Yes, I was in the hospital for 4 days. I did promise this group an update, but I've got to say, this knocked me for a loop. My surgery was open and overall I think I've done well. I am attempting to WALK but it's a slow go. I went back to clear foods last night after a miserable few days. Surgeons really don't give a lot of guidance on food. I do panic with every new symptom but as this group said, "surrender to the healing".
On the barium swallow (for newbie) my concern is that looking at the esophagus, and even stomach, via endoscopy, does not tell the docs if your stomach is where it should be. My gastroenterologist could not tell by the endo. It took sending me to a specialist/surgeon and he immediately ordered the barium study.
I have a lot of questions down the road for my gastro dr and my primary on why it took so long to figure this out. I had complained for 2 years of nagging abdominal pain in the upper left, extreme shortness of breath, nausea, pounding heart when lying down, and over the last 6 months episodes of what felt like major heart attacks. The elephant was in the room and no one noticed.