Hi Bluesky, It has taken me a while to respond to your last post because I am still laughing...yes, out loud!! I hope you have considered writing and publishing. You are very good
. From the little you share regarding your challenging experience...it sure sounds Southern Gothic to me. As I mentioned, being aware of the personal nature of the total experience, you are welcome to email me. I'd love to hear the whole story. email@example.com .
You are a true "thriver"...rather than a survivor. I love your cat story. Your cat is so tuned in. How did you respond at the time? Did you consider what he/she was offering you? (besides the urine LOL) I'm assuming that you have had no "offerings" on your esophagus area, which is consistent with your report...no cancer!! Have you had an esophageal motility study? With the muscular spasm observation, it might be helpful. There is a thread "Diffusing Esophageal Spasm Feedback" that might be helpful to read. Like the person posting, I, too, have had many coronary as well as pulmonary tests to rule out whether the source was esophageal or heart/lung.
I had a funny (now...it was far from it then) experience with my first esophageal surgery which was in the early 80s. Although recently divorced, I was still covered by my ex-husband's insurance and had preauthorized all treatment and surgeries. As I was coming out of the anesthesia and hardly knew where I was or even who I was...I was awakened by a man in a suit who I didn't know. He responded to my "yes?" by asking me, "WHY have YOU done this?" I barely got out..."What have I done?" He proceded to take off on a tangent telling me I should be ashamed of myself and that I needed to leave the hospital at once. (I honestly, because of my unclear head, envisioned myself walking down the road in a hospital gown holding onto a cath bag and pushing my IV LOL...quite an image). He told me I had "cheated" and lied about
preauth (no extensive computers). I finally got "motivated" sufficiently to (anxiety overrides anesthesia) to tell him I had not lied, I was covered, to check his sources and to get out of my room!!
We have come a long way in patient "rights" since then. I do wish we could work in a more shared way...your kitty showed you the problem, and you have loved and cared for your kitty...both are vitally important.
Stay strong and with your wonderful sense of humor!!
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