When you’re in recovery from some traumatic medical situation, you take any bit of progress you can get. Sometimes, it’s just a sip of water. Sometimes, it’s managing to walk an extra 20 feet. And sometimes, it’s getting rid of the everyday reminder of when you couldn’t eat and had to feed yourself through a tube.
The procedure took about 15 minutes, total, although the actual time at the office was about two hours. The removal process was much less painful than the insertion process, that’s for certain. The worst I have is a sore throat from the scope and them pulling the balloon part back out through my throat (the other part of the tube was snipped at my belly and pulled away). I also had a huge headache after a nap this afternoon, induced by the no-caffeine rule for many hours prior to the procedure. The former is addressed by some Chloraseptic, the latter by a cappuccino.
Overall, I’d say this is a major step on the road to whatever full recovery is possible for me.
The doctor also gave us some photos taken from inside. I’m going to scan those and put them up here as well. Very interesting stuff.