I got back from Albany around 6pm (another 12 hr day). I’m still a bit groggy but feeling good overall. As planned, I want to give a shout to my little grand-nephew Evan: “Yay! I did it!”
New finding: the right IJ vein was 80% shut down and was opened without problem or pain. Other veins checked: azygous and vertebral and they were all good. Yay, me!! Then there was an unexpected result: My left IJ that was cleared last month was found to be partially restenosed. I guess last time I had two sections that were bad in the IJ…lower section was 80% closed and the section above it was 100% closed. It was ballooned then (no wonder it was so painful!); this time Dr. M wasn’t willing to chance ballooning it again and pretty much declared it a dead zone. The good news: collateral veins opened up to circumvent the damaged section of vein and flow is okay just not as good as it should be. Sort of like a detour off of Rt 81 through a busy section of Rt 11….)
Now anyone who has had this procedure done goes through periods when the thought comes to them, “What if this vein closes up again?” I was no exception, and those thoughts came with a vengeance when I had some ‘down days’ attributed to other issues. I maintained a much higher level of activity and energy, and balance and cognition issues were greatly diminished during the whole time. BUT there have been times in the past couple of weeks when I’d hear squeaking sounds in my left ear; I thought I was swallowing air or something, but now I wonder if that was the sound of collateral veins opening??? I asked the doctor and he said that ‘we are so far ahead of the learning curve that we just don’t know’. Apparently, so far, there have only been some 3000 or so liberations done around the world! I’m super proud to have had this chance to be one of them!