A year and a half ago, my Dad was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.
And a year ago this week, he had one of the most complicated and intense surgeries ever.
The procedure is called THE WHIPPLE. I know, I know, it sounds harmless, right?
It should be called something like: THE BEASTMASTER or THE VORTEX OF FIRE or something else along those lines.
Doctors love their diagrams. One particular day, pre-surgery, we asked a doctor a question, and he answered it by drawing this:
I have no idea what the original question was, but the answer must have been "BANANA."
Before the procedure, they will show you pictures like these:
I prefer my own interpretation of the surgery, with my own diagrams.
The basic rules of THE WHIPPLE (In Brodi's mind) are threefold:
1. Anytime you find an organ, cut it in half. Remove the half that was closest to the pancreas.
2. Sew the remaining halves back together. Keep in mind, after THE WHIPPLE, the knee bone will no longer be connected to the thigh bone, except via the jawbone of an ass.
3. If you hear a loud BUZZ, or if the patient's nose turns red, you must start over.
Congratulations, Dad, on surviving! Happy Whipple-versary!