17 July 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Gastroparesis Research Study

Last week and this one, I’ve made quick trips to San Francisco. It’s a 6 hour drive north from home, so it’s a good thing I like to drive, I guess! The trips have been for appointments with the California Pacific Medical Center to go through screening tests to be enrolled in the Gastroparesis 2 […]

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23 June 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Why Is the Sun Up in the Middle of the Night?

I’m in Chicago on a couple hour layover. It’s 4:10 am according to my body, but Chicago believes it’s 6:10 am. I left LAX at about 10:45 pm. All this makes for a short night, but I’m sure my body will painfully remind me of that in short order once I arrive in Christiansburg, Virginia. […]

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22 September 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Forward With Trepidation

It’s the middle of the night as I’m writing this. I’m a sleeper, meaning I like my sleep. But tonight it evades me. Maybe it doesn’t evade me as much as my stomach’s rumblings keep me from slumber. Most reading this know of my challenges with gastroparesis. Even though I have gained most of the […]

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24 November 2010 ~ 0 Comments

A Happy Thanksgiving

I am writing this post from Lincoln, CA, where one of my wife’s brother’s owns 40 acres. He and his wife built a home on it about 2 years ago. Their place is central to where Colleen’s parents and siblings live, so it’s perfect for a holiday gathering of family. While their house is large […]

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02 September 2010 ~ 2 Comments

I’m Not Alone

This morning, a story ran on NBC’s Today Show. It was about a young lady named Gentrie Hanson, who has gastroparesis, the same rare condition I’ve been diagnosed with. You can click here to watch the feature. While my experience is mine alone, it’s always good to know that you’re NOT alone! I also haven’t […]

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31 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

It’s Not A Tumor

Saw my doctor at Cedars-Sinai today for results from last week’s tests, which all showed no abnormalities. That’s good news! From here, he sees no reason for further testing. He is calling what I have “post-infectious gastroparesis”, believing that it was most likely brought on by whatever virus I was fighting the week after Christmas. […]

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08 August 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Good Weekend

The long, but good, weekend, started too early for my taste on Friday morning when the alarm went off at 5:00 am. Colleen, Jonathan and I headed out at 6:30 for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. I went through my first test with them in this gastrointestinal journey I’ve been on for the last 7 months. The […]

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28 July 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Test Scheduled & Spot Secured!

I just now heard back from Cedars-Sinai. My Gastric Emptying Study has been scheduled for next Friday, August 6 at 8:30 am at Cedars. The follow-up appointment with the doctor for results will be on Thursday, August 19 at 11:30 am. I’ve asked them to put me on a list for cancellations to see if […]

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24 June 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Journey Continues

Met with the surgeon for a follow-up appointment on Monday morning. He says everything looks good as far as surgery recovery is concerned. Over the weekend, even after being home a few days and one week past surgery, I was feeling pretty exhausted. I realized my energy level BEFORE the surgery was already pretty low […]

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17 June 2010 ~ 1 Comment

A Wild Week

It’s been quite a wild ride the last few days. Even just typing this right now drains quite a bit of the energy from me. The last few days, knowing so many have been praying for me, has been a very deep honor. I appreciate it so much. In my last post, I gave some […]

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