1st week of 2011

Our luggage finally arrived late New Year’s Eve.  Better than a New Year’s Day gift.  Anyway, we were invited to my associate’s family’s home for a New Year’s Eve party (small).  They live in the hills overlooking Medellin and the party consisted mainly of a barbecue in their garden.  The only food was meat. It was a total flesh fest.  From different kinds of sausages, to beef, pork (ribs), and chicken, there was literally nothing else to eat.  It meant that GV didn’t eat anything.  I caved even though I shouldn’t have.  Still, I had to mix some of the meat with a little water to get it down.  Flesh and water, yum.

This dry throat is really something.  Normally, we can eat just about anything and our saliva helps us masticate whatever is in our mouth.  But my saliva glands have been seriously damaged.  The result is that I don’t produce saliva normally therefore most foods like bread are like stuffing cotton in your mouth.  The chewing process needs help.  Hence, the addition of liquid.  Leaves most foods unappetizing.

Went for a teeth cleaning and the dentist, after telling her my treatment story, saw that I didn’t have any calculus build up and just did a very light cursory polish.  She said that it was much better to wait until the next cleaning (6 mo) before doing any scraping.  The jaw bones are delicate for life.  Any serious work could be dangerous.

The mucus I had around Christmas week for some reason disappeared.  Strange.  But it’s been replaced by the super dryness.  Can’t leave home now, not without the rinse and spit kit, but now without water.  I’ll trade water for mucus.

Went to see the Colombian medical man this past week and he put a couple of injections of procaina in each side of the jaw right in front of the ear.  It didn’t tickle and unfortunately, the hope of stimulating the saliva gland didn’t work either.  After several days, the injection areas are still sore and the mouth is still dry.

Next step is to get a blood test to make sure the kidneys are OK for a contrast CT scan when I return.  Will try to get the blood work done down here to fast forward the scan date.  Then in February, it’s another PET CT scan (full body).

Good thing was that yesterday, rode with a couple of friends to Barbosa (north of Medellin) for the first 60 mile plus bike ride (62 miles is the 100 km mark those in km countries like to hit).  They were wondering why I was dragging behind and I tried to keep the pace as light as my ego would allow.  Actually, the ego listened well.  I was in the mood for a nice ride and didn’t need competition.  It was a beautiful ride and felt great. Don’t think I could have done that in Dec due to the plug hole in the closing process.  Nor, could I have done the ride in New York, where it’s freezing.

Now I’ve got to go find more water.