Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"The Procedure"

Tomorrow morning Don will have his scope done. Here is a basic explanation of what they are looking for:
Locate the esophagus. See the vein wrapped around the esophagus? They are checking it to see how much tension it is under. It could look anywhere from normal to like a varicose vein. Now look for the large arrows in the portal vein which goes through the liver. When the pressure is high in the portal vein it causes blood to go up into the esophageal vein, but the blood from that vein is suppose to empty DOWN into the portal vein, NOT go up into it. If it goes up, it causes the pressure that distorts the esophageal vein.

Did that make sense? So in other words ..we are hoping there is no damage to the esophageal vein! I should be able to post the results on Friday?? or at least tell you how it went. Don will be sedated for this and although he will not have to stay the night, he will have to stay several hours after the procedure. I will be with him all day.

8 comments:

jennybean79 said...

I hope Don recovers quickly and that all goes smoothly for you both tomorrow.

bj said...

I'm sorry to have not been over in awhile to check on your handsome hubby.
I hope all goes well and that the outcome is G.O.O.D.
Give him an extra hug from blogland tonight..
xo bj

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

My prayers will be with you both.

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Good luck and we'll be thinking of you!!! Hope to hear GREAT news soon!

Kari

Helen said...

Julie, as always .... my thoughts and prayers are with both you and Don.

Susan said...

I'm hoping everything goes well and that the outcome is good! I already miss Hawaii. I want to go back!! Let me know if you want to go.
Hugs, Susan

pedalpower said...

I hope everything went well...I'm praying for you!

Neabear said...

Yes, it does make sense.