Showing posts with label Event. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Event. Show all posts

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Cardiac Catheterization Update

Dear Diary,

Well, we had an interesting day yesterday.
Spent nearly the entire day in the St Joseph's Hospital cath lab.
We went in at 1 p.m.for what should have been a 20 or 30-minute procedure at 3pm and wound up getting out around 7pm.
Apparently, they had several heart attacks come in on an emergency basis so I was sort of left to last.
When I finally got in, I had the best suite they had available. The whole procedure took about 15 minutes and it was no more traumatic than getting a dental cleaning.

The real good news, however, is that the pulmonary artery pressures are down, significantly from the last procedure in January.
The pressures in January were in the low 70s and they are now in the low 40s which is very good. We still need to get them lower but this shows that the sildenafil is definitely working.

They did some special testing to find out whether the pulmonary vessels were reactive or nonreactive. Apparently, they were at least mildly reactive which gives me the possibility of being able to use different medicines if necessary.
At any rate, the wife and I are both very pleased with the results, so pleased in fact, that we stayed at the hospital and had dinner at the cafeteria.
We almost never go out to eat you see! :-)

The other good news is that the wife's hands are healing perfectly and the numbness in her fingertips is going away much faster than we expected. She is ecstatic!

All this excitement is being posted a few days after the fact due to server issues with blogger. Anyway, the wife and I are now back to sitting out on the front porch in 100% wonderful weather so I really don't give a rat's ass!


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Sunday, October 22, 2017

I'm Still Here!



Dear Diary,

Well! It looks like I haven't posted anything for two months! Consider yourselves blessed.

The wife just had carpal tunnel surgery which appears to have been very successful. She is off work for up to six weeks and I'm encouraging her to take all of it. She deserves it.
When she returns, she should be able to do her job much more comfortably.

No idea what the damn cancer is doing. I'm not due for a PSA for 2 or 3 months. I've been on ADT for about three months now with no major side effects. Makes me wonder sometimes if it's working at all! The interesting thing is that the bladder bleeding stopped about a week after I began ADT and has never recurred. Weird!

I go for another right heart cath this Thursday to see how the PAH is responding to the sildenafil.
The PA pressure last time was a whopping 70. With any luck, maybe it has gone down a bit.

My weight is holding in the low 260s. I'm currently on another diet push to see if I can get to 250 this time. I went off plan for a few weeks out of boredom and gained a little weight back so now I'm back on the wagon. At least my diabetes and blood pressure are doing great and under tight control. :)

A bit of sad news.
Our beloved kitty, Pumpkin passed away peacefully of old age early Wednesday morning, Oct. 18th. He was here with us at the foot of our bed when he passed. As much as we miss him we know he is better off.
We had anticipated this as he was 20 years old. He was our fuzzy baby for 17 of those years.
R.I.P. Pumper!

Pumpkin 1997-2017
I'll update more as I think of it. Right now, I have a bout of fatigue setting in.



Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Friday, June 09, 2017

Update On Bone Scan

Dear Diary,

A quick update.
Just got the full body bone scan today and the tech said there was no sign of metastatic disease.
Uro still has to see the results but hopefully, he will agree.

The next step, hopefully, is a PET scan to see where the activity is located and find out if treatment options
other than HT are available.

The really good news is that the bone scan fulfilled my entire annual out of pocket so for the rest of the
year, I'm covered at 100% Yay!

Won't know much more till we get the PET scan so I continue to be nervous.


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pulmonary News

Dear Diary,

It appears that the 'gods of cardiopulmonary medicine' actually discussed my case in some detail this morning. What a change!
I got a phone call early this morning from Dr. O's nurse practitioner requesting a callback to discuss my diuretic regimen.
They want to start me on another diuretic, spironolactone, in addition to my daily furosemide (Lasix®).

They are going to try to dry my lungs out even further in hopes of relieving some of the arterial pressures. If they can do that, it will automatically make me a much better candidate for future heart surgery. Within the next few months, I will have another spirometry and another 6-minute walk.
Depending on those results, I may even have another right heart cath. to check pulmonary pressures.
Those run $25,000 per test out of which we pay $1,240. We average at least $800/mo direct outlay to 10 medical providers alone to say nothing of misc. expenses such as prescription costs, insurance premiums, home medical care and supplies etc.

