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calblacksmith
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Posted Tue May 6, 2014, 1:21pm
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LOL! I will let him take all the credit, in exchange for a cure!

 
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calblacksmith
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Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
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Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Tue Jul 22, 2014, 9:16am
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Well, an update after a doc visit yesterday.
As far as this surgery goes, all looks well.

BUT

(You knew there was going to be a but did't you :D)

she has been getting worse. After the last surgery, things were pretty good, but over the months since, she has degraded to about 3/4 of where she was before. Communication is very bad, she has walking issues, even things like taking pills sometimes she needs to be reminded to put the pill in the mouth, now take a drink of water and swallow.

Turning the TV on (a single push of the remote button) often is beyond her understanding.

The doc was happy about his surgery but when we described the continued downward trend, he went back and took another look at the scans done last Friday. There has been a buildup of fluid around the brain (hydrocephalus).
Click Here (www.ninds.nih.gov)

So, now as soon as the doc can arrange things, we will have a MRI scan to get a better look and more surgery to follow ASAP.

She has a shunt (drain tube) that has been been draining the fluid for years and though it seems that the part in the brain is still working (but less than in a great place to do the job now, things have shifted a bit) it is clogged where it drains into the stomach cavity. Due to it's age in her, it has become pretty much fused into place so removal is not an option. We will know more after the scans but most likely course of action at this point is to just cut the drain tube close to the brain and install a whole new drain setup to take over the job that the old one is not performing anymore.

My plant is going to cease operation in about a year and with it, I will be out of a job. Thank you for canceling the program Mr President. Anyway, we are trying to get everything done before we have to take a big downgrade in our health insurance at a substantial price increase.

More later :D

 
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Posted Wed Jul 23, 2014, 11:50am
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Wayne, thanks for the update. I'm sorry to hear Cyndy has continue to decline. I hope all goes well and that the shunt revision will help her regain some ground. As you probably know, there are several options for revising the malfunctioning shunt, and I'm sure you and your doctors will discuss them and choose the best option to proceed.

I wish I had a need for a master welder inspector. I hope all turns out better than expected in that regard.

Be well, my friend...

Ron

 
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Thu Jul 24, 2014, 9:48am
Subject: Re: It has been a looooong day.
 

Thank you Ron.

She has a MRI scheduled for this afternoon and another doctor apt on Monday so we will know more then but a shunt revision is just one more in a long series for her.

For work, I do have a couple of offers from customers I visit for my current employment. No one can make anything official until after the closure here so there are a few options out there in addition to retirement.

On a brighter note... my car died so I had to buy another one LOL. HEY it really is a silver lining though, I have been dreaming about what I bought since I was in high school, some 40+ years ago. I never thought I could afford it and thought what the heck, it is time :D I will make a new thread on it!

 
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Wayne P.
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