Wednesday, March 11, 2009

You win some, you lose some. That is the story of my medical visits this week.

Tuesday I went to the dentist. This was scary. The hygienist had told me they had had patients lose half their teeth undergoing radiation treatment like mine. And during the dark ages of November and December tooth brushing and flossing were not at the top of my to do list.

So it was a big surprise to learn that I had no cavities. I attribute that to the tube feeding. Evidently no food meant no cavities.

Today I went to my GI doctor about stretching my esophagus.

I learned that I have such a severe constriction that he can't do it in one procedure. I will have to go in three or four times to stretch it gradually.

The procedure will to done at the hospital under sedation but not general anesthesia.

The doctor will be gone next week so I have the first session on the 24th.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Emma had a school assignment to pick a historical figure that she would like to interview and write out ten questions she would ask the person.

She chose Theodore Roosevelt.

This got us around the supper table thinking about whom we would choose.

Julia said she would chose our great grandmother Sally Bray.

I said I would choose our great-grandfather Robert Anderson Webb who fought in the Civil War all the way to the end and was in Lee's Army at Appomattox.

George spoke up and asked, "Would you ask him 'Do you like slavery?'"

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Today I went to the ENT guy. As I expected, I need my esophagus stretched. The degree of constriction is called moderately severe.

Next week I have an appointment with the GI doctor who will do the stretching.

Also I have an appointment to have my teeth cleaned. I dread this. Radiation treatment causes some people to lose half their teeth.

I was told to brush my teeth four times a day. I spent 10 weeks curled in a ball hoping to die. Do you think I brushed my teeth four times a day. I didn't open my mouth four times a day.

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