Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Biopsy Or Not?

So, my wife just got a call from the hospital; Arthur came through the feeding tube surgery ok, though for good measure they are going to charge us for an additional blood test (we don't know how much yet) b/c they tested his blood clotting to see if he would bleed too much. That means the feeding tube procedure all by itself will have cost well over $1,100.

Liz will be picking up Arthur in a couple of hours and will receive food and instructions at that time. However, they already told her that we need to get his liver test redone in just 2 days. If the test does not show significant improvement on Friday (less than 48 hours from now!), they are saying they would like to do a liver biopsy.

A liver biopsy would involve cutting him open at very significant cost (if a feeding tube is $1,100, and a couple of blood tests is $3,200, what do you think open chest surgery is - $10,000?) so unfortunately I think the hospital is "rooting" for this outcome. The biopsy would, we guess, determine whether he has cancer or not, but if he does, it doesn't sound like much can be done.

My question: Is less than 48 hours enough time to see the kind of improvement they are looking for? If the test numbers come back the same or worse on Friday, should I go along with their biopsy, ask for more time, or go for a second opinion somewhere that has no association with this hospital?

4 comments:

Brian said...

I wish I knew what to tell you, but I don't. My sisters and I are purring for your sweet Arthur.

ABBY said...

I am keeping all of you in my prayers and I hope that you receive good news on Arthur.

Kari said...

We wish we could offer you some advise. We will pray and purr that God will grant you the wisdom to make the best choice for Arthur.

Kari said...

We wish we could offer you some advise. We will pray and purr that God will grant you the wisdom to make the best choice for Arthur.