Feb 08, 2014 - 3:15 pm
Hi - Glenn here. I'm new to the site...as a participant at least.
Diagnosed 5 months ago with S3N1 EC...had nine weeks relatively trouble-free chemo, then just under three weeks ago had esophagectomy at Brisbane's (Australia) Mater Private.
Had a few early hiccups (flirted with pneumonia, nasal gastric tube re-inserted) but since then things have mostly gone well. I've been home five days and am eating five or six small meals a day with only modest discomfort - some bloating but now very little reflux. From what i've read here, this seems like a good result.
One thing that's thrown me (I should have asked my doc, I know, but forgot completely) was why, if my new 'stomach' is now sitting in my upper chest, why is it that my wound distension is all in the area of where I perecived my old stomach to sit - in other words, just above my belly button.
This is also the area where i'm tending to get any bloating/build-up of gas, should I end up ingesting anything inappropriate (last night I got caught with this - some toasted pita bread to accompany some mushroom soup....didn't agree with me at all!).
Be interested in your feedback.