We are no longer able to maintain a buffer for emergencies such as vehicle breakdown and maintenance, home repairs and maintenance and property upkeep. The list goes on and on.
Due to the last bankruptcy, we have no credit whatsoever so that is not an option. If my wife wasn't working at the grocery store part time, we would definitely crash and burn.

I have no idea what we'll do if we have to start actively treating the cancer. My only hope is to be able to hang in until next year when I hopefully will qualify for Medicare.

Wish me luck! ;)


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Routine Health Update

Dear Diary,

I saw the cardiologist on the 14th. He was very impressed with my modest weight loss. We have agreed that I should stop valsartan totally as it obviously wasn't agreeing with me. My BP has improved significantly since then.
No comments other than asking if Dr. O, the pulmonologist was going to treat my PH medically and if not, why. I am going to schedule an appointment with him tomorrow.

Dr.B, the cardiac surgeon finally had a chance to review my TEE. He is convinced that the tumor is not causing my respiratory symptoms. As far as removing the tumor, we have all agreed to take a 'watchful waiting' approach until my overall health improves enough to allow surgery.
He feels that my risk of a thromboembolic event due to the myxoma is probably < 2% / year.
I am good with that.

As far as my ongoing weight loss, I haven't lost any weight in about two weeks. I am adhering to the diet plan 100%. The fact that that I can now utilize o2 better is allowing me to be a little more active so maybe that will speed things up.
The improvement in respiratory function is significant enough so that when I forgot to switch my o2 daytime cannula over from the CPAP unit a couple of days ago, I walked around doing household chores for most of the morning with no supplemental o2.
I started feeling a little fatigued by late morning and that's when I discovered the issue. I have no idea what I desatted to during that time as I didn't check the oximeter.

In other news, I finally got the swamp cooler cleaned and operational last week. The Arizona desert is in full bloom right now and the temps will soon be in the low triple digits. The combination is really messing with my seasonal allergies, so using the cooler will save us a ton of money and filter a lot of crap out of the air.

More later when I get ambitious! ;)


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Monday, March 27, 2017

Visit With Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Dear Diary,

We met with Dr. B, the new chest cracker this morning. Really nice guy and very informative.
We were lacking some data that he expected we would have but here's the general gist of the encounter.

He wants me to have another TEE (TransEsophageal Echocardiogram) to assess the current size and status of the myxoma. He feels that, unless the tumor is mobile enough to partially occlude the mitral valve, it couldn't be causing my respiratory symptoms.
He explained (quite graphically) that he is against going in and removing the tumor unless he knows that is what is causing the problem.
He feels that if he removes the tumor and doing so fails to resolve the problem, there is a very good chance I would be on a respirator, fed through a stomach tube for weeks or even months. There is also the very real possibility that I could have a stroke or even die, possibly on the OR table.
So, as long as I have this lung issue, I am an extremely high risk surgical candidate.
Until I have another TEE, not much is gonna happen...as usual.

Also, it appears that I may be over-medicated for my hypertension. My BP at the doctor's office was around 160/70, that was before I had taken any meds for the day. When we got home I took all my meds as usual and 3 or 4 hours later the BP is around 95/40 and I can barely drag myself around the house!
One of the new meds I'm on, valsartan, may be the culprit. I'm going to speak to my cardio guy tomorrow morning to see about modifying the dosage.

So, to say the least, both the wife and I are are a little depressed.

Ending on a good note, it looks like I may be approved for a portable O2 concentrator. That would allow me to drive again which would be nice, especially since I haven't been behind the wheel in over a year.


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Latest News

Dear Diary,

So, here are the latest updates.

