For those of you following my father-in-law’s health, here’s an update. The doctors noticed some internal bleeding and deduced one of his ulcers was perforated. They decided to operate to remove them ulcers.
Good thing, too. They found that both ulcers were perforated. But one of them had perforated next to the gall bladder and the gall bladder basically plugged the perforation, preventing what would have been near fatal internal bleeding.
While they were in there, they found that the calcification they saw in an x-ray on his appendix was actually a large villous adenoma that had inverted his appendix into his lower intestine, causing a significant obstruction. Of course they removed that too. Four hours later he was in the ICU recovering. This morning he was actually sitting up in a chair, something he has’t done in a week, for sure. He’s likely to be out of ICU to a regular ward in 5 days or so and they expect significant recovery after that.
Tici is seriously relieved. As she puts it, now we just have to heal him from the surgery. All the unknown factors, like how to get rid of the ulcers, are out of the way.
We’ll be in Malawi in a couple days and expect to dash from the airport to the hotel where the coach line stops to catch the 12:30 bus to Blantyre.
In Charlottesville, Virginia (US) till tomorrow: