Sunday, March 9, 2008

Update

No certain news yet. The surgeon who operated on my husband five years ago (and saved his life, so his opinion carries a LOT of weight) thinks we need to operate again. The hemotologist is less sure. Me, I'm seriously stressed, but trying hard to keep things calm for the kids.

15 comments:

yellowdog granny said...

will light candles and send you some prayers...i think the goddess is looking out for you...

sageweb said...

I am keeping my fingers crossed and sending you all a big hug. Thanks for the update. I am really thinking good thoughts for you.

more cowbell said...

Hell's bells, Elizabeth. And how much harder to go through this stuff with kids, putting on the strong face? Hugs to you, sweets, and your man, and the kids.

Doralong said...

Breathe deeply..

And remember Johns Hopkins is a hop skip and a jump away.. You need to make with the getting a referral for a second opinion, you know how to get me. Just sayin'.. can do, will do, happy to do.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks all. In a way it's harder that I have to keep it all together for the kids, but mostly, I think, it's good. It helps me keep myself together.

Doralong: Thanks for the offer. One of the things I now understand and appreciate about living in Pittsburgh, is that, for my husband's issues anyway, we have world-class medical care. People come from all over the world to be treated by this surgeon and to consult wit this hemotologist. We also have a friend who is Associate Director of the hospital. So they're all in dialog and trying to figure out what's best for the husband.... So, for now anyway, we're in pretty good hands.

Elizabeth said...

(Lizzie, if you're reading this, that's your dad I'm talking about. He's been an amazing help and support. He called this morning and had a long talk with the knucklehead about all the options.)

Claire M. Johnson said...

So the shunt is not working?

Elizabeth said...

they're not sure. But because the husband let this go unchecked (@#$%!!!!) the pressure in his veins has built up to, Kareem feels, a dangerous level - e.g. the "shadow" behind his heart on his CAT scan is a badly engorged vein. The hemotologist thinks the pressure can be treated by blood letting. The surgeon doesn't. Lizzie's dad is talking with both of them, and us as well. So it's up in the air still.

Boy About Town LB said...

look at it as we know this guy knows what he is talking about because he worked some magic 5 years ago. he now has 5 more yuears of knowledge to share.

Willym said...

Elizabeth - sorry I should have checked here before I sent the e-mail asking about KH. Prayers and thoughts are with you and I'm going to light a candle over at Santa Maria Maggiore when I'm over that way this afternoon - not just for him and a restoration of health but for you and the kids.

Sounds like he's in good hands and he has the greatest support in the world. Stay strong Lady and when this is all over get yourself over here for some R and R.

mumbliss said...

Dear Elizabeth,
Love to all of you. I hope that the day goes smoothly and you can come up with the best solution for dear K H esq. You are in my prayers throughout the day. I am happy you have such good medical support. Thank you for the updates.
Hugs to all who will accept them, and love to each and all no matter what they say.

evilganome said...

Fingers are crossed here in the north for you guys.

jason said...

I hope not.
I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

D-Man said...

*Concentrating really hard and sending lots of good juju your way...*

D-Man said...

No sweetie, I never got your email! I just rechecked my inbox and can't see it anywhere. I could have misspelled my address, or accidentally deleted it, or it could have gone to junkmail, or the evil email gnomes could have spirited it away to the ether. Please, please, please try again and let me know when you send it so I can look for it.

Me: outinthemiddleofidaho@gmail.com