This past Friday I had two more pints of blood, making nineteen in all. I felt like King Kong from Saturday until Monday
afternoon. The blood is now gone again. Hemoglobin is now 8.6.
They say I have watermelon stomach. The small intestines are bleeding in a few places, but not bad, after a capsule study.
I go into the Cleveland Clinic this Friday for the third time to cauterize the vein endings to stop bleeding.
Today I was told by the gastroenterologist (GI) doctor, the only permanent solution may be to remove a portion of the stomach.
What do you know about that? What is the down side? I am sure it is not good.
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