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A Successful Procedure!

Digestive system diagram showing bile duct loc...

Digestive system diagram showing bile duct location. (Photo credit: Wikipedia ~ Public Domain)

Our Monday evening plans changed when my cell phone rang just before 3:00 p.m. that afternoon. Answering it, I learned that Matt needed to be in Rochester to have the stent put in the next morning. After making arrangements to stay at the Hope Lodge, we headed up that evening after work.

As with every procedure, the risks and possible bumps in the road have to be discussed before you sign on the dotted line and get on the table. As we went over the possible issues that could arise with yesterday’s procedure, we realized there was the possibility that there were more blockages than had shown up on the CT scan. If they existed, they would become apparent as they performed the Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography—or ERCP for short.

We learned that the obvious blockage in the lower part of the bile duct rarely causes issues for the doctors, but if there were blockages further up they are not always able to open those. And obviously, if you can’t open up ones higher up, you can’t access the lower blockage either.

Not the greatest of news as Matt signed the papers, especially considering the poor track record we’ve had with treatments that should work just not working in Matt’s case. Once again we had to remind ourselves that the results have been, and will continue to be, from God. These have not been random results that have taken God by surprise.

In all the circumstances of each of our lives, it really boils down to if we believe that the God who created the Universe, that clothes the grass of the fields, that knows the number of hairs on our heads, if we believe that He knows what He is doing in our lives. Do we trust Him? And maybe more importantly, are we ready to accept His plan for our lives over our own desires and plans? 

But back to the procedure. The doctor stepped out into the waiting room as soon as he was done to let me know the only blockage they encountered was the one in the lower part and that they were able to successfully unblock it. A metal stent was in place and Matt was headed for the recovery room. This was one procedure that worked!

With Matt still pretty drugged, worn out, and sore, we opted to spend a second night at the Hope Lodge before heading home. It was a good move.

We’re home again, unpacking again, and looking forward to not needing to return to Rochester for the follow-up appointment until the week after Thanksgiving. We are looking forward to spending Thanksgiving together with the extended family. We have much to be thankful for.


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Categories: Our Cancer Journey
  1. November 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Glad to hear some good news. Praying for you, Rosie.

  2. November 14, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I’m so pleased for you both. Matt’s colour should return to normal quite quickly Rosie. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with the family and Matt now goes from strength to strength. xx Hugs

    • November 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      That’s what we’re hoping for, David! 🙂

  3. November 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

    What a wonderful post to read – so glad to hear the news that the procedure worked. 😉 May your blessings continue to increase in measure, may your strength continue to build, and may your days be precious as you are able to hold each other and say “I love you” as many times as you’d like! Here’s wishing you a stellar Thanksgiving celebration!!!

    • November 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks, Janet. We definitely take the time to just enjoy being together. We’re looking forward to a very thankful Thanksgiving with extended family. Enjoy yours as well!

  4. November 15, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Our hearts are still with you and for you. Have a great thanksgiving, The Lord is so good.

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