Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Today was bananas. Too bananas to even spell it out.

First of all let me start off by saying that I have been instructed to significantly cut back on my potassium intake, and the lack of chocolate and tomato in my life is causing me great duress. I will try to carry on with this post anyway.

Secondly, we have a contract on our house. They want to close December 28. So far they seem very sane.

Thirdly, I went to the doctor today to discuss the surgery. The good news is that all of my lab results came back almost normal, which for me is good, and the nephrologist has given me the okay to go ahead with surgery. The bad news is that sucker is going to be a BEAST. The incision will be from front to back, all the way around my right side. Allllll the way around. All. The Way. Around. I think they use a giant can-opener. And also one little minor detail, they're going to take out my rib. I'm having a RIB REMOVAL. IT'S BANANAS! And I can't even eat bananas!

Fourthly, my eye exam was fantastic. No cysts on the retinas, no vision problems. I was just so happy to finally get good news from a doctor. Now I am praying for a clear brain MRI, well, not clear, I mean, I want a brain to be in there, but a brain with no cysts. As long as the MRI looks good, one of the major deadly kidney diseases will be likely ruled out. And then we will just have the tumor and possibly another major kidney disease to contend with.

I can hear your questions now: Chrissy, when are you going to have the surgery? Which doctor are you going with? Where are you going to live when you sell your house? What will they do with your rib when they are done?

The answer to all of them is the same: I do not know.

I go for the MRI early Wednesday, and then next week I meet with two different surgeons, one of whom does this type of surgery laparoscopically on occasion for qualifying candidates, so I'm really looking forward to what he has to say. Hopefully he will say I can keep all my ribs.

Meanwhile, happy Thanksgiving to y'all! We're leaving tomorrow for Houston to see my sister and her family as well as some aunts and cousins that I haven't seen in quite a while. And I'm going to smell the potatoes but not eat them.


  1. Dear Chrissy....I love you! I know of no one else who could be going through all this crap and keep such an awesome sense of humor. You are amazing!

  2. Maybe you can have the first ever slighty-used rib bloggy giveaway!? ;). Great news on the house and eyes, hope things contine to go even better than can ne reasonably expected!

  3. You are the funniest person I know. But YOUR ARE CLOSING ON YOUR HOUSE ON DEC. 28TH?? Good grief. Would you like two scoops of stress with your possible kidney cancer. And all without chocolate. You really are a superwoman. Have a Happy Thanksgiving friend. You deserve it.

  4. B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

    No potatoes? On Thanksgiving? I am weeping for you. The surgery stuff sounds bad and all, but life without potatoes? Noooo!

    I've been thinking of you A LOT! Medical questions without answers are so frustrating! I know this from life with KayTar. Then I think of my brief cancer scare a few months ago and how PANICKED I felt until I got the all clear...man, my heart goes out to you.

    If you have extra time while you are in my town and want to grab a coffee (is there potassium in coffee?) or a water, LOL, let me know!

  5. LOL... I just asked you sister all of those questions, well except for the rib one.

  6. You should totally ask them if you can keep the rib. I would.


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