Friday, February 16, 2007

spleenectomy is scheduled

Here I sit at Hope Lodge.  It's Thursday night.  Well, I guess it's really Friday morning now, it's 12:30 AM.  As I sit here I think back about this crazy week.

Monday was spent getting ready to come to Hershey.  Tuesday was spent driving through a snowstorm to get here.  Fortunately we beat the worst of the storm and got in.  It snowed heavily all day and night.  We awoke to snow on Wednesday morning so  treacherous that we couldn't drive to the hospital, even though it was only a few minutes away.  So we called the hospital and they sent a four wheel vehicle to come and pick us up.

John had three appointments on Wednesday.  First he met with the spleen surgeon.  Next he got three immunizations for when he will have his spleenectomy.  Finally he met with the anesthesiologist. 

The spleen surgeon decided that John would have his spleen removed in three and a half weeks.  John is going to see Dr. Claxton in two and a half weeks, and then have the spleenectomy the week after that.

The spleen surgeon (I think his name is Dr. Hallock) told John that he was a "low risk patient", undergoing "medium risk surgery".  To be honest with you, I don't like the sound of medium risk part.  I was excited to find that John was low risk patient.  It is because his heart is in good condition, he was physically active before his transplant, and because he is young.

So gee, how am I feeling about all this?  I'm not sure.  I'm just tired I guess.  I am just a little nervous.  I am waiting for the other shoe to fall.  This is silly, I know.  This is a simple procedure, and God has everything under control.  And whatever He wants to happen will happen anyway.  It is just that I am a little nervous is all.  When the surgeon was explaining the complications he said there was a 5% chance of puncturing a bowel or the stomach.  I asked about the death rate of that, and he told me that out of all his patients that hehas punctured, none have died!  Yikes!  Sheesh.  He has punctured!  He also said that there is a chance of dying because you don't have your spleen, but it is very, very small.  I am not worried about that.

So anyway, on Wednesday when the appointments were over, we had to use the hospital service again to catch a ride back to Hope Lodge.  The roads were so bad I was wondering if we would make it.  But we did.  Needless to say, we didn't leave for home on Wednesday like we had originally planned.  Nor Thursday (today).  We are going to try to make it for tomorrow (Friday).  We shall see.  The TV said this was the worst storm in 15 years.  

If you are the praying type, please pray for safe travel home for us, and for John's upcoming spleenectomy.  Thanks.

love you all, Krissy :)  

26 comments:

  1. We are hearing on the news about the snow & ice on the east coast.  May God grant you traveling mercies as you make the trip home.  Please let us know when you get back to your place.   Linda in Washington state  

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  2. be careful going home:) have a good weekend

    Deb

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  3. Let us know when you get home, ok? Stay safe.
    Pam

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  4. kaydeejay54492/16/2007 1:55 AM

    Prayers for safe travels, a safe surgery and a speedy. complete recovery are on their way.  Lots of loving thoughts are also in that prayer package for both of you.
    Hugs,  Kathy

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  5. You can count on my prayers for sure.  May the dear Lord bless you and keep you safe in all your travels and give John a successful surgery with a speedy recovery and may He guide the doctors caring for John.  'On Ya' - ma

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  6. So glad to hear from you!  Praying and believing for the best!  -  Barbara

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  7. Krissy,
    I'm glad to hear that John's surgery is scheduled.  You know that I will be praying.  Also, praying for a safe and uneventful trip home.  Hugs, LuAnne

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  8. As Pam said, please let us know when you get home.  And of course, prayers are headed your way!

    ((hugs))
    Jeanne

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  9. hugsdoodlewacky2/16/2007 8:51 AM

    (((((((((((((((((((((KRISSY/JOHN))))))))))))))))))))))))I am praying always for the both of you.Have a nice weekend.

