Doug had a swallow test this morning to see if the new connection between the esophagus and stomach leaked. He stood for a minute or two and chugged about 8oz of a contrast while they visualized the site. No leakage noted and a clear diet was ordered. His pain button has been discontinued and now he can take oral pain medication.
On another note, the Pitsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup, their second back to back championship. Doug has enjoyed watching the games and looked forward to a night of hockey.
He still has a chest tube and it is exhausting walking and going to rehab but he is getting stronger.