How goes it?
Well, I have been continuing the weight loss surgery journey. Latest steps were the Upper GI, which I thought was an endoscopy, so on the day of the procedure, I went to the endoscopy unit. They looked at me like I had 2 heads, they told me I had to go back down to the ultrasound area. I went there – that was wrong too. Ugh. Turns out it was an Upper GI and I had to go to this tiny room right next to ultrasound.
They call me in and I have to get into a gown and then they tell me I have to drink ” the stuff”. Now, I had nothing to eat or drink prior to this, an it was later in the afternoon. “The Stuff” is nasty. I mean like heavy liquid chalk. It is technically called Barium something or other. So they have me stand up against this table thing and drink, on command. I get shivers just thinking about it. Then they tell me they are going to lay me back so I literally get to the point where I am laying down in this machine.
What better time to have me roll around ? Seriously. Roll over, like I am a damn dog. A big huge, fatty mcbutter dog. SO I roll over a few times , then I get to lay on my stomach and drink a different nasty drink – with a straw ….. ooohhhh ahhhhhh. Still gross.
Its over and the doctor tells me it looks like I do have a hiatal hernia. My doctor had told me that this was common so I wasn’t too worried when they told me what they suspected. Later that week, my doctor called me and told me that I do have the hernia and I also have a Schatzki Ring in my esophagus. Never heard of that before, guessing most of you have not heard of it either.
A Schatzki ring, also known as a Schatzki-Gary ring, is a narrowing of the lower part of the esophagus — a muscular tube through which food passes to the stomach.
Now, I very rarely get heart burn or acid reflux. I am not on any medication for them other than the occasional Tums. But based on the Upper GI – I have to have an Endoscopy. Like the real one this time. I wasn’t too nervous – the nurse I had was very nice. It’s weird, I had ” mild sedation” they said but all I remember is them putting the thing in my mouth so I wouldn’t bite the scope, then I woke up. Nothing too exciting .
Because I am a crazy person, I am constantly checking my doctors patient gateway to see test results. My endoscopy comes in and it confirms the ring , but then it starts in with some medical mumbo jumbo and I have no clue what it means. Even googling ( which is THE WORST thing you could ever do when it comes to medical crap ) and even then, I am still confused. So, I emailed the doc, then called, yeah, I am a pain in the ass. He called me back tonight ( which I think is cool, that he called me tonight ) an told me that my endoscopy showed inflammation of my esophagus but it it not a deal breaker! I can still have the surgery !
I was really worried that it was something serious, but I am so happy I can keep on the path.
Next up the pre op diet – starting on 6/5. 2 weeks of the pre op diet to shrink the liver down .
Bring it on !
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Have a great week everyone!