I originally sent this to Dave Leader, but since some of you folks are
following my wife's plight, I'm also posting it here:
She had more than one duct coming out of her gallbladder, and the surgeon
didn't notice this until after he had yanked it away from her bile duct. He
tore a gaping hole in her bile duct, so he had to open her up and go in to
clean up the mess. She has a shunt in the bile duct and a bag on her side.
It's supposed to form a... fistula? eventually, and then they'll yank the
tube out, about six weeks from now.
She's alive. She's not doing very well. He says she will recover
and her prognosis is excellent. Two to five days in the hospital, depending
on how she does. It's hard to judge with her still feeling the aftereffects
of the anaesthesia, so I'm trying to remain optimistic. However, if I were
betting man, I'd put my money on the long side of the stay. She really
terrible, and I feel like it's something of a miracle that I'm not making
funeral arrangements. Just the vibe. I think they almost lost her.
Or maybe the guy feels guilty because he screwed up. I don't know.
just isn't quite right with the mood surrounding her. There's too much
tension, and a feeling of things not said. A heaviness, a charge in the
a, well, foreboding. The surgeon seemed genuinely relieved when I took the
news without freaking out. Maybe all I felt was his dread that I was going
to crawl up his ass and start yelling at him and screaming about
Or maybe she came as close to returning her constituent elements to dirt as
it feels like from the mood in the room.
I'll be OK, Dave. The hardest part so far has been being strong for them,
so they don't see how scared I am for their mother.
This is definitely not the kind of outcome I was expecting, or I would have
been more worried yesterday. I didn't get worried until she had been in the
OR for two, then three, then four hours for a 45 minute procedure. On the
bright side, it wouldn't have done me any good to be worried sooner, and it
isn't doing me any good to be worried now either. It's out of my hands.
There's absolutely nothing I can do here, so I have to stand back and let
professionals do their job.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
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