March 2009 - I can't believe I had such "muckis"!!
It has been quite an ordeal; and yet, I am alive.
Many people around us, acquaintances, good friends, my sister Erica, have died of cancer during the last three years. So, I should be grateful for still going, though not as strong as I used to.
I have lost a lot of weight, and it seems impossible to regain it. Digesting without a stomach is a problem; my diet is quite balanced and very healthy (carbs, protein, vegetables, fruit, grains, pasta) - not only that: Instead of just drinking whole milk, I add 50% of cream, sometimes I even drink pure cream: Yummie!! But all this doesn't help.
I wasn't able to put on even 100 g since I kissed my stomach good-bye. If I eat something that is not right at any given moment, I have to "return" it in order not to endure the pain in my guts.
January 2012 - these ain't no "muckis" anymore; they are a joke... :-)
This three year long experience made me realize that the stomach is probably the most important organ - or so it feels not having one. (OK, some will say: The heart and the brain are more important. I agree with the heart part - but the brain? Look around, and you'll see how many humans can happily do without it... :-).
Anyway, some essential nutrients can only be absorbed by the stomach, and as the German pun goes: "Man ist, was man isst." (= You are what you eat.). So now I am what I am able to absorb.
However, as I said - no complaints; others fare much worse.
Even though I am rather weak, I can still free-dive with my beloved sharks, and I am, so far, strong enough to lift my little Wolfie without overexerting myself. These are good enough reasons for me to celebrate life.
Thus, here is 'To Life!'; 'L'Chayim!', "Auf das Leben!"