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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A stitch in time

My stitches came out today. They were the metal wires binding my stomach to the inner skin area surrounding the puncture that holds my stomach feeding tube. Just a few snips and they were out.

The stomach G-tube, as it is called, is much more comfortable now. And though it leaks, on occasion, there are ways to minimize problems. Some tips from the nurses who handle such things: Small elastic medical gloves contain any of the seepage. A plastic clamp. Even a custom necklace that can hook to the thing to keep it above the opening. Not bad.

Stitches also were removed from an incision used to place the "port" and that also went smoothly.

So now I am poised to fight the great fight; to do battle with a microscopic enemy I didn't even know had invaded my body until a month ago, or less. I know I will win this war. Losing is not an option.

2 comments:

cynthia m . said...

Keith,
What an attitude to display! Dee Maret gave me this blog site so here I am. My wife Cynthia also is undergoing radiation having finished chemo series for breast cancer. I won't add to your e-mail concerns but I am here at chead@tampabay.rr.com.
Your friend,
JimHead

Keith W. Kohn said...

Jim,

It is so great to hear from you. I am sending you a separate email but wanted to say Hi on here. Thanks to Dee for passing this along.

kk