Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Yesterday I picked up a bunch of supplements and an herbal formula that Paul prescribed. It's a ton of pills to take, most of them I have to take a few times a day. One of them (Butyrate) smells exactly like Parmesan cheese. Another one (Pancreatic Enzymes) is already helping me digest. The herbs taste gross but healthy, this one I sip throughout the day.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Eating and digesting haven't been going so well. I think my system wasn't ready for some of the foods I've tried. On Friday I saw a Chinese Medicine practitioner who gave me a lot of great suggestions on things to eat to help heal my system and prepare me for the next round of chemotherapy which starts in three weeks. One of these was congee. He also did some acupuncture which was very relaxing.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
My digestive system is adjusting to not having a stomach. One thing that happens is called Dumping Syndrome where food just skips through to my small intestine without much digesting first. It causes cramps. This is supposed to get better over time but certain foods are better than others. Yesterday I had avocado on toast from Blue Ribbon Bakery with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Ruby made mung bean dal, with jasmine rice, cilantro chutney and raita for Myrna, Goldie, Phil and I. Eating is going OK, but I need to learn to reduce my portion size to accommodate my new digestive system, I get hiccups after eating which are uncomfortable. The place where they cut me open is healing, stitches come out on Wednesday.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Yesterday I ate "soft food". Carrots, tiny chicken pieces, mashed potatoes, a slice of bread and some apple sauce. Ruby and Ford were there while the doctors removed the tubes from my abdomen that had been collecting fluid. It hurt. After that I was released from the hospital.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
After you have your stomach taken out, you're on IV fluid for a while before you can try food. I started yesterday with some chicken broth. It was about a week since the surgery, the longest I've ever gone without eating. Next, I'll try some some soft food, and if that works, they'll release me from the hospital. I've gotten lots of flowers, cards and visitors which makes me feel very loved. Thank you.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
I'm recovering from surgery in the hospital. They took out my stomach (and spleen and part of my pancreas which I guess is no big deal) and I'm healing well. Tony, Kim, Maple and I watched Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest yesterday for July Fourth on ESPN.