You are always there for us, I hope knowing we care helps ease all you are going through!
Much love and lots of hugs!
Post Edited (PAlady) : 6/25/2009 11:22:54 PM (GMT-6)
Wanted to say hi and have been reading alot to catch up. I come on at different intervals when I can't sleep. When I am this sick with bronchitis I generally sleep alot in the recliner, its easier to breath that way. My pulmonary dr finally called me in some cough syrup with strict verbal instructions on taking it.
I hope you can find a good medication that works well for the GERD. I have had GERD and horrible acid reflux for years. There are so many different kinds of meds now for it and you just have to try them till you find the one that works the best. I am on 40mg of Aciphex now and it works pretty good for me. I was in my early 20's when it hit, I just produce so much acid. Even on medication I have to be careful after eating and not have my head down or it comes up and out my nose!! Yep, you read it right.
I will tell you one thing that really does aggravate mine, SUGAR!! I have to be very careful with sugar, of course chocolate, pie crust sends me into instant heartburn. Alot of the food I avoid, I avoid anyway because of the Crohns Disease. So, the diet change was not a big deal for me. I can eat a little shredded cheese bit not melted cheese, crazy huh.
I have a thought on the bed situation. I know you are limited because of your back however, perhaps you can get your cousin to come over and help you with the bed. I have learned how to slide my mattress and box springs off the bed with my daughter's help without racking my back up. The bed needs to be elevated at the headboard, go to Home Depot or any hardware store that sells wood and have them cut the blocks of wood. My blocks are wide and it makes the bed stable so I do not have to worry about the bed sliding off of the blocks lol. This will not affect your neck in anyway because its no different than being in a recliner or reclined position. I am having a hard time describing it to you, I know you are thinking it will put your neck in a bad angle, but it doesn't. I have herniated discs at C5-6 and C6-7 and it made no difference at all with my neck. Its not putting any stress on the neck by the bed being elevated, there thats the word I needed lol. It has really made a difference having the head of my bed elevated. I don't wake up strangling in my sleep any longer from the acid coming up the back of my throat and that was a real problem for me.
I know you are struggling and really having some trying times. But just remember a step at a time or you will get so overwhelmed with it all and not be productive at all. I am so relieved to hear the Barretts was caught in the early stages. So far from what I have read its treatable when caught early. There was a reason to have that scope done, just didn't know it at the time. I saw my gi Wed and he is hinting at doing another scope its been awhile. I said jeez, I have been your patient since Oct of 02, and so far I have had 5 colonoscopies, doesn't that count for something lol. Back when I had my 1st endoscopy he found out I had H-Pyloria and had, had it well over a year. As a result of the infection, he said the walls of my stomach had ridges really bad and it was permanent. I was tested for it by blood work which came back negative, but he says if you have had it as long as I did biopsy is the only way to dx it.
I see you are taking some milkbones to the pooches, they will love you for that. My 12 yr pld golden retriever got down sick 2 weeks ago. Took him to vet over a cough and he stopped eating, scared me to death. I had to leave him for a CBC and chest xrays which did not come back good. Jake had a very high white count and his xrays showed alot of black on the film, not good, could be fluid, upper respiratory infection, pneumonia or cancer. The vet is not happy and he is thinking the same as me, cancer. Jake has a growth that came up on his side years ago, but that one never changed in size or anything. However, he had another growth came up on his leg and that one did grow for awhile and he has lots of little mole looking things popping up. Its breaking my heart, the cough is better and he is eating very well again but you know I can just tell he is not quite there yet. He is eating 3 cans of food a day and drinking ice water lol. He always ate dry food, but whatever it takes to get him to eat. He gave him a shot of an anitbiotic and anti-inflam, plus 20 days of oral antibiotics. I have to take him back for another chest xray for comparison views. He is my little old man, his little face has turned white. He is the most loyal dog I have ever owned. He has always been my dog from day one, where I go, he goes, I make a move he makes a move. If he is alseep and I walk out of a room he wakes up and is hot on my heels. He is something else, walks in the back of my shoes, no kidding. He 's my little bud for sure. One thing I would never do is let him suffer . I asked my vet if Jake could be in any pain and he says no he is not exhibiting any sign of pain. Just trying to keep my boy comfy, he is into ice water and popsicles lol.
Just thinking about ya and wanted to let ya know.
We are here for you! I hope the Nexium helps you and you get some relief!!!!!!!
I'm sending you big cyber hugs PAlady. My heart goes out to you big time. It just doesn't seem fair when you're dealing wih so much pain already and losing your medical coverage that you should then start off with burning acid in your oesophogus and pre cancerous changes!!! I sincerly hope the nexium works for you, it has really helped me with my intestinal issues from all the meds I take and I've now been reduced to just 20mg a day which is easier to manage. I've been on it only 3 months.
I thought I'd send you a beautiful piece of Sydney Harbour with the sun reflecting off the water and the bush running down to the waters edge, maybe a wallaby hopping along through the trees and of course all those raucous Australian birds, rainbow lorrikeets or cockatoos fighting over berries in the tree tops.
Best wishes, PAlady, golitho
Post Edited (PAlady) : 6/30/2009 12:39:43 AM (GMT-6)