30th April 2020
I’m back in Gloucester Royal for the final job to be done, prior to treatment commencing.
I was booked in by my care team. A couple of days earlier, Laura my specialist dietician called me to outline the what and why.
The ‘what’ is a PEG stands for percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, a procedure in which a flexible feeding tube is placed through the abdominal wall and into the stomach. PEG allows nutrition, fluids and/or medications to be put directly into the stomach, bypassing the mouth.
The why is because I’ll have to take fluid feed directly into my stomach, for the times when I’m unable to eat by mouth.
Laura continues… ‘I don’t want you losing weight, Warren, you must maintain weight to close a possible to where you are now’
‘Do you have the correct notes with my name on? I ask…
‘ I’m 20 stones as it is and was hoping this condition of mine might knock a few more off, without much effort from me’ I’ll be happy around 100kg and a six-pack. Well, even a 12 pack at a push.
No way she says – I want you on blue top milk (full fat) and good protein, carbs and all.
I think this is going to be a bigger struggle than fighting the cancer 🙁
Anyway, I digressed.
So I’m under the care of Dr Li for this procedure just done under sedation. Pop the tube down the throat all the way to the stomach. Then poke a hole into the stomach from the outside, pull through and tie in a nice bow. Or something like that 😉
I used a body double – my photos are x-rated
The way to a mans’s heart…
That’s perfect for me – my lovely wife Samros certainly knows how feed me with amazing tastes she conjures up, but Peggy to the peg might just have the edge when the going gets a bit tough.
Friday 1st May 2020
I get a phone call from the Radiology team. They can program my treatment earlier than expected – can I came in to Cheltenham Oncology on Monday 4th for my first treatment.
Yep – I’m up and ready for this – just bring Larry the Lump on. He’s in for a shock when he sees the team in my corner…