10:29 a.m. Regina time. Doc just left for surgery

Trip Start Jul 25, 2010
Trip End Aug 03, 2010

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What a day.  A long, long day.

We were to arrive here at 10 a.m. and did so.  We met several other people here for the same reason.  It always amazes me, the instant fellowship that happens in foreign places when one only has another thing or two in common with another fellow Canadian, but yet we always seem to link as though we've all been friends forever.  This happened a few times today.  The MS treatment community is small and stories covering all parts of the trip, stay, meals, etc were shared.

And, each group shared stories that inspired and excited involvement.  We were no exception.

By 1 pm (and we hadn't eaten since night previous) Doc had completed all the tests - including the most important one with the surgeon who stated,

"You have severe stenosis (sp?) in both jugular veins... that's the best news you can get”.  (This is to confirm that the problem that needs to be present to be eligible for the procedure IS present in Doc's body).

Then off to his room where Inga 1 and Inga 2 arrived, razors in hand... (I'm calling all nurses Inga now (pronounced Eeng-gah...lol).  Unlike the Greenville Hospital Hotel, the staff on the wards have very limited English and they all remind me of what a nurse named Inga might look like and sound like:~)

I seized the moment, pulled out my camera and thought - this is the greatest picture - 'Doc' with two nurses!  The Ingas were not amused.  I never got a shot off.  I left Doc to get a Bulgarian Special with two unlikely beauticians...

7 hours later...

The waiting is over.  One minute ago, our friend Doc left with the orderly to have the procedure done.

Send lots of good, healing energy friends.  This is it.

Doc instructed me to go have a meal (my first too since last night, tho I did attempt a fried something-or-other from the cafeteria this morning with little enthusiasm). Doc also instructed me to enjoy a glass of wine and then find a woman and photograph her - someone that I would match make him with :~)  (I think he's concerned that I'm bored).  I will follow his instructions, but not sure I'll stop at one glass of wine.

Generally, the procedure is 2 hours.  Some have been as long as 5.  Some as short as 30 minutes.  I will revisit this blog when he is out of surgery.

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Darryl on

This is getting really intense. It's like waiting for a baby to be born! My thoughts are with Doc. Can't wait to hear. Kim, EAT!

aeroman on

are the two nurses big or smaller than cornish

megan gray on

Well done Kim...The most important part that could have been done has been done with your help. Sending lots of love to you both. Meg

Louise Kilby on

all positive thoughts heading to Mark (and Kim for taking care of him! lol!!) thanks for taking the time to post Kim! that was good news about being eligible for the surgery............prayers and blessings off to both of you

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