Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 4/18/2008 8:13:39 AM (GMT-6)
Well, I've had time to "digest" the results of my trip to Mayo. I asked for and they gave me a CD of the CT Enterography images. Ahhh, the difference a skilled tech and radiologist makes!!! Or maybe I should say a Crohn's savvy CTE tech and radiologist make.
I dug out the CD w/last year's local CTE, interestingly almost a year to the day from this year's CTE at Mayo. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!
However, the BIG thing was the DISTENTION above that partial obstruction. As always the darn barium or whatever they use for the CTE took its time moving thru so I've had some bloating and discomfort since this CTE until today. Back to normal today. Last night looking at the two CTE image series I almost had myself talked into giving some SERIOUS consideration of scheduling the surgery as soon as I could get up the courage.
D*mn! I HATE going under anesthetic (and sedation too). I just do NOT like not knowing what is going on, having no say in what they do, having to rely on and trust some surgeon to make the decisions. I mean I made it clear I didn't want them touching the ICV area and the surgeon assurred me they don't like to remove 1 mm more than they absolutely HAVE to - and it didn't look they would need to do ANYTHING to the ICV area - BUT - it all depends on the blood supply to the area. If there is insufficient blood supply, even tho the ICV is healthy they would HAVE to resect it. THAT is what convinced me to WAIT, to push my luck and just bide my time until I felt sick enough that surgery was welcome. If I remember correctly he said the odds of that was like 3% or less. But I still don't like those odds.
And truthfully, the way they do surgery now where you just show up at the hospital the morning of surgery ...... I don't think I could do it. My other surgeries I was hospitalized before the surgery and the night before surgery when I panicked and started to walk out they were able to sedate me enough to stay. I mean I actually panicked so much I created quite a scene each time. And I was SICK and in PAIN prior to 2 of the surgeries, the other was an elective. And I was blackmailed into that one. I argued w/the surgeon for a year. He insisted on doing an appendectomy when he did the tubal ligation I wanted. I fought w/him for that solid year before giving in.
Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 4/20/2008 6:18:53 PM (GMT-6)