Sunday, March 11th, 2018
When we last left off, the plan was to:
Since then, it's been decided that it doesn't matter much where I am bleeding because the next step would be the same regardless of the actual source (e.g. esophageal varices, gastropathy, anorectal varices): relieve my portal hypertension (high blood pressure in the veins leading into the liver). The current standard of care for my condition is the installation of a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS). Despite the intimidating name, the procedure is simple in concept.
It's all in the name
Breaking down that mouthful (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt) explains how the procedure is performed:
When and where?
All of that explains why I need the procedure. As for when and where, the procedure will be done this Wednesday (March 14th) by the Interventional Radiology staff at Johns Hopkins. I will be monitored for a day or two and then sent home, barring any complications from the procedure.
That all sounds easy enough, right?
My latest musical discovery is a group called Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ). They aren't so much a band as a rotating collection of entertainers: singers, musicians and tap dancers. The brainchild of pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee, PMJ has carved out a very entertaining niche for themselves performing modern pop music (e.g. Rihanna, Beyoncé) in the style of classic American genres (e.g. swing, jazz, soul, funk and such).
Below are the videos for three songs that represent their style:
A slew of family birthdays have already been celebrated this year. Here are a few of them. Click any of them for more pictures.
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