Dr. Stuart Sherman replaced my stints for my SOD. I actually have a different type of stint this time that wont have to be replace for about 4 to 6 months instead of the every 3 months. So that was good to hear. I barely feel anything from this part of the surgery!
The best part was that I was able to get my J-tube replaced! My J-tube has been causing me a great deal of problems since September. For those who do not know, I use my J-tube to get my nutrition from at night. I hook up to a bag and it runs all night long. I got in infection in this tube in September and it has been one thing after another with it since then. This is the original tube that was put in January.
I had asked if it would be possible for Dr. Sherman to switch it out while I was there but he was not sure until he saw me yesterday. So we were not sure until I was actually in the operating room. He brought in one of his associates and he agreed to do it! His name was Dr. Waxman. He explained that I would be getting a brand new type of tube. I was so excited. It's funny, when you have a disease, you get really excited over weird things. :)
When I woke up from recovery, I was shocked at how sore I was. When I saw the tube I could not believe it! It is now very similar to the G-tube (the one I use for venting/drainage). I was a bit concerned if it would work with my tube feedings I do at night. But Dr. Waxman assured me it would be the same. And sure enough, it was. In fact, it was better!
I am still very sore today, but that is to be expected. I am so pleased with the care I am receiving at Indiana University Medical Center. They truly know about this disease. Dr. Waxman went out of his way to replace my tube and I am so grateful to him.
Thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers! And a special thanks to my dear friend Anne who came over a cleaned my house while we were gone!