I have good progress to share.
All I’m getting from Ivy now is nutritional fluids and blood thinners. Based on the most recent blood work, they have the right mix in my blood thinner; the goal is dissolve the blood clots but if my blood gets too thin and I cut myself, I might bleed more than I should. It is find the right balance.
The drain in my nose came out today. It attaches to a vacuum on the wall and randomly clicked on from time to time. The other end was about 50 cm down inside my intestines. It’s been removing blood and other body fluids which normally go in the other direction. With that out, it doesn’t take so long to disconnect for a bathroom break or a walk. Nice to have that umbilical cord removed.
I still have a small drain in my side. It’s a little bulb and removes blood from around my incision. It doesn’t fill anymore and is scheduled to come out tomorrow (Friday).
Most of my dressings are gone now including my incision. Things heal faster when exposed to the air. There are a lot of staples in the incision which runs from my belly button to breastbone. I expected it to look gross but it’s okay. It looks about as good as any sew job I’ve done.
Tomorrow (Friday), I have a Barium Test. I swallow a fluid that is easy to see on an x-ray. It will show if there are any leaks at the joins where a section of my small intestine replaces my stomach and attaches to what remains of my esophagus.
This was a terrifying rollercoaster ride and my emotions have been all over the map. It helps to be in the care of brilliant health professionals. No one can fully prepare for the enormity of this experience. Should you ever find yourself in my shoes, wrap yourself in the care and company of family and friends. They lift you up and carry you safely over the worst hurdles. This is not an adventure to do solo.
I have the added advantage of God holding my hand. Faith is powerful and never fails.
As always, thank you for being at my side. Your support proved crucial to helping me reach this point of healing and recovery.
Peace, Love and Laughter – Phil ❤️💪👍🙏