Clogged Plumbing

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I never planned to discuss medical matters of any kind here, because I had this silly idea that just because we have always been as healthy as horses, we would probably just drop dead sometime and never really have to be sick. How nice that would be. Well, you’ve seen bright yellow Eunie yesterday.

Here is what the sunrise looked in Cairns this morning before the day’s load of stuff hit the fan:

As reported yesterday, Eunie has a constricted common bile duct leading into her small intestine. This is what is causing bile, the bright yellow pigment, to back up into her liver and make her a sickie. There are two ways to fix this. If they find gall stones on next Thursday, they will pretty much stop and wait a week and then remove her gall bladder. This is the preferred outcome for us. PRAY FOR GALL STONES!  If it it something else restricting the flow, the will put in a thing called a stent, which will enlarge the opening. The problem with this is that it has to be cleaned or replaced at least once a year. This is NOT the preferred outcome.

Here is a mob of fruit bats (flying foxes) in a tree near the Cairns Private Hospital. They tried their best to drop their fragrant fruit bombs on me, but I dodged every one. They look just like the ones we have in Madang:

The sight of them and their constant screeching was comforting.

Today’s post will be a short one, because I’m wasted. Here is the sunset from the hospital window:

I leave you with this request. If you are the praying kind, please pray for GALL STONES!  If praying isn’t your bag, then please THINK of gall stones.

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14 Responses to “Clogged Plumbing”

  1. Dr Andy Craig Says:

    nice shot of nature vs Technology ( or be it the harness of energy we all depend on ) … And yet , the Sunset takes the glory once again . Best wishes , im sure your lady will be firing on all 8 in no time . Cheers

  2. Walt Says:

    Here’s hoping for gallstones. One of my daughters had her gall bladder removed a couple of years ago (via laparoscopy) and managed to bounce back pretty quickly afterward.

  3. Bron Says:

    Best wishes, and my prayers, feeble though they may be.


  4. ZydecoDoug Says:

    From half a world away, here’s to your Eunie’s best and complete recovery. We know from our hearts it will all work out. Health problems suck, no matter where you live. Our sincere thoughts are with you both. We truly wish you could be home in Madang right now. You will be there soon.

    Chins up! Best wishes!

    Doug and Diane
    Northeast Florida

  5. Sue Fletcher Says:

    I had an arterial stent put in this past May, to relieve a 99% blocked artery to my heart. It took about an hour and I was sort of awake…seemed like 10 minutes. I take Plavix to keep my blood from clotting around the stent. After a while it won’t be needed.(Plavix) Just telling you so you know a stent is not so bad if it comes to that. Praying for the best for Eunice.

  6. Steve Bennett Says:

    I’m thinking of Gall Stones.

    *Steve wanders off… gallstonesgallstonesgallstonesgallstones…*

  7. Ali Says:

    If the power of positive thinking really has power, then there are some seriously good vibes zipping and zooming around Eunie and yourself at the moment . Dave and I both have you in our thoughts and if “gall stones” are the best outcome for Eunie, we will be wishing for them right along with ya! Please give her our best wishes for good health. It will be great to see her out of the yellow and back in the pink…..The sheer GALL of those STONES to make her sick!!

  8. MadDog Says:

    What a nice feeling you give me, Ali, with your image of “good vibes” surrounding us. It’s just what we need. Tanned and healthy is really Eunie’s colour and I will be happy to see her in that shade again. This may be the first time in history that people have been asked to pray for gall stones. Thanks, Ali. You gave us a lift.

  9. MadDog Says:

    Steve, keep that mantra going, man. You never know who might be listening. Thanks.

  10. MadDog Says:

    Thanks for your message, Sue. I certainly hope that if a stent is required, it will not be a continuing problem. The surgeon mentioned that even a metal stend might need to be “bottle brushed” at least once a year to keep it clear. It’s too bad that there is not something like Plavix to keep the bile duct stent clear. Maybe someday . . .

    Thanks for pitching in, Sue.

  11. MadDog Says:

    Doug and Diane, nice to hear from you. Knowing that many good people are thinking about us is a great comfort. Being a nester, just leaving home is stressful for me. We’re blessed by many friends supplying our needs and sending us good vibes. Thanks.

  12. MadDog Says:

    Bron, I’ve always thought of myself us being very weak in spirit. It’s all I can manage just to believe. The rest of it is mostly just a big mystery. When you mentioned your “feeble prayers” I had a good giggle. I was trying to think if I knew anyone whose prayers are more feeble than mine. Now I’ve found “feeble prayer” brother. It don’t matter, mate. There are huge ears listening.

  13. MadDog Says:

    Thanks for the helpful hopes, Walt. That’s pretty much the outcome for which we are hoping. Matter settled!

  14. MadDog Says:

    Thanks, Dr. Andy. That post was pretty much thrown together from the day’s bits and pieces, but when I was finished, it seemed to work for me. Eunie is getting some very good dope that makes her a little goofy, but she’s feeling no pain now and that’s a real blessing.