Category Archives: surgery

HEALTH UPDATE: Good For Now

I spent Wednesday down at the Miami Transplant Institute, where I had a very informative appointment. As always, it was a mix of the good, the bad and the “who knows.” Oh, and a possible “light at the end of my present … Continue reading

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How Are You?

“Please don’t ask me how I am/ I have to lie and say I’m fine.” — The Fastbacks I couldn’t tell what was causing me more discomfort: the urinary catheter, the nasogastric tube or the numerous IVs dangling from my … Continue reading

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This Ain’t A Contest

Depending on how charitable I’m feeling, I’m filing this under either “Misplaced Empathy” or “Really Bad Attempts at One-Upping.” The same person who in the past has sent me emails, ostensibly concerned about my health but always managing to talk … Continue reading

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Meeting of the Minds

So I’ve got an appointment this Wednesday to see the liver transplant team at Jackson. If you read my surgery story, you’ll recall that it was one of the team’s fellows who told me not to worry about pain management … Continue reading

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Surgery Part 8: No Place Like Home

You gotta be kidding me — this can’t be happening. OK, so maybe it can, but I’m accepting it only with great reluctance. After four days of feeling relatively normal following the paracentesis, my insides were acting up on the morning I was … Continue reading

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Surgery Part 7: ‘Just Gas’ My Ass!

“Omigod, omigod, omigod … No … stop!” Yep, that was me again, in a scene similar to the first bed transfer hours after my operation. It was Thursday afternoon, a week and a half later, and I was in the imaging … Continue reading

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Surgery Part 6: Ouch, Again

At the very beginning of this story I described waking up on the morning of my surgery: “I was frozen. Stuck. The pain wouldn’t let me move.” That episode lasted about 10 minutes, but it felt like an hour. Well, … Continue reading

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Surgery Part 5: Movin’ On Up? Not Quite

Things were looking good on Saturday. I was told I’d be moving to a proper room later in the day, and the doctors were very happy with the rate of my recovery. They didn’t tell me this, though. I just … Continue reading

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Surgery Part 4: Eye See You

“Nurrrssse! … Nurrrssse! … Nurrrssse!” I woke up Thursday morning to the sound of silence, finally enjoying having my very own room in ICU.  The door was closed, and I was flipping through channels on the television, something I didn’t have … Continue reading

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Surgery Part 3: Wednesday, Hump Day

Wednesday, so-called “hump day” — the middle of the workweek. At the time, it seemed like I might be making it over the hump. The day started off a bit better than the two previous days. I wasn’t in as … Continue reading

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