My Poop Sinks

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d stitch together the words “My Poop Sinks” in a sentence, but there you have it right in front of you in print. There is an explanation coming but first let me seed your thoughts with a birthday wish.

My Birthday Wish

In a few short weeks, on Monday, October 25th., I will celebrate my 68th. birthday. My hope is that I will be able to say this many more times in the future but only God knows if that’s in the cards. With that said, I do have a request for what I’d like you to gift me in 2021.

It is no secret that I have been a long-time contributor at Canadian Blood Services. It started twenty years ago when the clinic was setup on the campus of Dalhousie University after 9/11. In the early days, I gave whole blood which men can donate every 53 days. As a regular giver, I was asked to consider switching to plasma as there is a greater need in Canada.

By the way, not enough people donate blood, plasma, and platelets for Canada to be self-sufficient. In this wonderfully rich country with a pretty healthy population, we still need to purchase products from other countries to meet the ongoing demand. I understand that approximately 3% of the eligible adult population donates blood, and of these donors, many give blood only once a year. That is a sad comment on our generosity and taking care of each other. It is in you to give and the only cost is a bit of your time. Most people I know say they’d like to give but many don’t follow through and book an appointment; intentions don’t fill the Canadian blood banks. What goes around can come around; you might find yourself unable to get a life-saving transfusion in the future if we don’t get more fellow Canadians giving regularly.

Although I am no longer able to donate because of my cancer, I did rack up 343 donations over the years and I am very proud to know that over the years, my contributions have saved a countless number of lives.

I ask that you schedule an appointment and donate blood between now and my birthday on October 25th. When making the donation, mention you are there as a way to gift me on my birthday. It would be more special if you commit to giving regularly. Please use the link below to arrange to donate. It is a feel-good activity and you’ll make me proud to know you’ve done your part.

https://myaccount.blood.ca/en/term/appointment-booking

My Poop Sinks

Pancreatic enzymes help break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates. A normally functioning pancreas secretes about 8 cups of pancreatic juice into the duodenum, daily. This fluid contains pancreatic enzymes to help with digestion and bicarbonate to neutralize stomach acid as it enters the small intestine.

Pancreative Cancer Action Network

So back to the selection of the title, “My Poop Sinks.” As I suspect you know, it recently surfaced that my pancreas is in a state of atrophy. It is not diseased with cancer. It’s simply shrunk and is no longer producing the enzymes needed to break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

Consequently, the natural process of these enzymes helping with digestion is not working so although all I eat is passing through my GI, my nutritional needs are not being satisfied and this accounts for my weight loss and failure to drag my weight above 54.4 kg (120 lbs.).

As with other people in my predicament, I have started to orally ingest enzymes just before eating to have them floating around my GI in advance of food reaching my intestines to be ingested (reminder – in case you don’t know, I do not have a stomach so my GI is not as efficient as it used to be).

When poop floats, it is a sign is is loaded with fats. When it sinks, it indicates the enzymes are breaking down the fats in my diet which implies the proteins and carbohydrates are being processed as well. I will be able to better absorb the food entering my GI better and see my weight start to increase.

Here’s hoping!

As always, I think God for holding my hand and providing the courage I need to face this miserable disease. And I thank you for continuing to be wonderful support pillars and motivate me daily to keep up the battle.

Peace, Love, and Laughter
Phil XOXO

6 Replies to “My Poop Sinks”

  1. In regards to the blood donation, consider that done. Thank you for the kind reminder.
    In terms of the poop 🙂 I’m happy for you.
    Love you Phil xoxo

  2. Hey Phil, thanks for the great update. I had to do a double take when I first saw the title. For a second I thought it read “stinks”! Alas I cleaned my glasses and carried on reading. That is good news though Phil.
    I too used to give blood regularly when as a young sailor. I used to go to the blood donor clinics regularly in my youth however in the late 90s when my health issues starting popping up I was put on various medications that have increased over the years. By being on these meds I was disqualified from donating and it hurt for a while. I realized that fate has its own plan. So yes I totally agree with you that it is really incumbent upon us to donate valuable blood – if your able. I will however encourage my friends to do so as a gift to you my friend. Stay tuff old friend.

    1. Always such a joy to hear from you. Here’s hoping many of my friends start giving blood and create a pattern of doing so. There are lots of folks, like you, who the risk of giving is too high. CBS is pretty good at identifying folks like; often when they’re not even aware they have issues.

      Peace, Love, and Laughter my Friend,
      Phil

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