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  10. Sending up prayers for John and you also. Helen

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  11. good luck with the sleenectomy!
    noelle

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  12. Krissy dear, I am praying for safe travel home and for both of you as you wait for the surgery.  I am praying the surgery will be successful with no nicks or complications.  One of my husbands' cousins had a spleenectomy many years ago and is doing fine without it.  (((((((((Krissy and John)))))))))
    loving you
    karyl

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  13. Krissy, thanks for your informative post.  What a trip this is/was.  I was worried because I saw on the weather you were going to have a snow storm,  You know I believe John will get through this, as he has overcome so much.  You know always that BOTH of you are in my prayes.  I will surely also pray for safe travel home for you, and for John's upcoming spleenectomy.  God Bless you both!!  Merry

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  14. God has plans for the two of you. Remember that. Tammy

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  15. Wow what a week it's been. Filled with SO much activity & SO much snow.  I sure hope that you will be able to make it home today. If you can do it safely. You and John are in my prayers, now and always.
    Hugs, Barb  

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  16. Wow what a week it's been. Filled with SO much activity & SO much snow.  I sure hope that you will be able to make it home today. If you can do it safely. You and John are in my prayers, now and always.
    Hugs, Barb  

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  17. How could you not be a little nervous, hon? You've been back and forth so often, had to see John go through so much, and all this while trying to cope with your own health issues. Prayers are going up, by me and all who love you. I am so proud of you, Krissy. You're such an inspiration to me.
    Hugs
    Barb- http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/HEYLETSTALK
            http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/FROMBARBSSPIRITUALJOURNALS

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  18. Praying for you and John. Sending you both tons of hugs and love. You both had been through a lot and I'm praying that he'll recover soon so you two can do what you want to do without worrying. I'm praying for a miracle, my friend, hang in there.

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  19. Yes, don't puncture her husband's spleen.  So, that is good.  None have died whose spleen where punctured.  That IS good news.  It is also very good news that he is low risk.  All in all, that makes me happy.  I understand your feeling of waiting for the other shoe to fall.  You have been handed so much bad news over the past couple of years, wouldn't you think this is normal.  But that doesn't mean you WILL have any more bad news, honey.  You are both in my prayers.  I LOVE YOU!!  Love, Valy xox
    http://journals.aol.com/valphish/ThereisaSeason

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  20. Krissy please know John is always in our thoughts and prayers as are you also dear.  Keep a positive attitude there. Know it's easy to say don't worry, but that is just part of loving someone special who is going through something health wise. Know all of us are hear for you and John and we care.....keep safe when out on the roads in this winter weather.....Arlene (AJ)  

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  21. fisherkristina2/16/2007 5:34 PM

    This is a test to see if leaving a comment will add my edit buttons back.  I was told it would.  I would like to post.

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  22. I think anyone would be a little nervous under these circumstances.  It sounds like the doctors are very confident, so I am sure everything will be fine.  Jae

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  23. tendernoggle2/16/2007 8:49 PM

    I am praying for you both.
    God bless,
    love ya,
    carlene

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  24. jlocorriere052/17/2007 5:53 PM

    Praying for you both Krissy. I hope the operation goes well. My partner Andy hasn't had a spleen since he was a teenager. He has sickle cell anaemia and his spleen just shrivelled and died as it does in a lot of sickle cell cases. He's managed without it and I'm sure John will. He's a fighter remember! I see by the next entry you got home OK. Jeannette xx  http://journals.aol.co.uk/jlocorriere05/Welcometomytravels/  

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  25. Big Hugs!!!
    Don't worry, the doctors have to tell you everything now adays of any complications or side effects.....
    Be Safe!!!
    Linda :)

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  26. Hi Krissy, I finally made it by.  Just wanted to let you know my brother had to have a splenectomy after an auto accident ruptured his.  That has been years ago now and he is fine.  The only thing I have noticed any different is it takes him a little longer to get over colds and the like because he doesn't have his spleen.  Other than that, he seems as normal as you and I.  :-)

    Blessings!~

    Susan

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