Today I had an initial meeting with Palliative Care Team of the Nova Scotia Health Authority. I will have more so say on that in a future post once I have time to digest all the new information I got today.
During today’s meeting I learned that my pancreas is shriveled and appears to be in a state of atrophy. “During digestion, your pancreas makes pancreatic juices called enzymes. These enzymes break down sugars, fats, and starches. Your pancreas also helps your digestive system by making hormones. These are chemical messengers that travel through your blood.” In the image to the right, the yellow organ is the pancreas. Mine doesn’t look like that right now and it is not providing the enzymes I need to adequately digest the food I’m consuming. In fact, it sounds live pancreatic atrophy is not reversible but there is an alternative.
Just before starting to write this post, I had a shower. When I got out I stepped on the scales. My weight today is 54.3 kg (119.7 lbs.). Then I headed into the bathroom to pull up my brand new Old Navy Boys XL boxer shorts. There’s not much in my underwear drawer that will stay up on its own anymore. On the upside, the price of boys clothing is about half of adult sizes with a pretty good selection. I would have preferred Under Armor but I’ve already cleaned out everything they had in Boys XL. That is not trending in the right direction and clearly a cause for concern.
The good news is that there is no cancer in my pancreas. The better news is that I can take a pill before eating which will provide the enzymes I need to break down sugars, fats, and starches such that my digestive track can absorb food better.
I expect to start on these enzymes by the weekend. It just depends on the turn-around time at my pharmacy which has been excellent to this point so I don’t expect any delays.
I see this as very good news. Here’s hoping I can start packing on the weight again. With luck, here’s hoping I can fill out the saggy skin that hangs off my chest. It would be nice to look human again! Perhaps I’ll be able to start light workouts soon to rebuild some muscle on my arms. I have my fingers crossed.
So this is only a short post but I’m pretty exciting to learn I may be able to turn my weight loss around. I needed to share this with you, my loyal support pillars. I continue to be motivated to keep up the battle having you in my corner and God holding my hand to give me the courage I need to move forward.
Peace, Love, and Laughter