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#120522 08-17-2010 12:19 PM
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Well, the ENT wants me to go to either the Cleveland Clinic or UPMC in Pittsburgh for them to check out my jaw on both sides where the bone is dead and it is spreading. He thinks they, with new procedures, might be able to take just the dead bone out and rebuild that part of my jaw on both sides. He noticed my weight loss and mentioned a feeding tube but as usual with 1/3 of my stomache being wrapped around my Esophagus, I would need to have my stomache opened up and redo things in there for the tube. Damn, life is so much fun at times. LOL I will let him make the appointment with Cleveland or UPMC about going for just the dead bone replacement, but might hesitate on the tube surgery. I guess we learn to walk one step at a time before we can run. I also had a message about the Anneurysm catScan and talked to the Drs nurse and she is setting up the Scan so the Dr knows just what is going on there. I often wonder what it would be like to have the everyday type of surgery. LOL If there is such a thing.


Since posting this. UPMC, Pittsburgh, Oct 2011 until Jan. I averaged about 2 to 3 surgeries a week there. w Can't have jaw made as bone is deteroriating steaily that is left in jaw. Mersa is to blame. Feeding tube . Had trach for 4mos. Got it out April.
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Hey Jim! Haven't been on here in awhile so am catching up. I don't think there's such a thing as "everyday type" of surgery anymore. However, I think it's wonderful that they are coming out with newer and better procedures so I'm hopeful that the one your ENT is thinking of works out great for you. As always, I love the sense of humor you always maintain - it's contagious!!! One of your angels must be a comedian. Hang in there and take care.

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Hey Jim! Haven't been on here in awhile so am catching up. I don't think there's such a thing as "everyday type" of surgery anymore. However, I think it's wonderful that they are coming out with newer and better procedures so I'm hopeful that the one your ENT is thinking of works out great for you. As always, I love the sense of humor you always maintain - it's contagious!!! One of your angels must be a comedian. Hang in there and take care.

Nancy T


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Nancy, I see a Birthday Cake by your name and must say Happy Birthday to you. I won't ask how many for fear of you injuring me. LOL Thanks for the boost and I agree that at least one of my angels has a happy Halo to guide me.


Since posting this. UPMC, Pittsburgh, Oct 2011 until Jan. I averaged about 2 to 3 surgeries a week there. w Can't have jaw made as bone is deteroriating steaily that is left in jaw. Mersa is to blame. Feeding tube . Had trach for 4mos. Got it out April.
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Jim, I have a feeling wherever you choose to go for your next step(and one step at a time sounds good...) your doctors and nurses will absolutely be charmed by you. Your posts really do get a smile out of me,no matter my mood. Keep us posted on what you will be doing next and when...


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Jim, this is a difficult operation to go thru. Unfortunately if you have the jaw surgery, you will have to have the feeding tube and maybe a trach too. You would not be able to eat for some time with this type of operation. Hope the docs are able to pull off some kind of miracle to avoid all this surgery. Wishing you all the best!!!!


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Jesus Jim...you are the toughest guy I know my friend. You keep getting dealt a shitty hand and your attitude never misses a beat.

Hang in there buddy!

Eric


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Hi, Jim,

Your news is encouraging...that the ENT believes there is a solution for you is great! I sure hope that this gives you the relief you want. I wish you the best as you move forward.

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Jim

If anyone can pull this off, it will be you. I can understand your concern about stomach surgery over and above regular PEG placement. Is getting a combination J tube and G tube (as I believe Christine has) an alternative possibility. I just have the plain old "G" tube which goes directly into my stomach - it just not a PEG because it's not inserted with an endoscope (the E in PEG). A J tube though goes to the small intestine . They are both feeding tubes. Christine would know the ins and outs of a J tube about which I am clueless except for knowing it's name and destination [ from jejunostomy or into the intestine (jejunum = part of the intestine]. Can't hurt to ask your doctor
Charm


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Jim,
Sorry to hear about the bone necros. I think the Pittsburgh hospital is the one doing the ECM experiments. Extra Cellular Matrix. I saw this on 60 minutes. It appears that new tissue can be grown around an artificial structure to replace and replicate the original tissue. They profiled a nice man with a new esophagus. He was all smiles. I'm not sure if bone is possible with this stuff but it might be worth asking the ENT about. Good luck to you on this journey.


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4/2008 last time I consumed solid food by mouth
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