I now have planned:
- appointment with my family doctor
- A CT scan
- A flexible sigmoidoscopy
- A Pre-operative Assessment
- A second consulation with the surgeon
- A date for surgery
All of those dates, except the surgery are in October. Looks like this might happen after all. Nice manly vertical scar below my belly button. Even though he's going to be taking out around 15cm of small intestine, that might have been done laproscopically. But detaching the fistula means at least a few stitches in the sigmoid colon as well, which means this will be an open surgery. It's possible that a small portion of the colon may need to go as well, it depends how the connection detaches. He judged it highly unlikely. But still a possibility.
Less than 1% chance of mortality. Less than 5% chance of a temporary stoma (i.e. a temporary external bag) due to anastomatosis. Other complications are unlikely.
All in all, I should be basically healthy, if a bit scrawnier, for Gallifrey in February.
I asked about a souvenir of the operation. He chuckled and said "you need more than the scar?" (It was a friendly statement; we got on okay.)
Though now I'm thinking of maybe doing some small ink near the scar when this is all done... I have a couple of interesting ideas.
Oh, and I'm just past 200 photos scanned. So, around 10%...