Jan 07, 2013 - 11:25 am
I had my Esophogectomy Nov 14th 2012. When I had my leak test it indicated that my stomach was slow to empty and they would just follow it and see how I did. I continued to wean myself off of J Tube feedings and tried really hard to make up the calories with food I started with 7 cans of formula a night. As I was able to begin eating, I reduced my formula intake through the J Tube and I could maintain with 2 cans of formula but would lose about a lb every 2 to 3 days when I stopped or reduced to just 1 can a day. I was not able to keep food down when I ate very much at all and it took a long time (hours) for the feeling to go away so I could eat another meal. I went back to MD Anderson Jan 4th in hopes of getting the J tube out but they left it in and will do this procedure first to see if it helps with maintaining the weight.
The Endo procedure tomorrow (Jan 8th) will inject Botox?? or something to relax the bottom part of my stomach to see if they can get it to empty into the intestine quicker which should allow me to eat more often. When I was diagnosed with EC I was around 265 to 269 lbs. I was 225 this morning.
I have been given the ok to start working half days again as tolerated. I can tailor my work to basically stay at a desk until I'm strong enough to do more. I think returning to do even a small amount of work will help me through the helpless feelings I get alot when I just sit around and ponder this thing.