It has indeed been a terrible journey in the sense that he never seemed interested in my problem from the get go and came across as not being the least bit concerned about my problem, right down to making fun of me with his secretary 8 weeks post op when I phoned with concerns that my swallowing had worsened. Whilst she probably knows little, if anything at all about worsening dysphagia, he does. Obviously he considered it funny.
I felt a little embarrassed for the 2nd opinion surgeon (I'll call him 'J'), as I think he tried to ensure that I got a decent assessment. It was however marred by the fact that the 1st surgeons (I'll call him 'A' for obvious reasons) secretary told me what J's assessment was before I had even seen him to discuss his findings. J of course denied this and said that A was yet to hear the outcome. A's secretary however, had told me that they had been waiting to hear from me for days to discuss the said results.(I didn't want to humilate J with this information however, as I was feeling humiliated enough for all concerned.)
Awkward for J, as although I don't agree that A should learn the results before they are discussed with me, he has cleary extended a courtesy to his colleague, not knowing that A whispers everything into his secretaries ear.
It was a difficult decision for me to seek a second opinion in the first place, but it has been all the more harrowing as it has been carried out in such an unprofessional manner and I then have to wonder if the advice that I have received has been given to me as a means to appease me. I sure hope not.
J says that A feels sorry for me and is very sympathetic that I am having such problems. I asked one of my dearest friends to accompany me on my consultations because of A's attitude and when she heard about how sympathetic A has been, she nearly choked. Obviously he has painted a different picture to J. As a result of everything that has happened, I in fact had already decided that I no longer want this surgeon to consult me not long after having booked the surgery as I don't believe that he has my best interest at heart.
Problem now is, if things don't get better who do I get to help me?
And Bill you are right about the esophagus not functioning properly, as J pointed out in one frame on the barium that resembled a saw teeth like pattern on my esophagus that is a indication that the esophagus is working too hard to swallow.
I hope and pray that things settle and my esophagus is not damaged in any way.
Thanks to all again for reading my rant, and I hope that it is not too hard to follow