Some time ago I had to go to the hospital.
Due to a genetic mutation I have an extremely high risk to get (and die
from) a particular nasty kind of stomach-cancer. To prevent the getting
and dying part, I decided to have my stomach removed (a total
gastroectomy). Because this runs in the family I have seen what it can
do to someone and what happens when the stomach gets removed. I’ve had
five family-members before me, and two after me having the same procedure.
One can live without a stomach, it just takes time to adjust.
It has taken a bit more time than I expected, though, but I’ll manage.
Due to complications I had to stop taking my rheumatoid arthritis
medication for a while, which caused it to flame up. I have started them
again and now have to wait for things to calm down again, which takes a
month or two.
Dealing with this consumes a lot of time (which I have plenty off) and
energy (which unfortunately, I have very little off), and I try to still
do fun stuff. My RA tends to flame up during winter so I suspect I have
a bumpy ride ahead of me still. During this time my fridge has started
to act up, something I do not want as the lack of stomach acid also
means I have far less protection against evil germs in food. Luckily I
saw it as an opportunity to channel my creativity into designed a new
area for my fridge and pantry (with drawers, yay!).
I have found ways to boost my energy a little, so I plan to do more fun
stuff (and update my poor blog a bit more cough). I’ll probably post
random content, of anything that keeps me busy, and drawings where
possible. The RA makes drawing uncomfortable and I don’t want to see
drawing as something painful, I have to limit it for now.
So, who has the stomach for some horror-surgery-stories?
I just couldn’t help myself!