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Firefighter Jon
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Firefighter Jon had dialtion Friday (the day of the big storm). He did well and when he ate noticed a big difference YA! It took forever to get home snow,traffic and all. Jon ate good Saturday little but no trouble. Sunday OK. Then Monday night he asperated a little but brought it under control.  Last night it was horriable. He has been coughing and bringing up bits of food. Sorry to be gross. We have no idea where it is coming from. Is it his stomach or lungs?  We have been up all night he has had nothing to eat or drink just keeps trying to bring stuff up. Please help need to know what to do

Bev and Firefighter Jon

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Hi Bev and Firefighter Jon,

I would suggest you call the surgeon, aspiration can be quite serious if not dealt with, it can lead to aspiration pneumonia.  I would think at this point another dilation may be in order and at the least an antibiotic should be ordered in case food or liquids did get into the lungs.  Aspiration pneumonia can hit rather quickly so if Jon spikes a fever or begins to feel any kind of pain, I suggest you make a trip to the ER post haste.

I think you are also Philadelphian natives, so I will introduce myself.  My husband is an EC survivor of T2N1M0, he had his chemo and radiation at PENN from June 2011 - August 2011.  He then had surgery at John Hopkins in September of 2011.  He is having his 18month scan soon, as of right now everything is going well.  He too had some swallowing troubles early in recovery as he had a paralyzed vocal chord.  He did fight off a pneumonia at the 6 month mark, we were in PENN for 4 days with that one.


Best of luck, and I suggest you call your surgeon ASAP,



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I agree with Niki on calling your surgeon.  A doctor can tell if it is gastric or pulmonary related. Either way it needs to be addressed.


paul61's picture
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Unfortunately reflux is a common problem for those of us who have had esophageal surgery. I assume Jon is sleeping in a inclined position.

 It does sound like the symptoms that Jon is having warrant a call to your GI physician (or whoever did the dilation). It is better to be safe than wait on issues like this.

 Best Regards,

Paul Adams

McCormick, South Carolina

DX 10/2009 T2N1M0  Stage IIB - Ivor Lewis Surgery  12/3/2009 - Post Surgery Chemotherapy 2/2009 – 6/2009

Cisplatin, Epirubicin, 5 FU - Three Year Survivor 

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