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Risks, Benefits and Hair Color


Thursday, June 12, 2014



Busy day today.
I drove up to Pittsburgh (which is about an hour North) to see a GI specialist about my recurrent pancreatitis and liver problems. Without getting all medical on you, I have an anatomical problem that makes it impossible for bile and pancreatic enzymes to empty into my bowels (and hence they back up and start causing pancreatitis - auto digestion or the pancreas eating itself (literally) and hepatitis or swelling and inflammation of the liver)...So in short I occasionally get very sick, with severe pain, nausea and vomiting. I have spent three weeks in the hospital this year with flares of this problem. Not fun. I have seen several specialists all of whom are afraid to operate on me due to my abnormal pancreas anatomy (I need a muscle in the duct cut so that it will allow better drainage). The doctor I saw today is known for working on patients with difficult anatomy. He reviewed my CTs, MRIs etc and is actually willing to do the procedure I want as long as I understand the risks vs benefits.

Risk 1: There is a 1 in 10 chance that the problem will come back and I will need to have the procedure done again.

Risk 2: There is a 1 in 5 chance that I will get WORSE pancreatitis than I have now

Risk 3: There is a 1 in 4 chance that I will be very sick (i.e....in the ICU) after the procedure

Benefit: There is a 1 in 1 (100%) chance that I will keep getting these flares with terrible pain, nausea and vomiting at random intervals, unpredictably if I don't get the procedure.

Ugggh. I am a doctor and I don't know how to make this decision.


Second half of the day was more fun. I get my hair done in Pittsburgh by the world's loveliest stylist: Heather. I adore her. She is the sweetest woman on the planet and always makes me feel better. Today she charmed me with stories of her kids and her plans for summer vacation and how they were getting thwarted. She has such a positive attitude it always puts me in a good mood. And as a bonus, she makes my hair bright and shiny (and currently very red).

It was a rainy evening - huge thick thunderclouds and rain like an ark might come in handy, but as I got closer to home I noticed a bright rainbow. Hopefully that metaphor will hold up in life too...

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUNESHOPE 9/28/2014 10:45PM

    emoticon Your hair looks great.
emoticon So sorry about the medical issues. What did you decide to do? I hope everything works out well, and that you never have to deal with that again.

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SENORAHACHE 7/20/2014 10:24AM

    Good luck with this decision! I'm pull in' for ya!

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PRETTYPITHY 6/25/2014 4:45PM

    Love your hair -- sorry to hear about the GI issues!

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SADWHITEWOLF 6/23/2014 9:28AM

    The hair suits you!

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RENZRYD 6/14/2014 11:25AM

    Love the change, change is good, we all need change :) As for the decisions you will have to make regarding surgery, see the above note ;) I am sorry your body has been giving you problems but at least you found a doctor willing to look at you. Happy thoughts for you!

-Renee emoticon

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RUDITUDI2000 6/13/2014 11:30PM

    Lifting you up! emoticon emoticon

You look stunning! Such a beautiful girl!

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ISLAMOM 6/12/2014 9:29PM

    I love your hair...you look terrific, and I know you'll make the right decision for you!!

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DALID414 6/12/2014 8:24PM

    Risk 1 doesn't sound too bad, the other 2 are scary though. I hope your answer comes to you.

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MANLEYSANDY 6/12/2014 12:00PM

    Cute hair!

That is a tough position to be in. The first thing that came to my mind was, what would you tell one of your patients to do? Or course your medical training plays a big part, but human nature kicks in and you are the one that has to deal with the pain. I am sure you will make the right call!

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FITMARY 6/12/2014 8:01AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your pancreatitis. My son had that so I know a bit about how painful and how dangerous it is. I'm lighting a candle for you to help you decide the right path. Being a doctor and knowing that this specialist has unique experience will help you choose what right for you!
p.s. Very cute picture of your "new" hair!

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EMTFF376 6/12/2014 7:04AM

    I love your hair!! Its great!

I hope you find a quick and healing decision. It sounds like your choices are tough, but you've done your homework. I'm sure you will make the right call.

Have a good weekend!


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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/12/2014 5:33AM

    That is a tough decision for sure...

I LOVE the hair!! You look amazing!!

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JEREMY723 6/12/2014 12:30AM

    I hope a joke's ok...

can't you just find some stronger gravity? Live there and it will keep stuff from "moving up"

Oh wait, you said "back up" not "move up" Probably not funny either way, I'm to tired!

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BOPPY_ 6/12/2014 12:07AM

    You have a difficult decision, And, apparently, a wonderful hairdresser.

Enjoy the rainbow, and best wishes for your decision and the outcome.

Lee

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