This past Monday, I saw my GP for a diabetes follow-up. Much to my (and his) surprise, my usually off the scale lipid panels were perfect, the best I've ever had. I'm hoping it's due, at least in part to my low carb diet. Time will tell.
He also had ordered a CBC which seems to have been lost in transit. I have more unrelated labwork to be done this Monday so I will speak to them about that then.
Also, we seem to have my chronic hypertension under control after all these years! (knock on wood)

Tuesday was a disaster. We had an appointment with the pulmonologist at St.Joe's at 3:00 pm and didn't get out of there till around 5:30 pm. We wound up getting caught in Phoenix rush hour and didn't get home till after six, plus, I was having bowel issues which made the trip somewhat miserable.
On the bright side, Dr. O commented that my most recent PFT has improved and chest films were normal. He actually said that my lungs weren't really in that bad shape. He is still convinced that most of the problem is due to the myxoma.

*sips water*

So now, as a result of that appointment, we finally have an appointment this Monday with Dr. B, the cardiothoracic surgeon. The plan is after I see him for an evaluation, Dr. B, Dr. O, my wife and myself will sit down together for a face to face meeting. If that goes well, I will be scheduled for surgery shortly thereafter. A lot more info. after Monday.
I really hope this plan comes together real soon because, as I've stated before, I am literally sitting on a ticking time bomb.

That's it for now.


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Would You Believe...?

Dear Diary,

Would you believe, yesterday, the day after I saw my urologist, I wound up in emergency for the bladder bleed. It has continued to get worse over the past couple of days and last night I couldn't pee at all.

This occurs on an all to frequent basis. When it does prevent me from urinating, we have to go in to the ED and get CBI, (Continuous Bladder Irrigation) through a three way Foley.
I am very used to being catheterized but this tech was a little rough. They started with a 24 French and then reduced to a 22 French because they couldn't pass the first one through to the bladder.
Even with Lidocaine, it was still unpleasant!

The joke was that I had self-cathed in the restroom before I was called back because I could feel the bladder beginning to fill up. What came out was primarily dark blood and a lot of small to medium sized clots. Damn good thing I came prepared this time!

When I finally got taken back to the treatment area and got hooked up to the fluid, from start to finish which was 2 or 3 hours, there was no blood and no clots whatsoever. I was a little embarrassed because I thought they might think I was faking it.
Actually, they were glad that it turned out that way. They said that I had most likely taken care of the issue when I pre-cathed in the waiting room restroom.

The wife and I wound up getting home around 1:30am. Since then, other than having a sore dick, there have been no other issues. (knock on wood!)


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Nice Rainy Saturday

Dear Diary,

Quite rainy here in paradise this weekend. It's a nice change from the usual.

The wife is at work and I'm putzing around the house doing as much as I feel I can get away with.
My back and neck are giving me problems, as usual, and the rain isn't helping much either plus my weight in up to 298 as of this morning.
The furosemide I'm taking for water weight doesn't seem to be as effective as it used to be. Not sure why.

I've got an appointment with Dr. F, my urologist this Tuesday to possibly have a quick cystoscopy done to see what the current bladder status is and also to bring him up to speed on the prostate cancer/PSA issue. We hopefully will be putting together a plan of action for when it is needed.

I also have pulmonary testing including a 6-minute walk test and spirometry scheduled for early March. This is in preparation for seeing Dr. O, the pulmonologist on the 21st.
The 6-minute walk test is not a 'pass or fail' type thing. It is merely a practical measure of what I can currently do. I will be allowed to do it on oxygen, fortunately!
This is all being done to hopefully qualify me for heart surgery in the very near future.

The wife is just getting over a head cold which is something neither one of us needs. Hopefully, I won't get it! The seasonal flu is also going around, big time. Both of us have made sure we are properly vaccinated but the thought of getting even a light case is scary. At our age, the flu can be fatal and this year's vaccine is supposedly only 50% effective.

I think I mentioned in a previous post that I was now on Xarelto® as a blood thinner. My cardiologist managed to get it approved by my insurance but it turns out that my co-pay will be over $200 for a thirty day supply! We cannot possibly afford that so I may wind up back on good old warfarin.
I am currently researching discount plans and manufacturers programs to see if there is anything I can use. Unfortunately, most of the really good programs require that I be uninsured, which, of course, is not an option.
The good news is that Xarelto® appears to be the only one of all the drugs I have to take that it going to be unrealistically expensive...so far.

