Sunday, February 7, 2010

What's Next...

Up next for me is total parenteral nutrition or TPN is basically tube feeding on a short term basis. Well technically next is a endoscopy (tube w/ camera down my throat) & colonoscopy (tube w/ camera up my bum). I hope they don't try to save $$ by using the same tube. I'm going to request that they do my endoscopy first just in case ;-)

It will be a busy week here in Mimiville. Monday 2/8 Jack gets his braces put on, Tuesday I have an appointment with my regular physician and I have to have lots of blood drawn. Wednesday the colon & endoscopy, Thursday they placement of a peripherally inserted central catheter or PIC line which will go in my shoulder into a vein and down into an artery. This will leave an outlet that I will hook up my TPN or bag of liquid nutrients that will be used to get my body strong enough so it can try to heal itself.

None of this will heal my gastroparesis, but I will hopefully have enough energy to feel much better.

As a side note I'm a little worried about the amount of calories in this TPN. I grew up with a mom who was overweight and always trying to diet and the second half of my adult life has been that way. I know it's not healthy to lose 40+ pounds in 2 months, but I have an actual waist for the first time in years and I'm so much skinnier! Now obviously this isn't my first priority, but if I have to have a condition where I will never be hungry again, I should at least get to be skinny, don't you think?

I'll keep you all updated & hopefully get around to your blogs to say hi soon.

12 comments:

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

OUCH! None of that sounds like fun. I will be saying extra prayers for you this week. Glad to know you haven't lost your sense of humor, though!

Rachael said...

I totally know where you're coming from not to gain back all the weight! It's a little bit like how when I was so sick and throwing up all the time I was hoping I'd lose weight even though I was pregnant, because at least then I'd have SOMETHING to show for being sick!

In any case, it sounds very crazy there. I hope that all goes well with your procedures.

slommler said...

I so hear you on the skinny hopes!! And that you don't want to gain makes total sense to me. What you are going through doesn't sound fun at all! But since it is liquid, it shouldn't cause weight gain! I will be praying for you sweetie!
Hugs
SueAnn

slommler said...

I so hear you on the skinny hopes!! And that you don't want to gain makes total sense to me. What you are going through doesn't sound fun at all! But since it is liquid, it shouldn't cause weight gain! I will be praying for you sweetie!
Hugs
SueAnn

blueviolet said...

Well, I do agree that if you have to have a side effect....skinny would be a nice one!

I hope they get you all fixed up and feeling better!

Carolina said...

Ooo and ouch and oh dear and poor you. Having a waist however is a nice side effect. But personally I'd rather diet.

Sooooo... you should watch this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBMsPNI6EZE

It is hilarious!

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

My prayers are with you. Keep us posted on how you are doing.

Sara said...

Good thoughts and prayers!

SE said...

Eeek you're very busy and none of it sounds fun :( Hope it all goes okay.

SE x

He & Me + 3 said...

Girl I hope they get all this squared away for you...wow 40 + pounds that is awesome. I would love to lose some weight.

Joy said...

Oh honey, I am sending lots of virtual hugs your way. And yes, if a weight loss comes out of it, so be it.

Emily@MarvelousRecipes.net said...

Just want you to be well even if you aren't skinny but I totally understand your wanting to keep the "skinny". I have struggled with my weight all my life and if I lost 40 pounds, I wouldn't want to regain it either! Please get better even if you do gain a few pounds. A lot of people love you skinny or otherwise! :)