Thank you all for your wonderful thoughts, prayers, and positive wishes. I appreciate
all the kind words you've posted.
Well, once again, things have been side tracked just a bit.
As planned, the surgery was set for this past Friday, 11/18. Everyone was made aware of the problems with my breathing tube from the last time. They were even able to pull last years chart to refer to. This time they were prepared. I had to undergo nasal intubation
while awake, although I was given some of those great meds that kinda make you not really care, along with a few shots to anesthetize my throat area.
However, things did get kind of rough.
They once again were not able to get the tube in...after trying for a couple of hours. They were however, able to view and discern
the problem using a fiberoptic scope. Basically, I have a kink in my trachea, created from the many years of excess fat and flesh around my neck.
Dr. Patel, the anesthesiologist, told me they were able to get the breathing tube just past the kink, but the tube then jammed into the wall of my windpipe on the other side of the kink, and cut off my air flow completely.
(I remember that part very well...they kept telling me to breathe, but no air was coming.)
At this writing I've been rescheduled for 12/8.
This time around, they will perform a tracheostomy for the insertion of the breathing tube, then proceed with my lap (I hope) RNY. If all goes well, I hope to only have to have the trach for 2 or 3 days.
If anyone knows of someone
that has had to have a trach for their surgery, please drop me a line. I have to say, I'm a bit more nervous
about the idea of a hole at the base of my neck
than I thought I would be. Your input would be greatly appreciated.
Peace in Christ,
PS - My partner
of 16 years has been by my side
every step of the way. She even spent her birthday last Saturday by my bedside
in the hospital.
I'm really blessed
to have her, and thought I'd let the world know how great she is.