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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Day: 24 Gastritis & Ulcers

A few days ago I posted about health and how important it is. I shared that dear people in my life were experiencing health challenges- some explained with a course of action in place, others unexplained and scary. Well, sadly I have joined this category! A few years ago I was diagnosed with Gastritis (sexy name, huh?) which means inflammation of the stomach lining. I also have Gall Stones -- which are not like kidney stones -- you don't "pass" them you have to have your gallbladder removed if you have on going problems.

But back to the tummy. My body does not break down acid as perfectly as it should causing acidic build up which causes an inflamed stomach lining resulting in doubled over abdominal pain. Contrary to popular belief it is not related to diet or stress, it's just how my body breaks down certain enzymes and there is no warning when an outbreak will hit.

Today I had my third Endoscopy to take a look at what is going on and to determine if in fact the inflammation is what's causing my pain. An endoscopy is when you are fully knocked out by an anesthesiologist and my terrific Dr. Soraya Ross inserts a long instrument down your throat with a camera on the end so they can have a look around your intestines.

Of course this interruption in my daily routine pisses me off, especially because today was a running at the beach day and I cherish that time. I've got lots of miles to get under my feet if I'm going to run that marathon next year.

The test showed progressed Gastritis, and in non doctor speak that means they now have turned into ulcers! Ahh, that explains the pain I've been in. With some medication I should be feeling better in a few days. In the meantime, I have a wonderful present being delivered shortly. My son Brandon is returning from his first year of college tonight! So while I'm not feeling my peppy self at the moment, knowing that he'll be back in the house for the summer and my family unit will be complete, helps lessen the pain.

Since Brian is out of town, I relied on my gal pals today who helped get me to the surgical center and back home and my niece Olivia for picking up the crazy teenagers from school for me ... and to my Blog sister and much more Robin Sax for the EXQUISITE floral bouquet that I received upon my return today! Wow... purple and yellow tulips can always put a smile on your face.

Well, life is never dull that's for sure.


Anonymous said...

Robyn, Trust me you are not alone. I had an endoscopy a couple years ago to find out I have a hiatal hernia. its a lovely opening that only increases acid back up. not fun. so you have here, someone who can kind of relate. And, Ronn, my other half lost his gall bladder a couple years ago. its just not fun. I am sure this will not get in your way and you will get done what you need to. xo Diana

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