My mother is having an ERCP tomorrow afternoon to determine if the jaundice she started with over the weekend is the result of a poorly placed gallstone OR the 1 inch "thickening of the pancreas" the CT scan picked up today.
I have officially entered The Dark Side in my mind and am already anticipating my fairly healthy 65 year old mother going through the ordeal of The Whipple (something I would not wish upon my worst enemy).
Thankfully she has no history of GI problems or CA in the family and full routine blood work done about 1 month ago looked great. Thankfully our GI doc knows what he is doing and we have a surgeon in town who has great success rates with The Whipple
(if it comes to that).
But here I am thinking the worst and not being able to explain or talk about it to anyone other than my husband (who isn't medical) because my family doesn't need to freak out when nothing is definate. The Whipple is taunting me, and I really could do to hear some success stories from you guys.
Like I said, nothing is terrible right now, but we nurses do tend to go to The Dark Side, and I need some support cause I feel like I am over here all by myself.
(And I promise to update tomorrow after her ERCP). I would really appreciate some prayers for an onery gallstone causing trouble more than anything.