At my last cardiology appointment, both the wife and I were amazed at the results of the angiogram and other tests that I have undergone. Dr. M says that, other than the myxoma in the left atrium, I have the heart of an 18-year-old! Given my previous lifestyle, that's remarkable. I feel sorry for the 18-year old with my 64-year-old heart! ;)

Money's a little tight right and we were forced to replace the battery in the S-10 just last week. My little granddaughter, Arabella over in Italy had to go without a birthday gift from Papa and Karen again this year. We both really miss them. I'm beginning to think that I may not be around to walk her down the aisle when she decides to get married. She is such a beautiful little girl!
I don't blame the kids at all for thinking we're ignoring them but our lives are in limbo for the foreseeable future and there's not a lot we can do about it.
If I can ever regain even a major fraction of my health, it might be possible to fly over there for maybe a month. We would love to be able to do that. My granddaughter only knows me and her grandmother from Skype,

My kids!



Well, the old lady should be getting home any time now and I hope she is careful in the rain as our windshield wipers are somewhat compromised. Gotta get new ones soon!

I think it's gonna be a really good night for sleeping and dreaming of a better life for both of us.

Good night all!


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Latest News

Dear Diary,

Okaaay, so the latest in this continuing health saga is that I will be undergoing a full right heart cath at St Joe's on Mon, Jan 30th in preparation for meeting with the surgeon who, hopefully will remove the myxoma and correct any other issues that may be present.

The surgery is finally becoming a reality!

To say that I'm not at least a little apprehensive would be a boldface lie, but at least I have some of the best team players in Phoenix.

For the catheterization, I should not be in the hospital more than the better part of one day and will just have to rest for a couple of days after (I'm good at that) ;).

As far as the actual surgery goes, barring any serious complications, the hospital stay shouldn't be more than three or four days at most.

More information to come after the catheterization.


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Relevant Ramblings

Dear Diary,

It's been a rough week here in Paradise for yours truly. The weather has been cold and rainy for the most part and my aches and pains are killing me! :( It's mostly my lumbar area and my middle and upper back.
I feel like all my muscles are stiff and heavy (no surprise there!) It's the worst just before I get up in the morning so it's costing me some sleep time.
I'm trying to avoid taking any OTC meds for it because I'm on so many other drugs.
I guess I'll just turn up the heat a bit and wait till the weather changes.

*sips wine and feels sorry for himself*

The bladder bleed is making the rounds again for some obscure reason. That's another thing that's making me depressed. I just feel like a walking disaster area!
I just go day to day, room to room followed by a 50 foot O2 line. I can no longer do any of the things I enjoyed before I became ill and that hurts... a lot.
I'm starting to lose faith that the "miracles of modern medicine" are going to get me through this.
Even if my lungs do get better, I still have that goddamned ticking timebomb that is the myxoma sitting there in my heart. How the hell did I ever get that?

*more wine*

I can't believe Karen is hanging in with me through all this. She came from an entirely different lifestyle and yet she has been my rock for 25 years now. Imagine living 24/7 with a totally disabled,dysfunctional individual.
Sometimes, I think I have driven her crazy. My wife is a saint and I will love her forever.

*pours second glass of wine, (yes, it's cheap)*

Lately, I'm finding myself more and more preoccupied with my own mortality, especially at night when I ought to be asleep. I meditate on what to expect when my final moments arrive.
I want to die well, as the saying goes yet I'm not quite sure how to do that.
It's really not the state of non-existence that concerns me but the way I get there does. Am I doomed to suffocate to death? What is that like? I want a peaceful death, in the hospital where they can control the process somewhat.
I keep thinking that I might rather have the cancer take me rather than the lung disease. For some weird reason, dying by cancer seems preferable to slow suffocation.

I want my mommy! ;)

Do I seem creepy? I hope not but if I do, I can redily understand why. I don't fit into society like other people do. I never have. I've never really wanted to.
Ever since I started school I have been considered weird to people that don't know me well. They seem to see me as someone to avoid. Over the years, I have learned to accept this but it still bothers me when I see in someone's eyes that I scare them. Ok, enough of that!

