7 Nov, 2020

Those challenges: and so ….?

Here we are, three days on from the last blog entry with its three challenges.  Anything happened?  Well, as I write this at 9pm on the 6th:

1. No final result in the US election.  The numbers suggest the likely winner, but the other guy is threatening legal action and delays.  Perhaps when you read this the numbers will be conclusive even if they’re subject to recounts and the courts.  This could run and run, as they say.  But it’s certainly not good for democracy or, given America’s still massive influence and economic power, the stability of the world order.  Which is pretty unstable anyway.

2. Some information from the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) regarding my operation for a PEG feeding tube on the 13th. There’ll be a Covid test when I’m admitted on the 11th.  The operation will be in UCLH, and they say, “There has been much discussion between surgeons and gastroenterologists”.  The technique will be the same: a tube down the throat will allow them to slide the toolkit down to push and illuminate the right incision point and then anchor the feeding tube on the inside.  They have the data and X-rays and so on.  They know that my stomach is hiding behind the rib cage and could be difficult to access.  They know sedation knocks me out and renders me unconsciously pugnacious [Question to myself: what’s a consciously pugnacious DP like?  Not sure I want an answer to that!].  They know this time it will have to be a general anaesthetic.  But what they don’t know is whether they can then find a route to the stomach. So to my surprise they have yet another option.

If they find that there’s still no route to the stomach using the standard technique I’ll have to have “open surgery”, which I think means they’ll open me up from the outside and rummage around inside till they find a way.  Oh dear!   Any medics reading this will be squirming at my layman’s terminology.  Sorry!

So I’ve asked two more questions.  Are there extra risks to the open surgery and if so, what are they? And if it has to be done that way, will it be done on the 13th – i.e. will they have the resources available to switch while I’m still on the operating table – or will they send me home to wait for yet another appointment?  No answers yet.  This could run and run …..

3. The Desert Island Discs challenge.  Yes, I’ll do it.  Not all in one day.  Trickle-feed with something every few days including a link to each piece of music.  Nice little project.

2 Comments

  1. Well, now we have great positive news on challenge number one! And am so pleased that you are agreeing to challenge number three. I’m sure that your choices will be very thoughtfully considered and will reflect yet more of the fascinating life of DWP.
    As for the most important – challenge two – I know that we, all your friends, will be hoping and praying for a successful outcome next Friday, You so deserve it! I’m sure the medics must think so too and will be gunning for you as much as we are, Love Jan x

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  2. Challenge number one – huge sigh of relief. The system held up under fire, and enough Americans refused to identify with Trump’s bigotry and xenophobia. At last we don’t have to be embarrassed to be American. Thinking positive thoughts for #2, and waiting eagerly for #three.

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