5:49 PM EST, February 10, 2012
There's something missing from morning radio. Star Country's Robynn Jaymes has been off the air since early October.
"This is the connection to my feed bag," Jaymes said as she pointed to a tube leading from a bag of liquid nutrition to her stomach. This is Jaymes' reality. She's hooked to a feeding tube for ten hours a day. The last time she had a chicken dinner or a hamburger was months ago.
"That even hurts to hear I guess it was October the sixth was the last time I ate," Jaymes said. That's the day Jaymes felt like she had the flu, could not stop throwing up, and ended up in the emergency room.
"And they said if we waited much longer I could have died which is pretty freaky," Jaymes said. Jaymes was diagnosed with severe acute pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas, which is part of the digestive system. According to Johns Hopkins Medical Center, the main cause is gallstones, but doctors aren't sure why Jaymes got it.
It's been more than three months since she was diagnosed, but Jaymes still has a long road ahead.
"I still have two surgeries ahead. My hope is I just continue to get my strength back. I lost 60 pounds because of this illness," Jaymes said. "I'm sick everyday; if you can imagine having the flu everyday that's what it feels like. I feel like I'm gonna be sick everyday."
Jaymes spends her days taking medications, resting and watching TV. "Comic relief, (I) try to watch funny stuff on TV," Jaymes said. Her favorite movie is Despicable Me. "I started watching that in the hospital actually for whatever reason, I just took to it," she said.
Jaymes has definitely kept her sense of humor, when she tells us she has started eating some baby food. "I spit the carrots out," Jaymes said laughing.
While she said she doesn't crave solid food, she does crave getting back on the air. "I miss it," Jaymes said. "I would love to be back to work. I would love to have normal back. That's what I miss, going to work, having fun and laughing, not being tied to a tube. I would love to have normal back."
Jaymes said she misses that connection to her listeners. If you'd like to send her a message, click here.
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