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SITREP: the GIST of it. (Mike Vanderboegh)
Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 7 March, 2012 | Mike Vanderboegh

Posted on 03/08/2012 5:54:18 AM PST by marktwain

Well, that was interesting. Had a long chat with my new surgeon (who actually I had met before when I was going to the wound care clinic for my foot) and tells me I have a Gastrointestinal stromal tumor, or GIST for short.

Bottom line: 1 in 5 chance of not surviving the surgery and convalescence. Will involve at least a partial gastrectomy with possible involvement in the pancreas, spleen and the main artery that serves the spleen. Minimum hospital stay two weeks. Maximum, two months, if I make it. The Doc led Rosey and me in a prayer at the end of the visit, which I appreciated greatly.

There is also a designer drug for GIST, Gleevec, which the Doc says I must have but is more expensive than my divorce. That will be required post op and for a while after discharge. Lord knows how we're going to pay for that, but then it is all in His hands anyway.

Things like this remind you of what you haven't gotten around to, and how much you need to. For example, Rosey and I still don't have a will, so we'll have to see to that in the next couple of days. Stupid, I know, especially when I never expected to live past the mid-Nineties. We've never had much of anything, especially since I had to quit work with the congestive heart failure, but we still need to do it, and quickly. Same for a power of attorney.

While I was writing this I just got a call from the surgeon's office telling me my cardio guy wants to put me through some kind of stress test to see if I'm okay to go under the knife, which sounds to me like they're trying to kill me off before I get to the OR. Anyway, if everything works right, I'll be admitted to the hospital on Monday and cut on Tuesday. So now you know what I know.

I want to thank all of you who have had me on your prayer list and humbly and gratefully ask you to continue to keep me and my family in them. I'll continue to post as I can.

LATER: So, cardiac stress test arranged for tomorrow and so it will likely be Tuesday when I'm carved on. And in answer to the comment below, yes, the PO Box still works for that. May God bless you all.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Politics
KEYWORDS: banglist; corruption; fastandfurious; fastfurious; gunrunner; gunwalker; mexico; prayer; vanderboegh
Mike has been the moving force in investigating the Fast and Furious gunwalker scandal. I will be praying for him.
1 posted on 03/08/2012 5:54:31 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

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2 posted on 03/08/2012 6:13:39 AM PST by conservativesister
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This ping is a little different today, but feel it’s important. Mike needs our prayers.


3 posted on 03/08/2012 6:27:48 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: marktwain

Our prayers go out to Mike.


4 posted on 03/08/2012 6:37:36 AM PST by Upstate NY Guy
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Prayers up for Mike Vanderboegh.

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5 posted on 03/08/2012 6:48:02 AM PST by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: marktwain

Prayers!


6 posted on 03/08/2012 7:06:46 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: MestaMachine

Prayers up!


7 posted on 03/08/2012 7:17:18 AM PST by Silentgypsy
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To: MestaMachine

They aren’t trying to kill him off. They’re evaluating his cardiac function so that they can optimize it w/the appropriate meds pre-, intra-, and post-operatively.


8 posted on 03/08/2012 7:20:14 AM PST by Silentgypsy
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To: marktwain

Prayers up...


9 posted on 03/08/2012 7:33:01 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: MestaMachine

Prayers up for an incredibly brave American patriot!


10 posted on 03/08/2012 8:05:59 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: marktwain
Well at least he's announced what is going on. It might be safer to do so in the long run.

I'll gladly pray for a safe, successful surgery and recovery.
A mere moment of time in the overall picture.

11 posted on 03/08/2012 8:14:51 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Silentgypsy

I know. May G-d bless him with a long and productive life.


12 posted on 03/08/2012 9:44:04 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: marktwain

Prayers Up.


13 posted on 03/08/2012 11:01:57 AM PST by pabianice (")
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To: MestaMachine

Done.


14 posted on 03/08/2012 4:10:44 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: marktwain

I was just thinking how much I hated being in the hospital even for relatively minor gall bladder surgery.

I don’t pray nearly as often as I should but I will remember Mike tonight. We are all pulling for you.


15 posted on 03/08/2012 4:58:43 PM PST by yarddog
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