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It’s me Kevin…

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2008 9:35 AM, CDT
It’s me Kevin. We went back to the hospital yesterday to see another doctor. I don’t like the way the hospital smells. Maybe it has bad memories for me. The doctor was smart. I liked him. I was sad for the first part of the meeting. He kept talking about how I needed to spend a lot more time on a feeding tube so that I could gain twenty or thirty pounds to see if that would make the pain go away and then we could take the tube out and I could see if I could eat regularly. I will do it if I have to to get well it just seems like this is what I have been doing for the last year and I still have so much pain and then I will be right back where I am now.

Then a weird thing happened. The doctor looked more at my records and he noticed that in the fall my duodenum worked slowly when I weighed 67 pounds but last month when I weighed 80 pounds it barely worked at all. He said this was something called Wilkie’s syndrome so that the older I got the worse I got. He actually had done surgery on a guy who had Wilkie’s and the guy now plays volleyball for UCLA and is strong and healthy. Then I started feeling better. The doctor said that the surgery is hard and I’ll be in the hospital a long time and that my duodenum probably won’t work right away after the surgery since it is in bad shape right now. I can tell that makes my Mom and Dad scared. I think it will be cool to show my friends my scar and to not be in pain. I guess the doctor and my Mom and Dad need to talk some more but I hope that I can get fixed like the guy at UCLA.
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Professor and award winning author, world traveler, Mom, thought leader, mentor, friend, and advocate Vicki Whiting, Ph.D. is dedicated to the facilitation of learning and the development of leaders in all walks of life.

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