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Facing Major Surgery #17...

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Arlo Kalon 2.0, May 11, 2011.

  1. Arlo Kalon 2.0

    Arlo Kalon 2.0 Very Active Member

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    Since I got out of a six month hospital stay in December of last year, the two fistulas on my belly I was left with have opened up more than ten times. The skin excoriation from intestinal bile (hydrochloric acid) is always making a quarter size crater next to my belly button that burns like all get out. Just last night, after arriving home from a meal at a Mexican restaurant, I stood at the bathroom sink and drained everything I ate and drank from the hole in my belly.

    A week from tomorrow, on the 19th, I am being operated on again by a fistula specialist surgeon in Dallas. The surgery will be in Dallas, a twenty five mile trip from here. My wife will be making the trip every day I am in the hospital during the worst of rush hour after her school lets out.

    The surgeon has warned me that I may develop another fistula after the surgery to cut two of them out. He said that at that point I would be on IV nutrition for the rest of my life. I've had to give up food entirely already for six months. It's a difficult existence to say the least. I am reluctant to admit it, but I've already decided that if that is the outcome, I am a dead man. I won't go thru the drain bags attached to my belly and have to forgo food the rest of my life. I will simply eat an entire bottle of narcotic pain pills and check out. It's my only choice. Most people on extended IV nutrition develop kidney and liver problems along with the psychological issues of giving up food. I have steeled myself to this possibility and have accepted it. I pray it doesn't come to that, but I am preparing for the worst.

    So, y'all be thinking of me yet again on the 19th and if you are so inclined, say a prayer that I won't develop fistulas again. Thanks.
     
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  2. iSign

    iSign Major Contributor

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    my prayers are with you brother, really!
     
  3. SignosaurusRex

    SignosaurusRex Major Contributor

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    ditto
     
  4. Jack Knight1979

    Jack Knight1979 Very Active Member

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    Arlo,

    I'm so sorry to hear about your continued problems. I understand the burden of trying to survive when your body has other ideas.

    I whole heartily hope that everything works out. We've never met and probably never will, but know that there is a sign guy on the coast of Maine that is pulling for you and your family.

    I tip my hat to you for dealing with all the hardship you and your family have been through and continue to endure.

    I look forward to reading about your 100% recovery soon.
     
  5. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Okay, let's get this 'Thoughts and Well Wishes' thing going again.

    Hold on there Arlo, we're all pulling for ya. We'll get ya through this. :thumb:
     
  6. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    Thoughts and well wishes from cali :thumb: -- hang in there bud!!
     
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  7. John L

    John L Very Active Member

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    Praying for the best for you Arlo!
     
  8. Mike_Koval

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    best of luck and best wishes to a successful surgery and recovery!
     
  9. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    arlo, i can relate to how you feel. after the mess i been thru. QUALITY OF LIFE, is just what it means. if there is none, and you cant bear the suffering, then i wish you a good passage.
    good friday, the hospital was discussing with my wife funeral arrangements. i came back sat a little and easter sunday i was sittin up talkin up a storm. but iam with you brother, for whatever you choose. know in your heart a lot of people love you. but i now have a strong belief in the POWER OF PRAYER. and with enough of it i feel you will have a full recovery.
     
  10. Flame

    Flame Major Contributor

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    I wish you luck friend. Truly do. You're an awesome guy.
     
  11. Signguyno1

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    You will be in our prayers for complete healing and that the doctors will be guided by the Great Healer Above. Place your trust in Him, Amen.
     
  12. CheapVehicleWrap

    CheapVehicleWrap Very Active Member

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    ohh man... you're wearing out the path to hell and back. Good luck man, we're rootin for ya!
     
  13. Marlene

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    whatever the outcome, where there is life, there is hope. you have a wonderful family and so much more to do in life that whatever it takes to go on is worth the issues. I so hope all goes wll for you as you are such a great guy and deserve better than what you have been handed. keep strong and we will do our part to root for you all the way!
     
  14. Rojo

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    Our prayers are with you, your family, and your surgeon.
     
  15. tcorn1965

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    Godspeed to recovery. My prayers are with you!

    Terry
     
  16. signage

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    Arlo we are all pulling for you and you can not give up! Keep fighting and hopefully this will be the final surgery to fix everything correctly! Now you must keep the positive JUJU in your thoughts for this to go for the better!! So we are all counting on you to keep good thoughts and seeing you back here on the 26th or sooner!
     
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    Prayers your way Arlo! Hang in there, and we're just going to believe that something awesome is going to happen! We'll look forward to updates soon on how the surgery went!
     
  18. Mike Paul

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    Hope it all works out well Arlo. Good luck.
     
  19. mikey-Oh

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    Directing prayers and some juju to the south!
    Hope all goes well Arlo.
     
  20. fmg

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    Wow!!! That read took something to digest (scuse the pun) I hope all works out with you and you have a speedy recovery.Good Luck Fella!!!
     
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