I haven't been around to read blogs or catch up on my own. I had another ERCP to put a stent in the pancreas duct. Ended with a three day hospital stay.
I'm home now and recovering. Feeling 100% better than before I went in.
Does anyone know anything about the workings of the pancreas?
I'm still looking for answers and I think there are none.
Dr. Groce doesn't know if this condition is genetic or caused by gall stones gone wild, scarring the pancreas duct. Scar tissue grows I assume and makes the opening more narrow.
Here I must say the doctor and his staff at O.S.U. have been terrific. (The pain not so much. The hospital stay not so much. But that's a story in itself.)
The balloon he uses to open the duct helps and then he puts in a stent that comes out automatically in several days. Thank God. Don't want him to go back fishing for it!!!
My daughter Susan and my sister have this problem as well.
It seems there is no cure for it. There is one surgery to "sew" open the duct permanently. My question is, "does the pancreas duct wish to be opened permanently???" And shouldn't they consider what the pancreas wants and what is best in the long run for it and me and our long term relationship?
I'm recovering and feeling better each day. I've had a number of these procedures and Doctor G says this is the last he'll do. Next time it will be surgery. I can balk and refuse which I might do. But I'd feel awful the rest of my life and then die.
Aren't the solutions endless!
Do you or anyone you know have this problem. I would certainly love to hear any comments, opinions, advice or just plain sympathy which is most
welcome. I'm over the part of feeling sorry for myself but could fall easily back into it.
I'm in the phase right now where I'm loving life, thanking God the pain is gone, the procedure is over and that I have some good months ahead.
Isn't that really all we each have?
Or is it just this one glorious second?
I'll leave you with that thought.
Any light you can shed on this will be welcome. Or if you just want to talk about something else entirely that's welcome too.
It' just good to feel well enough to be on here.
PS the novel still awaits rewriting and I'll be back soon with a chapter for you to read! Smile! I know you can't wait!