Saturday, July 18, 2009

Gut Check

My dad his having surgery in a couple weeks.

On his bladder.


He aggravates the hell out of me sometimes. Seriously, he would try the patience of a saint.

Last night is a good example: he called me with one of his patented "Help me walk through something simple* on the computer" calls.

*Note: "simple" is a bit of a misnomer. There's no such thing as "simple" when my dad is involved. He has an extrodinary talent to make things more difficult than they need to be. (a talent that I have inherited on an exponential scale)

After a few frustrated minutes of trying to explain to my dad how to log onto his gmail accout from my uncle's home - minutes which had me close to pulling my hair out - I demanded that he put my mom on the phone.

Despite having to deal with the fact that she isn't wearing her hearing aid (again) I got them logged in pretty quickly.

So.... I found out today that he's going in for surgery in a couple weeks. Of course, neither he nor my mother told me this. I found out from my sister, who herself found out when she was at their house today to feed the world's fattest cutest kittycat (this cat has bunny fur - she's adorable)

Anyway, my parents keep a calendar on the island in their kitchen (their social lives make me look like an 80yo shut in) and Jo noticed that there was a notation on the 31st "Dad - SURGERY - No food for 24hrs"


So, from my mom I found that the surgery is on his bladder.


It's been over a year since that dreaded word entered my life:


He got an all clear six months ago and apparently. But he was going in for yet another checkup on his bladder last week when they found a bladder stone.

I've never heard of bladder stones. Dad and Jo both get kidney stones (Jo's actually been put on a low oxilate diet by her doctor b/c she gets them so often) and my mom and brother have had gall stones. But I've never heard of bladder stones.

Apparently, his doctor does not think the stone is at all related to cancer (*GULP*) and it isn't giving him any painful symptoms, but because of the shape of the stone (it's L shaped) the doctor doesn't think my dad would want to try to pass it - OW! So they're going to pulverize it or whatever.

So the surgery (*GULP*) is really no big deal, but we'll always be a bit sensitive to anything related to Dad's bladder.


Been There said...

Sorry to hear this, EEE. I hope the surgery all goes well.

Jay_Lee said...

(sends good thoughts)

My Aunt had this done and it was okay. I know he'll be fine. Keep us posted.

Da Selkie said...

Aw, sorry you had to hear it piecemeal. I always get to hear about mom and dad's issues AFTER the fact = like they don't want to 'bother or upset' me.

Here's an earworm for you to keep your spirits up.

Why Are There So Many Songs About Rainbows?
And What's On The Other Side?
Rainbows Are Visions
But Only Illusions
And Rainbows Have Nothing To Hide
So We've Been Told And Some Choose To Believe
I Know They've Wrong, Wait And See

Someday We'll Find It
The Rainbow Connection
The Lovers, The Dreamers And Me

Who said that every wish would be heard and answered
When wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that, and someone believed it,
And look what it's done so far.
What's so amazing that keeps us stargazing
And what do we think we might see?
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers, and me.

All of us under its spell,
We know that it's probably magic...

... Have you been half asleep? And have you heard voices?
I've heard them calling my name.
... Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same
I've heard it too many times to ignore it
It's something that I'm s'posed to be...
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers, and me.

la la la.... :D

EEE said...


An EARWORM, Cherie?!?!

Thanks a lot!




EEE said...

Thank you all for your lovely thoughts.

It's really supposed to be no big deal.

It's just a little nerve-wracking to have issues with his bladder coming up again.

The good news is that otherwise his bladder looks totally healthy. So: Yea!


jmw said...

Good news that other than the stone, everything looks fine.

About two years ago, my mom was pronounced cancer-free after 16 years of treatments and check-ups since the damn thing started. She still can't bring herself to NOT make an annual appointment but everything has been all clear.