Got discharged from Tokuda Hospital today...Wednesday at 11:00AM. At Greenville Hotel..going home tomorrow morning with my wife to NYC, USA.
I met AnnaP, and her wonderful husband, and many other outstanding people.
As AnnaP said, Doctors and staff are great. Hospital is pretty new, so all equipment is pretty much, the latest technology.
I had a moderate stenosis in the left jug..severe stenosis in the right jug. azygos was nothing remarkable. Dr Petrov ballooned and cleared both Jugs. It feels like a really bad earache, then when he goes higher, pain goes there. As soon as he deflates, pain subsides. When you know he's accomplishing the mission though, you feel the temporary pain is worth it.
Actually, the way people on this thread act, I feel a particular closeness with all of you..so as far as the discomfort, I guess I took one for the team!
My proceedure began at 6:30 PM, on Monday evening, June 7. Was supposed to be Tuesday morning, but the night before was great as far as I was concerned. Start to end..about 1 hour 20 minutes. 4 nurses and 2 doctors in op room. Now you know why they charge what they charge.
My hospital room was equipped with 2 beds, which my wife was able to use one. A couch, table, even a small fridge and range. I was able to get this all handled by the floor nurse, who was amazing! I asked upon arrival for plenty of fruits and vegetables, and all I had to do was ask. I had a separate fresh fruit basket, bananas,apples,oranges, and a fresh vegetable basket, whole tomatos, cucumbers,etc. At first, I asked my wife where she got them, and it turned out the nurses had the kitchen put it together.
Nothing on TV for English speakers except for BBC. Canadians...you guys are ok...lots of French TV. Computer works great with high speed access. Plenty of great Canadian patients. I was the only American. I don't understand why Americans aren't flocking to get the procedure. There seems to be more of a united front by Canadians to get liberated.
Now the most important part. I have SPMS, diagnosed in 2001, but had Lyme Disease that had to be treated first, with a 1 year IV antibiotic regimen. I am a cane walker, getting much relief as of late from a wheelchair. Started on Avonex, then Tysabri, then Rituximab. No help at all from anything. Just getting worse.
Not a lot of change, but anything is something. The evening right after the procedure, I felt a little more warmth in my usually icy right foot and leg.
My usually annoying bladder has become more than bearable. Slept through the night...no annoying wake ups, deciding to take the walk and get relief, then walk back and try to fall asleep again. Daytime better also.
My wife says my face is pinker, instead of white/pale.
Also, whenever I would stand from a lying down prone position, or a sitting position, I would stand and stretch my body, arms and legs. Not any more.
Personally, I felt before going in; I'll be happy where I am...as long as i stay where I am, I'm good. In Las Vegas, a "push" is a win! So in essence, the little changes I've had are great. Anything positive is a win!
AnnaP...great meeting you and Tony! and remember...
Even if we trip...let's trip forward!!