My dear and faithful cheerleaders,
The outpouring of love never ceases to amaze me. The last time I sent out an update I was at my lowest point. I knew we needed extra prayers to get us to Johns Hopkins, because I was unraveling fast.
Miracle alert: I was able to fall asleep after I sent out the email and slept in the car on the ride down to
. Fortunately, Jack did not snooze on the drive down :0) Hopkins
Little did I know I was going to need your encouragement and prayers after the appointment….I was convinced that because I had been in so much pain during the last round of tests that for sure answers and solutions would be found. Unfortunately, the tests did not show anything. However, the fact that the one injection prior to the HIDA scan caused tremendous pain and was identical to other attacks, Dr. Singh is now going to do an ERCP. During the procedure he will put a stent in my pancreas, if he is able, and make an incision in my sphincter of Oddi duct (the duct my former gallbladder and pancreases share). Dr. Singh said all of this at 3:15 PM (after 1.5 hour wait) in a monotone voice with no expression in his face. He flatly informed me that if this doesn’t work, then he is out of ideas and will have to call in other specialists. It felt like another jab to the gut. Poor Jack got the flood of tears. My hope balloon was deflated.
I went to my family doctor today, Dr. Granger, feeling pretty depressed. I left his office hesitantly happy. How you ask? He is confident that the ERCP is going to solve everything. The replica of the pain from the HIDA injection makes him very optimistic. He thinks after this procedure I may be pain free. One little incision that my husband and I have been asking for since the end of September is going to finally happen. I am hesitantly happy, because my hopes have been on a bit of a rollercoaster and now I feel more guarded. Nevertheless, this is good news!
I left a message with scheduling, so once I know the date and time for the ERCP I will let all of you know. It does require overnight stay in the hospital and there are some risks, so lots of prayer would be appreciated.
I just have to end by saying each of you are miracles. You all have different gifts and have showered me with love in your unique ways and so I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being you.
Love and deep, deep gratitude,