leaking since Monday (other drain was leaking like a sieve) and may get out of here tomorrow... definitely sick of hospitals... been in one 14 of the past 16 days... but hey, beats the alternative, doesn't it?? Negative biopsy is the best result, I can deal with the scar tissue...

Derin

Husband to Eileen, Dad to Hunter (15) and Sydney (13)
Attitude is everything, you have to keep it positive! And take it one day at a time, it's all anyone can do with this disease...

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Derin,
It is Very understandable that you're sick of being in the hospital! Really glad things are progressing in the right direction for you. Hoping for no more fevers or complications. Hang in there!
Willow

Willow

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Derin,

Sounds like you have been on quite a ride for the past few weeks.  Hoping things settle down and you will be home for good soon.

Love & Hugs,
Darla

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Derin sound like you are on the tight track now. Negative biopsy sounds great to me. Sounds like you caught the big one and without fishing! When Teddy would get those nasties they put him right on a Levequin IV and that took care of that. But glad you are feeling better. Isn't it something? You could go to a 2 week resort, be pampered to the inth degree and pay less and enjoy it. Say, that's an idea!

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.