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Posted Nov 03 2008 12:00am

After three hours at Bastyr, I got in the car and ate half of a turkey sandwich. Well….tried to eat half of a turkey sandwich. I took one bite and spent the next 15 minutes throwing up. My esophagus was reattached to my stomach during the partial gastrectomy. This area is still a bit swollen and food is getting stuck. I actually feel it in my throat but the problem is further down. Sometimes I can relax until it passes but quite often I have to throw up in order to correct the situation. This generally happens with the first bite or two of a meal and it happens once each day. Fun! sigh. So…

….today I met with my gastroenterologist. Dr. Yap is my favorite doctor. He’s very nice to talk to and very compassionate. We talked about the functional difficulties that I’m having and I’m now scheduled to have the opening between my esophagus and stomach stretched next Thursday, December 4th. I’ll check in to the hospital at 8 am and will get to go home around 11 am. We talked about dumping syndrome, too, but I’m already doing everything that I can to minimize those symptoms. This will slowly improve with time but, for now, eating is often followed by nausea, lightheadedness, sweating and heart palpitations…..and a nap.

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