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.