Monday, I had a new swallow study/X-ray performed at Vanderbilt Hospital. The specialist seemed to think that I was improving right on schedule, praise God . She released me to start eating soft foods, but left the feeding tube in as I can't eat enough to get the nutrition I need from solid foods right now.
I've had potato soup for a couple of lunches this week, and overcooked some macaroni and cheese today (just the way I like it) and I ate a half cup of that. It's actual work, with a lot of coughing and clearing my airway just to get through a little meal like that, so I have quite a ways to go. As of this morning, I weigh 145 pounds, down from 158 on day of surgery.
I see my actual doctor on November 18th. I hope he can explain the pain and modified movement I have in my left arm/shoulder. Fun days !
Keep the faith !