|Forum topic by b2rtch||posted 11-11-2015 11:05 AM||720 views||0 times favorited||18 replies|
11-11-2015 11:05 AM
I received a short message from Bruce Ahsworht aka CPLUSWoodworker this morning.
tagged along as well. The sole purpose, it appears, is that the
cardiologist (with whom we have many years of interaction)
wanted and felt the need to tell Michele and I that not electing for
this surgery left with me a 2-month +/- life expectancy. The
cardiologist with whom we had the many years of contact knew we
need the big truth up front and wanted to humor that to the end.
What wonderful people I have caring for me.
Dr. Griffin is going to do an exploratory vascular stunt bypass.
The plastic shunt will actually be a new vessel and will hopefully
tap into the vessel now collecting the fluid now gathering in my
pleural cavity and will run it about 14 inches down into a major
vessel that will distribute the fluid through normal circulation
where the shunt attaches to the bottom of the vessel. Interesting
note, at the bottom of the plastic shunt will be reservoir that will
collect any fluid not being pushed through the shunt. The reservoir
will be inside my ribs, but accessible from the outside and if the
reservoir fills up then the shunt reservoir has a primer,, jut like on
our lawnmowers and weed eaters and I will be responsible for
manually pumping that small amount of collected fluid through the
shunt. Gonna cut through 2-4 ribs based on what he finds
accessing the bottom of the vein where the bottom of the shunt
Concerns are surprisingly: #1 surviving anesthesia #2 accounts
for problems he finds while finding the spots to attach both ends of
the shunt. #3 Predicting several sever problems down the road as
my body accepts this new vessels and new way of doing things.
I have a good attitude, but what is elective about a procedure
without which I have 2 months to live?
Just a matter of time, guys……. Getting close
Knowing I could just tough it out and be gone in a couple of
months, circumventing all the pain and difficulty post op this
surgery, particularly knowing post-op problems are going to
occur……………… has been a difficult decision for me to make.
I hope it is the right thing to do. I will end up in the same place
sooner or later anyway and probably not much later if I take the
The surgery is today.