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Post whipple walking was posted 01/01/2007 11:20 am by Jackie
E-mail Address: AriesJB4@aol.com

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My husband Steve had Whipple surgery just short of a year ago as(Jan. 3rd) is the anniversary date. He did not require chemo/radiation because his surgery was for the removal of IPMNs, precancerous (benign) at time of removal cysts. He did have an extended Whipple, losing 60% of his pancreas, duodenum, gallbladder and 20% of his stomach with bile duct resectioning.

His hospitalization was eleven days. Walking was an effort at first, and living in NY - the winter temps were not in our favor. In late January, I had him put on his winter gear, and we went out the door. First from our house down to the corner, gradually increasing the parameters. I then sent him out on his own when he felt confident enough (it was like a mom sending her child off to school for the first time!) - I watched by the window, seriously. Walking is the best thing. His weakness was most apparent to him in the upper leg region. Sneezing also was a chore - he sounded like Donald Duck! Not to make light of this in the least - we had our share of apprehensive moments. If the weather was too cold for outdoor walking, I drove him to the mall and we took walks inside, especially because there were benches, in case he did tire. He took morning, early afternoon and after dinner naps. We even applied for a temporary handicapped parking mirror permit which he used all of maybe a couple of months when he returned to work to make the parking situation easier, but that was that. You and he will see day by day a marked improvement. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me. Steve is not a diabetic, although to keep himself honest, he does do glucose meter finger sticks twice daily to keep a check on his levels. He just started taking the pancreatic enzyme Viokase right after Thanksgiving. He went into the surgery at 247 (overweight because of his pancreatic duct/IPMN situation, affecting the metabolism), and is now holding in the 196 range. It is unbelievable to see where we were a year ago at this time and where is he today. All the best to you and yours in the year ahead.

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