Keep Calm and Carry On was a slogan produced by the British government in 1939 during World War II. It was intended to raise the morale of the British public but was never used. A poster sporting the slogan was recently rediscovered in 2000. There are only two known surviving examples of the original poster.
Last Sunday I drove Steve to the hospital where he had his drain re-stitched into the deep tissue of his stomach. I attempted to mentally prepare both Steve and I for this ordeal with the possibility of the procedure being quick and unproblematic but my efforts were fruitless.
Because the drain is threaded inside Steve’s small intestines his doctors needed to ensure its proper placement and that meant forcing the inch of tube that had wondered out to be pushed back in. Pain is an understatement. Also in order to guarantee successful anchoring without future prospects of the tube coming unstitched, the drain needed to be stitched to a deeper portion of tissue rather than surface skin. The down side, is that they are only able to appropriately numb the top layer of skin, nothing deeper. I held the tube vertical so the doctor could accurately aim his needle and thread and at one point the surgeon’s needle went so deep under the surface of Steve’s stomach that he was unable to pull it through to the other side. After three hours of torment we went home.
Once Steve’s body recovered from the shock of the procedure he continued to gain strength throughout the week. Due to our impromptu hospital visit his CT was moved to May 13th. The tube is located with the hopes of it creating scar tissue so when removed there will be a self-made canal inside his small intestines connecting the remaining pancreas to his intestines. Those are the hopes. The doctors told us searching online for any symptoms Steve might be experiencing is pointless because this surgery has never been attempted before. I guess at this point all we can do is keep calm and carry on.
Keeping it real. Real hoopty, that is.
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