David, I still don't know about
HCC. The TC and hepatologist both feel it's hep C.
I had quite a day. After 5 hours' sleep, I arrived in Radiology at 9 AM for my MRI. (I had 4 hrs.' sleep the night before and spent all day at Mayo yesterday for testing and a meeting with the surgeon.)
I told the radiology nurses today that I'm a hard stick and it always takes awhile--1/2 hour or more--to gain IV access. They never do believe me. One nurse thought she got a vein on the left arm, but when she put in the saline flush, it blew the vein. Another nurse tried the right arm. She did get a vein and got the IV established. She gave me saline flush and Glucagon. It went in fine, seemingly. When I got into the MRI machine, pics were taken w/o contrast for about
40 min. Then they started infusing the Gadolinium contrast and blew the vein. I was screaming in agony and pushing the communication bulb in my hand frantically. I kept yelling that the vein was blown and my arm was killing me. This happened once before (at Shands) and I got a really bad burn. You can still see part of the scar from it and that was in 2005. So they got the needle out and wrapped both arms with the Ace-type bandage that sticks to itself. Also gave me 2 hot packs to bring home with me. The rt. arm is still swollen, but I know it will go away. Only a slight burn.
After that experience, I met with my TC and a hepatologist. After examining me, I was told that yesterday's chest x-ray showed fluid in the base of my rt. lung and it's been there a month. Therefore the pulmonologist had me set up for thoracentesis on MON. AM! Similar to paracentesis, this drains/taps fluid from one or both lungs. I told the TC and hep doc that I have surgery Mon. AM! They knew nothing about
it. I was told that the MRI with contrast would have to be rescheduled as they got no pics with contrast, so don't know if
I was told that they would consult with the pulmonologist and my transplant surgeon and then get back to me before 5 today to get an answer on surgery. The TC called just after 5 and said the plan is to go ahead with surgery on Mon. AM (surg. is sched. as "emergent surgery" at 7:30 AM.) I told them that someone besides a nurse would need to establish an IV for me Mon. AM. I will be discharged around noon or so on Tues. and have the paracentesis done at 2:15 PM.
I have to make arrangements for transportation to and from the hospital.
I'm so tired and sleepy that I can't keep my eyes
open. Must get a nap.
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
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Liver transplant recipient, Oct. 27, 2011, at Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville, FL
Post Edited (hep93) : 5/10/2013 5:34:18 PM (GMT-6)