So there is gallbladder trouble big time. Stones were passed and there are still some left. Thursday night the surgeon told us that if Chuck was a healthy man he would do gallbladder surgery immediately, BUT because he was so confused they ordered a head scan. The CT showed something at the base of his skull, so an MRI was ordered Thursday night. The surgeon said it would be up to the onc what to do and because of this tumor he would wait for the onc to make the decision. He thought his life span would be too shortened to put him through major surgery. OK so I spend the night to see the onc the next morning. By ten he had not appeared so I called the office and left a voice mail asking when he would be coming to the hospital. By noon I had no call back so I left a voice mail for the PA who sees us once in awhile and is most helpful. She called back and said the onc was at a medical conference. She would talk to the onc taking over for him and she felt he would come see us. He didn't, but the "Hospitalist" a new twist for me, a doctor who keeps tabs on hospital patients everyday care and coordinates with specialists, came and said the thing on the skull was known to the oncs and that they wanted to proceed with surgery. Saturday we saw the surgeon again and he said it would be Monday or Wednesday depending on the condition of blood chemistry. They have given him 2 transfusions, then Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium like you wouldn't believe. Now it is 5:30 Monday morning and we still don't know if surgery will be today or Wednesday or possibly later. The afternoon blood test Sunday showed electrolytes still low, so they gave him more and he was to have a blood test at 3 am to decide. I will call in a little while to find out. They did keep him NPO after midnight in case. Oh yes, the Hospitalist was back in yesterday and said the thing on the skull was mets and it was only on the bone, not in the tissue. Up, down, all around is the way it has been. Chris came yesterday to spend the week to help me get to and from the hospital. Todd goes to college next weekend so she made arrangements to be home Friday. Amy is still here taking care of the house and dogs. I thank God for all the support I have been getting. It has been hard physically and I really get tired. I think I am holding up ok mentally. Chris, Amy and I played a game of Scrabble last night. Hugs to all, MK
PS The Hospitalist said yesterday that it was a definite positive Maybe that surgery would today. We laugh about that a lot.