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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A day away from Botox

Well, about a day from now I'll be waking up from my snooze during the endoscopy and Botox injection(s) into my pyloric valve.

I spoke with Dr. Philip Styne yesterday, Tuesday, to get a couple of questions answered. First one, I was eating wrong on Monday. I shouldn't have had anything but clear liquids, so the yogurt and pudding were not correct.

Yesterday I corrected myself and had only clear liquids, though I was permitted to have chicken noodle soup. I had a lot of chicken noodle soup.

I also asked more about the procedure. For example, this is not done often. The goal is to loosen muscles of the pylorus so food will flow more often from the stomach to the small intestines. Right now this flow is spotty. The Botox will knock out the nerves controlling the pylorus for a while.

Dr. Styne and Dr. Joseph Boyer, my surgeon, want to see how long it will last before another Botox shot is needed, or even whether it works at all. If it works and lasts a while, I'm likely in for another procedure or two down the road. If it works but does not last all that long, surgery might be the answer.


I also found out that the Botox just numbs out the nerves, but does not kill them as I suspected. That was good news, as I didn't really want to deal with any form of death in my body. Had enough of that.

So here I am, typing and sipping my cup of tea. Mmm, breakfast. For lunch I will have either chicken or vegetable broth, and then the same for dinner at work.

But I can't wait for my breakfast on Thursday -- about a day from now.

Hello, Too Jays.

1 comment:

Jamie S. said...

Good luck tomorrow!