12/5/20001 It's December. Hard to believe that we are 14 months
post diagnosis and still on the right side of the dirt! My thanks
go out to all of you, my gentle readers, for you patience and
the many, many kind e-mails I have received concerning this web
page and my health. No, I am not bowing out of the duties required
to keep this web page going, but thought it a good point to say
Merry Christmas and a joyous Holiday season to all.
Other than that, not much going on right now. Getting stronger
every day and my weight is up to 155 pounds! When Dr. Yaffe walked
into the examining room his first comment was "You're getting
fat!" I no longer have that gaunt, haggard look I had for
the first couple of months after surgery. Still a shadow of my
former self, but I might get up to 170 pounds which, I think,
would be a good weight.
I'll update the page after I have the barium swallow and the CT scan. Keep your fingers crossed that the news remains good!
12/29/2001 Haven't updated the page in a couple weeks, so here goes. At this time everything looks good! Barium swallow and CT scan all came back normal (well, as normal as anything can be considering my new internal layout!) We didn't expect the barium swallow to show anything unusual and it didn't. Dr. Kolla remarked that things pass through my stomach very quickly and that's probably why laying down for a few minutes after eating seems to make the digestive process easier. The CT scan is always scary since if anything ugly is goiing to show up, this is the place it will make itself known. Again, everything is normal! Dr. Yaffe doesn't want to see me again until April. I need to make an appointment to see Dr. Moore in January.
We spent Christmas with Candace's family in Ohio and a wonderful time it was! We stayed with her Mom in Columbus, visited her sister in Lancaster, Ohio (where we have our future retirement homesite) and then drove up to Cleveland to see her brother Mel, sisters Mandy and Gretchen. Lots of great food and good conversation!
I am going to stop the monthly updates as we move into 2002 (and you better believe I am VERY happy to get out of 2001 alive!) and just have a single page for the year. Medically, not much is happening and I really hope to keep it that way.
We wish all the gentle readers of this web site a most wonderful 2002.