Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I dislike posting unless I have an answer to the question, but I will make an exception here. For a period of time I have had trouble in keeping food down. It was sporadic and, to me, unpredictable. I would swallow and somewhere along the way it would get stuck. I'd would begin coughing and it would either free the obstruction or bring it back up, and I would swallow again and it would go down. I thought that I was becoming a cow, occasionally chewing her cud. But over time it has become worse and late Sunday night after returning from visiting my kids in Minneapolis for Christmas, I found that I could not keep down even one bite of mashed potatoes and pot roast. It was rather concerning as I had a hearing on Monday and I didn't want to be there light headed, but even Monday I could not keep the banana bread down unless I nibbled it--so not enough time to finish before the hearing began. Same thing during lunch break with a chicken pot pie. So I subsisted for the rest of the day on butter rum Lifesavers.
I emailed my oncologist late Sunday night about this and spoke with my daughter about it after I got out of the hearing. She thinks that the mediastinal tumor may be growing and pressing in on the esophagus. I emailed her thoughts to Dr. Martins, and he responded Monday evening that he agreed with Sarah and will be scheduling a endoscopy asap. If this proves out, I will have a stent inserted into my esophagus to open it up. In the meantime, I will dine on soups and smoothies and try to chew my cud contentedly.