When I first met Dr. Soulen treatment felt like such a long way off. Before I knew it Nancy was driving me home from my Microwave Ablation Tuesday night.
I have two small puncture wounds on my right side where the needles went into my liver. With each day there is less pain, and I am healing well. One odd thing is that the symptoms I feel now (difficulty taking a deep breath, and pain in my right shoulder) are the exact symptoms I had when first diagnosed in May of 2016. As my liver slowly heals I am feeling better. I feel much better today than I did when I first came home Tuesday night.
The procedure itself was a blur. I went into a prep room where I had two IV lines put in and got to meet my anesthesiologist. As he talked about the upcoming procedure we got sidetracked. He had questions about what it was like to be a pastor and I liked his pen. I have ordered some new pens which should be arriving shortly. Nancy just sat there with a dazed look upon her face as Joe and I carried on as if nothing significant was about to happen. I found our conversation very relaxing.
A few minutes later I was walked back to the room where the procedure was completed. After a few minutes of getting things set up I had a mask put over my face and that is the last thing I remember.
As I woke up in the recovery room I was told everything went great. I have a follow up appointment in about a month. We will do scans and bloodwork before the appointment to be sure that the treatment has accomplished what we desired.