Thursday, May 25, 2006

Old Yeller

Last Sunday, I was sitting on the couch at my parents’ house and, as he passed behind me, my dad patted me on the head. When I looked up at him I thought, “He looks yellow.” Then, I thought, “Nah, it’s just your imagination.” We’ve been watching him so closely, that I thought I was probably overreacting. Well, it wasn’t my imagination. When he and mom went outside for a walk Wednesday, she noticed that his eyes, as well as quite a lot of the rest of him, were yellow.

Occasionally, after a gastrectomy, one of the redirected ducts collapses or becomes clogged and needs to be re-opened with a stent. This is what has happened to dad. So, he now has a nice case of jaundice to go along with all of his other woes. He will have a CT scan today and a procedure to install the stent tomorrow. The doctors said that, on occasion, this particular duct collapses during chemotherapy so, me being a glass half full kind of girl (make mine a nice Chianti, please), better to fix it now than later, I suppose.

The moral of the story is: If someone in your family is turning yellow, say something.

(I stole the cartoon from Hoss.)


Susan in St. Paul said...

Glad you guys caught it quickly.

I hope he doesn't have to sleep under those strange lamps like babies do.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

I was going to say that you have good taste for picking out that cartoon. Then I found out where you got it.

You have good taste.

Laurie said...

Susan - I don't think he'll have to do that. We'll see.

Old Horsetail - Thanks! :)

Jen T. (that's me) said...

I always watch for people that appear more green or gray. Green = aliens and gray = zombies. Both are bad in my book.

Hope all goes well with your dad.

Keep your eyes peeled for Zoltron and zombies...

Zina said...

Maybe he could have been testing new clown makeup??

Tell him when he's had five CT Scans in three months then he wins. Otherwise I am still the leader in CTs this year. If I never have to drink that Barium crap it will be too soon.

I hope things go ok.

You know, being the smart ass that I can be....we always thought he was full of poop, but with the yellow coming through maybe he was just full of pee! HAHAHAHAHAAAA!

I just crack myself up sometimes.

I've been alone toooo long!

Laurie said...

Jen - Good advice.

Zina - Bless you, child!