Thursday, July 23, 2009

Next Time You Have an Endoscopy...


Yesterday, I had a procedure done called an endoscopy. The laymen's term for that is "upper GI". If it still doesn't make any sense to you, it didn't make any sense to me either when I first heard the term. They put a tube down your throat and examine your stomach, esophagus,
and duodenum. (Don't ask... I'm no doctor!) Anyway, it was a very successful procedure and everything turned out well for me. It's like the colonoscopy I had a while back in that you can't eat anything for twelve or more hours before you have it. It also involves anesthesia and that's some of the best sleep I ever had. I remember them putting a tube in my mouth in a room with drab blue walls. The last thought I remember having was ... this must be how condemned prisoners about to have lethal injection must feel. God, I don't want to die in a drab blue room like this!

He must have heard me. I woke up in the original room I was in sometime later, sans the tube and sans the i.v., with just a bandage on my hand and a cool towel on my head. The nurse told me that everything was just fine... I had a "normal esophagus" and a "normal stomach". Okay, I thought... glad to hear it. The doctor came by and told me that I should cut down on sodas
(haven't drank one since April), drinks that "fizz" (I wonder if that includes an ocassional cold beer?), and watch foods that are "too heavily seasoned". Apparently, this was causing me some
excess heartburn. I suppose I'm at the age where everything I like is bad for me. It seems like that was always the case anyway, even when I was ten.-:)

I kinda felt a little guilty about what I had previously wrote about doctors and how it feels as if they never cure you of anything. However, I don't feel at all bad about what I said about HMOs , insurance companies, and the state of health care in general. I'll let that go, for now. Right now, I'm going to obey my doctors, take (yet another bottle of) pills, and pray that I'll feel a little better.

Just the same, it was nice having a day off from work and getting a little rest. As I was writing this, I was voraciously hungry and waiting for my wife to come home so that we could eat. Notice I said "we"... what I should have written is "so that she could get me something to eat." (Just kidding ladies... don't kill me!) Hopefully, by the time you all are reading this, I'll be sitting at my desk and hard at work. Don't count on it... the hard at work part. However, I will be back at work and feeling well. I feel better already.

22 comments:

BorednTalkative said...

Glad to read that you are in good health.

A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

Glad the Doctor gave you the thumbs up! Sodas are bad and that add soooooo much to your waistline (smile) I'm sure your wife was happy to feed her man! What woman wouldn't be? Be good to me and I'll be just as good to you, is my motto!

I feel you on the hard at work.... I think at our age, just showing up should account for something (LOL)

Have a happy day and enjoy your meals w/little to no seasoning!

Beautifully.Conjured.Up said...

The duodenum is the first and smallest part of the small intestines...I just had to show off my science skills *smile.*

I'm glad to know everything went fine. My mother recently had a colonoscopy (everything was fine), and being who I am, I asked for copies of the photos they took...I just think things like that are so cool.

I have a major problems with the politics of healthcare (did a research project about it...what I found out is enough to make you want to scream). Although I can't do anything about that now, I can do something about the doctor I use. That's why I always find out background information from the state board, and I tell everyone to do this. Not only can you find out information about what schools they went to, but also if they failed their boards or not (believe it or not, there are doctors working who have NO business doing so).

Thoughts of a Southern gal said...

Glad to hear you got a clean bill of health.

Angel said...

Yes like the others im glad to hear you are well..what did you eat in the end?

Toni said...

Glad that Everything turned out alright Keith!

Angie B. said...

Ditto what my room-mate said!

Sunflower said...

No Wonder you've been on such a health care rant this week!-:)

Brenda said...

Be well Keith!

Cheryl said...

Glad to hear that you got a clean bill of health!

Vanessa said...

LOL@ Beautifully Conjured Up!

Lisa said...

Stay away from sodas and drinks that "fizz"-lolololol.

Halo said...

Take Care of yourself Keith,the world needs the maverick of all bloggers!

James Perkins said...

Endoscopy eh..I had one of those and a colonostrophy or whatever last year..I feel ya.

Simon Bastion said...

You're showing a good example by going to the doctor and getting these check ups..Good for you!

Jazzy said...

Good For you Fam!

Grover Tha Playboy said...

Well, whatever, at any rate, you're still writing great blog posts, so I'm glad that your health is good otherwise.

Sean said...

Glad everything turned out well good brother!

Swaggie said...

Glad everything is cool with you brother!

Tate2 said...

You got the thumbs up and we continue to get good blog posts both here and on "Escapades"..Who could ask for anything more.

Tate2 said...

Oh yeah..I forgot my question mark?
lolololol. Didn't want youn to think I was ignorant! -:)

Captain Jack said...

Get some rest Keith...Do take care of yourself!




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