Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I'm sitting in my living room and still experiencing a bit of mild after effects of anesthesia.  My endoscopy was today.  I was really worried about waking up during the procedure since that's what happened during my last ERCP and am happy to say that I didn't.  However, I wasn't quite out of it when it started so I still felt a lot of it and remember dry heaving.  It wasn't too long though that I was out like a light and woke up back in the recovery room, feeling like I just took a nice nap.  I have a bit of a sore throat.  Anyway, the findings were that I have a Schatzki Ring, Hiatal Hernia. Gastritis and GE Junction Erosions.  A biopsy was taken and the results should be in within 2 weeks.  In the meantime, I'm instructed to avoid Aspirin and NSAIDS.  I'm so glad that I already gave up caffeine, including my beloved Excedrin.  Before now, I'd freak out at the thought of not being able to have my Excedrin.  The truth is, though, I've had far less headaches since I've given up caffeine and just don't need it anymore.  Tylenol does the trick.

I also got a call on Monday from the surgeon's office saying they are moving my December 1 appointment to January 5.  This is because my psychological evaluation isn't scheduled until December 28 and my first Nutritionist appointment isn't until December 3.  I have to have psychological clearance and two visits with the nutritionist before my case can be submitted to insurance.  So they scheduled me for the January 5th pre-op group and will likely see the surgeon before that.  I'm starting to get a little anxious about this, I was hoping to have this done before classes start on January 18th.  It's also going to make it tough because the kids will be back in school, too.  I can get the boys on and off the bus, but I won't be able to drive my daughter to school (she is in pre-k) so she may miss a week or two.  This means I'll have to explain to her teachers that I am having surgery and I was kind of hoping to avoid that.  I guess we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

1 comment:

  1. Lisa, I'm glad you had a better experience this time. I also had a schatski ring (I had been having swallowing problems for a long time because of it!), and some gastritis. My biopsy was clear. I also had a pretty sore throat afterwards, for a few days. It burned like I was sick. Dr. said it was particularly from the biopsy & stretching out the ring.
    Good luck with everything...I've learned on all the scheduling to just try to be at peace, and somehow it always works out.