jmudukes2008 wrote:I just had major surgery on March 7th...I had my pancrease, gall bladder and spleen removed arthroscopically (damn that's a mouthfull...or typefull) and I was walking in two weeks.
Car accident? If the reason for that surgery is private, you don't have to answer of course, but I am curious as to what led to one procedure to remove all of those at one time.
It's all good man...that's the beauty of the internet, and the cafe at that...you can share personal stories with total strangers, except you guys are complete baseball geeks like myself, so you're like a second family! I had chronic pancreatitis. It was idiopathic...I went out to Brigham and Women's in Boston, UPitt Med Center, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn, and eventually to University of Minnesota Medical, which is where they performed the operation. I was going in and out of the hospital every few weeks which caused me to withdraw from 5 semesters in a row of college...which sucked a whole lot. So my family and I decided that enough was enough, and I became the first person in the world to have an arthroscopic eyelit cell transplant-pancreatectomy. Apparently they had to take the gall bladder out because of the pancrease and then the spleen because of the gall bladder or something along those lines. My father is a doc so I let him speak to the surgeons for me and thats what they strongly recommended. They also wanted to take my appendix out while they were in there just in case I got appendicitis down the road, but I told the surgeon: I can only name about 7 or 8 organs, there's no way I'm letting you take half of them out, leave the appendix. Lol it was actually a pretty funny moment when I said that...the whole surgical team burst out in laughter during a very tense moment the day before the surgery. And to answer the person who asked how you could be alright after having all of those things taken out...I became a partial diabetic up until June, which is when the eyelit cells which they took from my pancreas and injected into my liver kicked in and began producing insulin through my liver. So basically, the only side effect from the surgery is that I have to take 4 enzyme pills before I eat anything for the rest of my life. Anything at all, whether it be a cracker or a rack of ribs. It sucks having to carry the pills around all the time but it sure as heck beats going in and out of the hospital being on pain killers every two weeks. So yea, I'm back to normal, I'm even back to playing rugby in a touch 7's league where I live and plan on playing again when I get back to college this fall with my old teammates for the first time in a year!
July 4th, 4:51 pm: Big Pelf is going to be an all out star...Pick him up before someone else does.