Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Little Good News for a Change

Picture: Rick is home after the latest surgery
Today, July 13, 2010, was another surgery day for Rick. It was his ninth surgery since last October. Today's procedure was to externalize the catheter that was put into his abdomen last month (surgery number eight).
It wasn't too harsh - we didn't have to be there until 10:30, which is late by surgical standards. I dropped him off at the Swedish surgery intake lobby while I went off to another building nearby to straighten out some billing details - his insurance changed on May 1, and now two offices have billed the wrong insurance, and these things have to be straightened out.
So after that I headed back to Swedish and hung out with Rick for a while before he was taken off to the OR.
I was sitting in the Family Surgery Waiting Room talking with Cousin Nancy on the phone when Dr. Pham, Rick's surgeon, came out and told me that she'd put a liter of fluid in and got a liter of fluid out: "I think it's going to work!" she said with a smile.
This is good news. The PD catheter might work. Woo hoo.
Stay tuned for further developments.


  1. RICK, RoboDude.
    So this means that dialysis can be a Home thing, this is good!