Thanks for your support! I was exhausted yesterday and sick Thursday night when we got back home just from the long day traveling up there! Dr. Schaefer seemed like a nice doctor, and I had no complaints. I liked the fact that it was a small office. For some reason, that always makes me feel more at home because his office is actually in Oak Park, surburb in Chicago. Experience was much different than St. Louis. I had to fill out a bunch of paperwork, and he reviewed my records before he came into the office. I was telling him on how sick I have been with this disease, and he understood and was amazed at my 509 minute stomach transit test (bad!). At least one thing I have going for me, my small bowels has always worked great!
The doctor thinks I would make an excellent candidate for the gastric pacemaker procedure. He answered my questions, and actually explained to me what it was, how long it has been around and everything. It is not a cure all for everyone, but he said it has helped some people that have nausea and vomiting everday; for example, from 30 times a day to once a day.
After the appointment, the nurse was nice, too. I was just letting out my frustrations on everything I have been through this year. At the end, she was like, it looks like you could use a hug and gave me one. She said everything will be okay! The nurse has to process my paperwork and send in my information with the company that makes the stimulator, medtronic. The doctor explained that medtronic reviews my records as well before they get the device. If everything comes back okay, (nurse said people that are on medical cards go through quick-good thing the state finally realized I have been sick this year and got one!), then I guess this is road I am heading down. So, in another couple weeks, I should have my answers!
I told the doctor I didn't even care if I was never 100% better, just to be able to eat more things again (not just crackers, maybe some baby foods and small servings of non-fat yogurt-just really nothing), not be bloated, gassy, nausea, burping, left side-hurting, still have problems going to the bathroom; just to lead a more functional life, I would take it! So, let's all hope 2012 will finally bring me some relief after all the years I have suffered with GI distress!
2009-Dx with IBS
2010 - Dx with Colon inertia
Feb. 2011 - Left hemicolectomy
June 2011 - Total colectomy
August 2011 - Dx with Gastroparesis