I really miss my son and daughter-in-law. I am often afraid that I won't ever see them in person again.
I don't think they really believe that I love them both. I fear that I won't see my little grand-daughter again. Time passes so quickly!

Oh well, the wine is taking it's toll and it's time to go.



Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Big News!!

Dear Diary,

I had my follow-up visit with Dr H, the surgeon AND WE HAVE A DIAGNOSES!!

Turns out St. Joe's ran my stuff by a few more high power players including the Mayo Clinic.

The diagnoses is chronic passive congestion. This is a new one on me so I really can't comment on it much. There is also evidence of old clot material (blood) on some of the smaller pulmonary arteries

The next step is to make an appointment with the pulmonologist and cardiologist and develop a game plan on how to treat this. The disease, at this point is not fibrotic but may become so if we don't treat this. How effective treatment will be is unknown.

The stickler here is the cardiac myxoma may be influencing this to a more or less extent and we can't take it out until my lung function improves, if it ever does.

So that's where we stand at the moment. I'm going to have at least one glass of wine now.


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Friday, October 28, 2016

Bottom Of The Barrel!

Dear Diary,

It appears that, with all the weird things going wrong with me lately and the general direction my life seems to be taking that I have finally reached a new low, the proverbial 'bottom of the barrel'.

This morning began uneventfully enough. I woke up a little late (you can do that when you're retired), got up out of bed and immediately noticed that our dear, demented cat, Pumpkin, had decided to leave me a gift in the form of a nice, fresh, well formed turd.

I knew he had visited me in the night as he frequently does but I had no idea he was bringing gifts!

I guess he figured that would fit in nicely with my present lifestyle. He had placed it carefully, in stealth mode, on my exposed right side.

We are used to getting up in the night and stepping in small pools of cold vomit (hair balls) but this was a new low for him.

He is 19+ years old and following way too close to his daddy!

Cats....gotta love "em!


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Finally, The Lung Surgery Is Scheduled

Dear Diary,

The last time I posted, we were on track to see the new surgeon, Dr H, at St Joe's. The appointment went well and the wife and I were duly impressed with the surgeon as well as her staff.

We now have a date of November 1st at 7:00 am to do the biopsy. I will go in the day before for the pre-op testing. Dr H will try to do the procedure as minimally invasively as possible. This would involve video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). If this proves impractical, she will then do a full thoracotomy. Depending on the procedure and any associated complications, my stay at the hospital should be anywhere from 2 days to a week. The procedure itself is estimated to take around 45 minutes to an hour, barring complications.

During the initial meeting, we were warned that there was a possibility that the biopsy might not be diagnostic. We are keeping all our fingers crossed that that is not the case!

As I mentioned previously, we are holding off on the heart surgery until we get a good handle on this lung issue. Holding off is a bit of a risk but it is one we have to take.


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Friday, September 30, 2016

Let's Play Musical Surgeons

Dear Diary,

Ok. Whoever is following this journal, please disregard the previous post regarding my new surgeon and the date and location of the procedure. They have been cancelled.
To make a long short, it turns out that Dr A's office failed to get a prior-auth from my insurance company before they scheduled my surgery. Now I get a call from the office a couple of days ago saying that they were going to have to cancel the procedure because the facility wasn't contracted with my insurance. Great!
So they referred me to a surgeon at St Joseph's which, is contracted. We sent all my records over to their office, the surgeon reviewed them and promptly referred me to his partner, an oriental lady with excellent credentials. I will see her on the 12th for the initial consultation after which maybe we can actually get something accomplished!
I need to remember to remind them to get the prior-auth in a timely manner.

In other news...

I have discovered that I can go off O2 and survive very well on room air all day if I wish. I'm not really sure what this means in practical terms but I like it.
This is not to say I'm no longer desatting because I still do on exertion. It's just that for some reason, I don't seem to desat on room air when I'm sedentary which I did a few weeks ago.
If I do anything more than mild exertion I still use 3 liters to avoid serious desatting.
I'm hoping this is not just a temporary improvement.


