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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Updtate on HB (HoneyBunny) Health Issues


You will recall, from my last update, HoneyBunny Gets Answers,  that for the last two months and then some, HB (HoneyBunny) has been dealing with Achalasia.  It is a disease of the esophagus.  He has not been able to swallow.  I have been giving him liquid nutrition, similar to Boost or Ensure, and his meds through a feeding tube in his stomach.  It's been an every-four-hour schedule for one or both.  Forgive me if I doze off....Zzzzzz!

Last week we met with the Dr again and finally, it is time for the procedure that we hope will solve some of the problem.  It is sort of complicated, but I'll make it short and sweet.  The first procedure was a Botox injection in the upper esophageal muscle (yes, Virginia, it is not just for the lips and wrinkles)  to relax it and allow food to go into the esophagus.  It worked so "well" that it relaxed the upper esophagus, too, causing HB to not be able to swallow at all!  Oops!


Now that the Botox is wearing off, he can swallow some things again, but only soft foods.  He must be careful to eat slowly and chew well, and swallow twice at times.  The next procedure will be another Botox injection, but this time in the lower muscle to relax it and allow food to go into the stomach.  This should make it easier for HB to swallow larger bites and coarser food.  He will still need to be cautious, but his eating will improve somewhat.  It may never be what it used to be, but eventually, the tube will be taken out and he will adjust to his new "normal."

So, Friday, May 11th, we will go to Tucson for this procedure.  Hallelujah!  We will be praying for a successful one and healing for HB.  We thank you for your well wishes and prayers, and are certain that it all helps!

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7 comments:

  1. My husband had this done! It worked well for about 6-8 months and now he's back to same issue. He can swallow better if he has alcohol so dinner is his best meal. He had talked about having it done again but hasn't pursued it yet. Good luck to yours and I hope it lasts longer.

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    1. Lisa - Yes, this procedure may need to be done more than once...the other option is surgery. Thanks for the wishes! We are hoping for the best possible outcome.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  2. Oh- I so hope this works for your HB. I know how awful this has been for both of you. Blessings~ xo Diana

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    1. Diana - It seems like forever since this began, and we are ready for good news. Thanks for the well wishes!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  3. I've been keeping you and HB in my prayers and was just wondering how he was doing and lo and behold here is your update. Will continue with the prayers and glad things are looking up for a return to "normal".

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    1. Beth - Thank you for the prayers! As long as he is careful with his swallowing he is doing okay with "easy" foods. It may be that he will need to be careful from now on,but that is waaaay better than using a feeding tube!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  4. Pat, I am so glad there may be some relief soon. I am praying for both of you. It must be exhausting for the two of you.
    I look forward to a good report.
    Blessings, Ginger

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