How’s this for a game plan?
Take a week’s vacation and go to Hilton Head Island with your wife, children and grandchildren … return on Saturday afternoon … rest and chill on Sunday … then be at the hospital at 5:45AM (Yes, that’s morning) on Monday for a ureteral stent replacement … with a return to work planned on Tuesday.
What idiot came up with that game plan?
Well, all I have to do is look in the mirror.
We (Yes, my beloved wife accompanied me on this early morning adventure) arrived at the hospital at 5:45 this morning, procedure (I can’t really call it surgery) scheduled for 7:30. I was in the OR at 7:29 and at 7:29:50 they were administering anesthesia … I never saw 7:30. By 10:00 I already had my Dunkin Donuts Iced Caramel Coffee and a breakfast burrito from Chick-Fil-A and was halfway home. Just can’t beat that kind of service at a hospital …
Back in November, I wrote a post explaining the procedure, if you’re interested … cystoscopy with ureteral stent placement explained.
The urologist’s game plan from here on out is to replace this stent every six months … apparently the scar tissue from other surgeries is pressing in on the left ureter and without the stent the left ureter gets blocked … meaning I’m operating on one kidney … not a good thing. Also the manufacturer does not recommend leaving the same stent in more than six months …
But nearly three years ago, when they discovered the cancer mass on my colon, the oncologist told me to expect chemo every two weeks for the rest of my life … but God had a different plan. And I am fast approaching 60 weeks without chemo. PRAISE GOD! Only time will tell if He also has a different plan for the ureteral stent … regardless, may His will be done!
Apparently a lot of folks experience pain and discomfort while they have this stent in … but the good Lord has blessed me once again in this regard … I’d say 95+ percent of the time I don’t even know it’s there. May it also be the Lord’s will for that to continue. …
Chillin’ at home and avoiding any anesthesia induced legal or driving decisions … and feeling loved and blessed beyond compare!