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cardiac Update - Visit With The Surgeon

Dear Diary,

We saw my new cardiac surgeon, Dr A today for our initial pre-surgery consult. The outcome was pretty much what I had expected. He feels very uncomfortable going in for the myxoma with my lungs in the shape they're in. Says I have about a 6 or 7% chance of dying. He is worried that they wouldn't be able to wean me off the ventilator post-op.
He feels that the current risks of open heart surgery far outweigh the risks presented by the myxoma for the foreseeable future.

All that being said, he does not have an issue with getting a wedge biopsy of the lung tissue. That will involve laparoscopy and a breathing tube when I wake up. The big plus is that I don't get my chest cracked open. Thank goodness for small favors!  ;)
With a little bit of luck, they will then be able to positively identify what the hell is wrong with me. Then the issue will be can it be reversed or do I stay oxygen dependent for the rest of my life?
I will get the biopsy done on October 12th at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix .
Hopefully, I will not be in the hospital more than a couple of days.

I'm back to using my spirometer on a regular basis to see if that helps increase my lung capacity. The last time I got sick with that 24 hour flu like illness, I lost 50% of my capacity. I'm hoping it won't take too long to get it back.

I should be getting some feedback from the cardiologist and the pulmonologist within the next few days. I'll post updates as I get them.






Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Friday, September 09, 2016

Real Quick Update

Dear Diary,

I had my lung function test yesterday. Won't know the results until this Friday when I see Her Highness.
Still need to get an ABG (arterial blood gas) done. Could have gotten it done yesterday but the hospital/insurance interface was fucked up, as usual.

Looking forward to the upcoming appointment with Dr A, the cardiothoracic surgeon on the 22nd.
Hopefully, I will live that long. This is getting old...real fast!!

I am preparing myself to hear the worst. "We cannot operate on you because you would likely not survive the procedure".

I just don't want to leave my wife alone. She has done so much.


Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface

Friday, September 02, 2016

Today's Pulmonary Appointment

Dear Diary,

The appointment with the pulmonary tech was pretty uneventful. She recommended I go back on the steroid inhalation powder for the next two weeks to see if it resolves the tickling in the upper chest.
She gave me two sample boxes the last time I saw her. (Free is good!) I've used it before to see if it would affect the dyspnea. It did not. We'll see if it works for this.

We scheduled a 'body box' test for the 7th. This will assess my current lung capacity. This is not to be confused with a 'body bag', ROTFL!! I have had one of these before. (Not a body bag, a body BOX!)

Here's What It Looks Like.



We will have a follow-up appointment on the 16th.

We also scheduled an 'ABG', (arterial blood gas) test because the one I had months ago may have been incorrectly done. The blood draw was done on O2. It should have been drawn on room air.
Buncha clowns over there, I say!

Her highness, the tech, explained to us that the primary mortality issue in my case is is whether I can breathe on my own when I come out of anesthesia. According to her, if I can't, they will simply keep me mildly sedated and intubated until I can.
She said that unless I have had a bad experience with anesthesia before, which I have not, that scenario would be highly unlikely.

I guess that sums up today's action pretty well. Wishing everyone a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!



Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface




Thursday, August 18, 2016

At Last... Some Real Progress!

Dear Diary,

Guess what? When I saw Dr M, the cardio guy, he actually had good news. It appears that he finally got together with Dr J, the pulmonary guy and they came to an agreement.
Dr J has found a cardiothoracic surgeon who they both trust and respect. He will do the tumor removal and the lung biopsy at the same time. This will be a somewhat risky procedure but nowhere near as bad  as going in twice!

The procedure will most likely be done at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix.It has an excellent reputation and I hve been there many years ago. We will be finding out if my insurance will cover any of this within the next two weeks. Then we will sit down with the surgeon and have what will, no doubt, a very long conversation.

A date for the procedure will then be set and I will begin my pre-surg testing.

This ordeal will be long drawn out and very painful but I think I can get through it with a little help from my friends (not the Fentanyl® and the Morphine® but my real friends, if I have any left!)

All I really have to do is wake up and do what I'm told! Lol!

More news as it becomes available. Wish me luck! This will be the biggest challenge of my life (except high school math!)

Cheers!


"Every day above ground is a good day".  -- Scarface