Feb 14, 2014 - 6:32 pm
On Wednesday, I got the go-ahead to eat ANYTHING I WANT! This is after the total laryngectomy and rebuilt esophagus. I was on PEG tube feedings before going in the hospital, and on continuous feed since then. So, I went from continuous feed right to REAL FOOD!
Food is so delicous. It has been a long time. I have to watch it though - as I am sure my stomach shrunk in the last 6 weeks - and I don't want it to get too big, because I can still stand to lose another 50-60 pounds.
But, the food is REAL GOOD!
Some food takes a little longer to get down, and liquids are actually harder to swallow now. But, today I had fried chicken and a piece of pizza (not all at the same meal). YUMMY!
What is weird, is I cannot choke on my food anymore. But, my mind doesn't realize that yet, so if it feels like the food is not going down right away, I start coughing. Then, I cover my mouth - oops - that doesn't do anything anymore when I cough. After 51 years, it is hard to get used to covering my neck.
Now, I reserve the right to return to the feeding tube if I have radiation (continuous feed if necessary).
But, in the meantime - I'm going to eat, eat, eat (well, small portions anyway)!
In case you didn't realize it, I'm very excited about eating (and not risking my life when I do so). Oh, and jellie bellies are good too! (my husband only gave me 3 of them).