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Old 07-31-2010, 05:14 AM   #51
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The swallowing is going better now. Yesterday, in addition to a few ounces of water, I drank a whole Boost supplemental energy drink. That's 8 ounces right there. Today I might MIGHT try coffee.
My appetite is coming back, and those bananas on the counter are looking mighty tempting. I have an appointment on August 9 to get this feeding tube removed. We're trying to bump it up a few days earlier. Things are coming back.
The coffee went down well yesterday. I actually had just a little demi tasse cup (a shot glass for coffee/espresso), but it was enough to satisfy the taste buds. WE were able to get my appointment advanced for feeding tube removal to August 5. I'm ready so smash any and all swallowing tests. I'm still trying to plan out my reentry into the world of solid food. I don't know what to attack first, except to say that in the first 24 hours, a can of Pringles, a Coke, some wheat thins, chocolate chip cookies, and a glass of milk will be involved.

Return to the weight room looks like somewhere around August 19, give or take.
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Old 07-31-2010, 06:05 AM   #52
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:19 AM   #53
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I'm still trying to plan out my reentry into the world of solid food. I don't know what to attack first, except to say that in the first 24 hours, a can of Pringles, a Coke, some wheat thins, chocolate chip cookies, and a glass of milk will be involved.

Return to the weight room looks like somewhere around August 19, give or take.
That sounds like how I would re-enter. Your stomach might rebel, but at least your taste buds will rejoice.

How is your energy level currently?
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:22 AM   #54
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Old 07-31-2010, 12:31 PM   #55
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Thank you, swede. The last few days have been amazing. I can actually feel my mouth wake up. A week ago I was depressed, now I'm hopeful

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That sounds like how I would re-enter. Your stomach might rebel, but at least your taste buds will rejoice.

How is your energy level currently?
Which is why I'm going to put off solid food until I get home. It's about 80 miles from Rochester to here, and not many potty stops along the way.

Energy levels are pretty low right now. I haven't exactly made all my exercise (walking) goals. There's time to work on that though. Im still relying on the roxicet to help me sleep at night and that's only for about 4 hours or so until my stomach wakes me up. We're going out for a drive today, just to get the stank blowed off me. All in all though, things are looking up. I'm about to have a yogurt for lunch.


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Thank you, gaspers. It has been a long road, but the end is in sight.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:42 AM   #56
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Not much to report. I was able to get my appointment moved up to get my feeding tube removed. That should come out Thursday.

I spent about 4 hours in the local ER Saturday night due to some breathing issues and a fever. They took a chest x-ray to look for pneumonia (negative), and a CT scan to check for a blood clot in my lungs (also negative). I was given a nebulizer to get my breathing ubnder control. Other than that, I'm fine.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:10 AM   #58
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Thanks, Rich. I just can't wait to start eating with a fork again.
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Not much to report. I was able to get my appointment moved up to get my feeding tube removed. That should come out Thursday.

I spent about 4 hours in the local ER Saturday night due to some breathing issues and a fever. They took a chest x-ray to look for pneumonia (negative), and a CT scan to check for a blood clot in my lungs (also negative). I was given a nebulizer to get my breathing ubnder control. Other than that, I'm fine.
Hang in there Big V. I can't imagine going through a forced starvation diet like this.
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I want to lift. I want to SFW! But I realize that there's a lot of groundwork first. I need to get some mobility back in my neck and shoulders. I need to reestablish some aerobic capacity. I need to get my energy back (real food and a food processor should help). I need to get over my appearance (there's some swelling, some misshapennes, the "beard" looks hideous, but these are all temporary I'm sure). I look forward to the day when my hands are calloused and the trophy case is full.
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