Well it couldn't have gone better today, even the weather. My right side stents have fully incorporated just the way he wanted to see it, so that side is "done". He also saw what he wanted to see out of my "bucket handle" collateral. The valve he was so fascinated with, he thinks is just not opening up at all. So it looks right, but it apparently is not opening up when it should and is actually severely restricting flow. So the concept is to go around it with the catheter and force the flow from the other side to verify, and then stick a stent right in the middle of it. Sounds good to me. He also thinks that my shoulder issues are a pinched nerve and it may take some time to unpinch, but if it doesn't, then we are going to have to make some room, but I'm not thinking about that for now. The left side stent won't be put in that same area as the right was where everything goes through the bone, so it shouldn't be as restrictive of a condition. Also, as has been noted before, he is using a smaller stent.
Here's the really good part to me. I don't know why or how, but I was having a day like I had a few weeks ago where I just went crazy at work all day and followed it up with a night out with my daughter watching a live band. Well today, all because of my Marie inspired motivation, walked the whole freakin' thing today and didn't peter out AT ALL until the very last leg when we were walking from the Falk center (Dake's office) to the parking garage. That's the longest leg. And it didn't happen until we were out sitting in the sun for about a half hour. No cane even and no help. It all came down to my knee not firing up. Up until that point, my legs were hardly even tingling. It was great. The we went to Whole Foods and I had just had enough so I went to sit in the car; I hated that because I love shopping at Whole Foods. A grand and glorious day in gorgeous NoCal. I honestly don't think we saw a single cloud, it was in the low 80's, and it was just great.
I will post the day after tomorrow after my surgery and let you all know how it went. I'm making sure that Zofram (sp?) is pushed with the morphine every time and I managed to get some MJ out here and am going to see how good that works right after surgery. I know how well it worked about 3 days post op, I'm curious about it the day after and if it will touch THAT level of discomfort.
So I'm going through all that crap again, but I'm very optimistic even though I know it's going to be a few weeks of suck. Never up, never in as they say.
He still said my azygous looks good, but will be exploring tomorrow with the venogram thoroughly. I just can hardly believe I walked the whole thing. After last weekend's camping trip being a "marker" of sorts, as I explained how it felt harder than the one I took right before coming out the first time, it made me very hopeful to walk the whole thing and not struggle. If you'd have asked me a week ago did I think I could have done it, I'd have said no. So maybe it's just taking some time and the good flow on the right side IS having some effect. One thing is for sure, you guys know I'll tell all about it!