Cruisin with the Real"s

Cruisin with the Real"s
Joe and Nancy Grand Cayman 10-07

Loma Linda Medical Center

Loma Linda Medical Center
Where the magic happens........

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Day 6, here I sit...

On Friday I thought I was coming in for a lab and Dr appt....Then maybe an overnight stay....6 days later I am still here. You can't say they aren't cautious with me and my new liver.... Which is a very good thing. I really am growing quite fond of it and would like to stay together for a long time to come!

Do I talk to my liver? Yes, I do. I have had conversations with it since the beginning....Asking it to please stick around for awhile. I promise it I will take good care of it and take it some lovely places.

I want it to grow old with me...I also pray for and thank the donor and the donor family each morning and night. More on this later....

On to today's update...

Yesterday they decided NOT to do the ERCP as I would have to lie on my abdomen for 30 min and they were afraid that there could be more bleeding in the hematoma area. So they did a MRCP.

Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography

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MRCP image of two stones in the distal common bile duct.

Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a medical imaging technique which uses magnetic resonance imaging to visualise the biliary and pancreatic ducts in a non-invasive manner. This procedure can be used to determine if gallstones are lodged in any of the ducts surrounding the gallbladder.

MRCP is a less invasive alternative to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) in the diagnosis of biliary and pancreatic duct disorders. However, while ERCP can be both diagnostic and therapeutic, MRCP is purely diagnostic; direct intervention is not possible with MRCP. An important advantage of MRCP is that cross-sectional images can be obtained, displaying not only the ductal system but also surrounding parenchyma; this allows direct visualisation of pancreatic neoplasms and other diseases.

So, they took me down to the MRI machine...Somehow in all my pretransplant stuff I missed this machine... 45 minutes in a hot I made it and today got the results that along with the biopsy it does look like my bilary duct has strictures causing the bile to not process well.

So I am off to the ERCP today so they can clear it up.

They originally wanted to do the ERCP so they could diagnose and treat it at one time...My bleeding and lovely hematoma made them rethink that.

So, at 3pm today I get to go lay on that ugly purple thing...

I debated over putting the photo on..I don't want to gross you out..What do you think????

Photo's or no photos? Remember I am getting ready to post about transplant? (no, I don't have any actual photo's of surgery! LOL....Send me some comments!

Talk to you tomorrow....


Erin said...


Anonymous said...

The picture is impressive! I think it's great to put them on.

Hugs - Kelly

Celene said...

I vote photos. It seems to help me understand what you are describing and also shows me exactly what you are going through. Gross me out?? Well, of course!!! (hehehe) but they are really interesting to me.

Hang in there girlfriend and let them keep you as long as they need to. You are beginning the 1st day of the rest of your life!

Hugs from Georgia,

Anonymous said...

I like the photos. They give us a better idea of whats going on with your transplant. Don't rush getting out of there. Enjoy the rest and prople
taking care of you.


tKeep Up the aking care of you.


I like your pictures. The before and after pictures help me see things clearer. As I visit other bloggers who are either going into transplant or are post-transplant, it gives me wonderful insight into what I have to look forward to. Whether I end up with any of the same problems that others experience is beside the point. It's knowing what can or might happen along the way that seems important to me. As I go into transplant I want to learn as much as possible.
As the progression of time moves forward since my Day 1 of learning about my disease, I have learned a lot and very little, but I have a better understanding of things and life.
I certainly thank you for your pictures and your stories. I am also sorry for what you have gone through and will be going through and I truly wish you the best and good health.

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