October 24

October 24, 2010 joycepsouth

Greeting, –

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted.  Mom is doing so well, I sometimes forget about the post.  Thanks for your diligence in checking in and keeping up with us.  I had the most incredible weekend with Aunt Libby, mom’s sister.  Maryville College was celebrating homecoming and I had the privilege of taking her to her 60th college reunion.  What a wealth of knowledge I was surrounded with.  The weather was gorgeous, the campus was beautiful and the company was fantastic.  What a wonderful way to spend a lovely fall weekend.

Now to mom- she is doing better each week, getting stronger and more independent.  We have been back and forth to the dr. all with good reports.   The surgeon however has decided that mom will need her nutrition (TPN) for an extended period of time, so they referred us to a vascular dr. to determine the best kind of system to have for the extended time of IV nutrition.  He felt like a fistula was the best solution.  We were very skeptical at first, even saying no to the procedure – all we were hearing was negative information.  We did more investigating through her trusted drs. and all recommended this procedure.  Therefore we will be going in on Tuesday for an outpatient procedure to form a fistula in her left arm.  What is a fistula you might ask????  Well – it is usually used by dialysis patients.  The dr will take an artery and connect it to one of her veins.  Then over the course of the next three months, her body will do the rest of the work.  The vein will enlarge and its walls will thicken due to the pressure and oxygen of the artery blood flowing through it.  This will enable mom to have the foreign object that the picc line has to have in her body.  It should drastically reduce the risk of infection.  This is a very good thing.  Other good things about this are  she will have no tubes dangling from her arm and she will be able to shower again.  (which she has not been able to do since April)  We are still a little uncertain about the procedure because we will have to learn a new procedure for connecting her each night which will involve us sticking her and inserting a needle into the fistula.  I hope we will be able to do this successfully.  We told mom that it had to be her decision, because it would be her that would have to be stuck…  But – mom with her positive outlook said, “I have always prided myself in following what my dr. think is best, and I have three good dr. recommending a fistula.  Therefore I think I should have it done.”   I will keep you posted on the progress of our new journey.  We will continue to use the picc line until the fistula become operational.  Hope everyone has a good week.  Love to all — Joyce

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  • 1. Jane Cumby  |  October 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    It is amazing how medicine has advanced. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you every day. Thanks for posting even the good stuff!!! So glad Ruth felt like traveling. Stay well…


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