SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER 2007: Just one week since surgery to remove his
opesophagus and the tumour within, Michael is recovering well and looking
forward to leaving hospital.
Tests yesterday revealed no major complications from the surgery which
meant most of the tubes going in and out of his body could be removed.
The positive tests also mean Michael can start eating a liquid diet, with
jelly on top of the list. He is expected to start eating soft solids within
the next few days. It will take many months for Michael to work out his own
version of a 'normal' diet but reintroducing liquids is an important step
in the process.
One tube will remain in his body for another six weeks. Over the last week
Michael has been fed via a line that goes directly into his small
intestine. That tube will remain in place until surgeons can be certain he
is able to eat normally.