Better Than Yesterday

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Today’s post will be as brief as yesterday’s because it’s been another grueling day of frantic activity and anxiety. It seemed to be starting off as badly as the last few days, but turned out very nicely.

Here is Eunie ensconced in her luxurious boudoir of the Cairns Private Hospital. Yes, she is still yellow, but at least we know what is causing it:

It seems that she has a blocked bile duct. She will stay in the hospital until about Saturday while they get her pain medication adjusted and make sure she’s okay otherwise. Then she will come back to the apartment with me until next Wednesday. On Thursday, the surgeon will install a stent in the bile duct and (or) remove the gall bladder. The prognosis is very good.

We haven’t been told yet how long she will have to stay in Cairns. We should know that next week

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14 Responses to “Better Than Yesterday”

  1. Bron Says:

    Good luck to you both!

  2. Sue Fletcher Says:

    Happy for both of you to know Eunice will be fine! 🙂

  3. Rich Says:

    Relief to know what it is and that is a funky yellow there Euni. And a very interesting medical condition too! Dr Mac will be very proud. We are thinking of you and enjoy the chance to catch up with reading and email. Love from Canada – Rich and Jenn

  4. MadDog Says:

    Rich and Jenn – Eunie’s disposition has changed dramatically, though she will remain the colour of a caution light until after next week when they put the stent in to open the flow of bile. She is greatly relieved to know what the problem is and very happy to know exactly what is going to be done about it. Thanks for checking in. I’ll have notes probably every day to keep friends posted.

  5. MadDog Says:

    Sue, yesterday evening is the first time I’ve seen her so happy for a long time. She was laughing and feeling no pain. Thanks for commenting.

  6. MadDog Says:

    Thanks, Bron. Eunie is very happy to know that it will be sorted out soon. They gave her some nice pain killers so she could get a good night’s sleep. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  7. Jan & Allan Fletcher Says:

    Hi Eunice and Jan
    Glad to hear that Eunice is now on the mend. We were very concerned to read your previous diary on Eunice’s illness. We are only too aware of the lack of medical services in PNG. Hope you credit card debacle has also been sorted out. We had a similar experience many years ago when we took the family for a holdiay in USA and know the feeling of being in another country with no money to hand!!!
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery and look forward to reading your follow up blogs.
    Kind regards
    Jan & Allan Fletcher

  8. Kate Says:

    Poor Eunice! Men do take fotos of us at the entire worst time! I can see that she is ‘up & at em’, but now there is a pic of Jaundiced Eunice for the world to see!!!!!
    So pleased to know that’s “all” it is…a relatively easily resolved problem!

  9. MadDog Says:

    Jan & Allan, good to hear from you! PRAY FOR GALLSTONES! That’s the mantra for the next week. If they find stones they will remove her gall bladder and that will be the end of the problem. If there is something else causing the restriction, they will put in a stent in the duct which will require cleaning or replacement periodically, at least once a year.

    I’m sorry that you had a similar cash emergency, but glad that you can truly empathise.

    We should have a much better idea of the future by next Friday. Eunie is scheduled for surgery on Thursday.

  10. MadDog Says:

    Kate, Eunie gave me permission to use that shot. She wanted friends to know that she was off-colour, but otherwise okay. She is quite startlingly yellow. I’ll keep up the reporting on her condition here along with my usual drivel. Thanks for commenting.

  11. Matthew James Says:

    Praying for gallstones, mate 😉 Please send our best wishes to Eunie – Matt and Shan

  12. Alison Hughes Says:

    Hi Eunice and Jan, I am praying for Gall Stones all the way from Bonnie Scotland. take care and speedy recovery. love Ali x

  13. MadDog Says:

    Hi Alison. I bet it’s getting a little chilly there already, eh? Have gall stones ever been prayed for before in Scotland? I wonder if Google could help us find out? Thanks for checking in. I’ve passed the Scottish Gall Stone Prayer alonge to Eunie. I wonder what Robbie Burns would say?

  14. MadDog Says:

    Thanks, Matt and Shan. I’m one of those goofy people who believe that every prayer is heard. A lot of people are praying for gallstones. How weird is that?