Almost one month since my esophageal resection surgery, and the rate of recovery is slow but steady. My insides are still sore, but not bad. I can walk (still less than a mile), visit (a few hours a day), and talk (you’d think I was all better… but afterwards I’m drained). Lisa and I have had an eclectic stream of visitors ranging from current dear friends, to very important persons who were incredibly significant in our lives. Some that we haven’t spoken to in years or even decades. And each one feels like a gift from the universe.
Learning to eat again is the longest road on this journey, and it’s different for everyone. It can take a few months or a year. The big milestone will be when I no longer have to eat through a J-tube. That seriously sucks, but is totally necessary. And you do get used to it.
Luckily for me, it’s looking like I could be on the good side of that range. My surgeon says I’m on track for feeding tube removal in late July.
We started with just sips of water. Then clear liquids like chicken broth. Now I’m eating baby food. Think puréed chicken and peas, mashed potatoes with lots of butter and gravy, and vanilla ice cream. The goal is to get as many calories in as possible, not lose weight, and gradually lessen the tube feedings. And with my new innards, I can only eat a handful, six times a day.
Meanwhile I’ve begun missing the podcast, and my weekend radio show at The Pike in Worcester, which is a good sign. I’m gaining more energy. It’s time to set a date to return.
It means the world to me that we have a great comedic improv group, that adheres to a standard I wish there was more of in media. We can be edgy, but kind and respectful. We can disagree, but playfully. Never divisive, always seeking common ground. We can even cuss once in awhile, but never in anger. No topic is off limits, and empathy is our secret weapon.
So on June 16, 2022 we’re back. From Las Vegas, Seattle, Detroit, and Boston.
As always, we’re all grateful for your time and friendship. If you listen, you are part of our family. Your ideas and comments are always welcome and appreciated.