Today I went to Orlando for my second modified barium swallow. I’ve been dreading it for the past two weeks because last time I choked so bad I was dry heaving. Surprisingly, this time I didn’t choke. But I also couldn’t swallow. The speech pathologist said I have good muscle control and good airway protection, but my esophagus is completely blocked by scar tissue so the food has nowhere to go. Hopefully, that can be fixed, but it may require several surgeries.
Normally when I hear the word “surgery” I cringe, but this time I felt like jumping for joy. I haven’t had anything to eat or drink since September and maybe, finally, we can get the ball rolling so I can get rid of this feeding tube and try to get back to normal.
Each surgery will require two surgeons: an ENT who will work from the top down (down my throat); and a thoracic surgeon who will work from the bottom up (through my feeding tube). A week after each surgery I’ll go back for another barium swallow to check progress. I may have to have a nasogastric tube (a tube that goes through the nose and down into the stomach) in between surgeries to keep the esophagus from closing again. That will definitely be unpleasant, but I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get my life back.
For now I wait for the thoracic surgeon’s office to call and schedule me an appointment to see him before they can schedule my surgery. The speech pathologist told me to call her if I don’t hear anything in the next few days.
That’s it for now. Thanks for reading my blog. If you’d like to help me with my battle with cancer, please go to https://www.youcaring.com/julie-mears-henry-495041.