****I first posted this "bio" in early October when I was 6 weeks away from my big day....****
My name is Lori. I am a 55 (almost 56) year old woman residing in the state of Washington. I have suffered with GERD for over 30+ years, have a hiatial hernia, and Barretts. I have a routine endoscopy every other year to monitor my condition. Earlier this year I started having issues revolving around regurgitation and a general "full" feeling at the base of my sternum. My GI doc moved up my endo to see what was going on. Turns out my hernia which I have had since the early 90's had grown significantly and my stomach was migrating north, and my LES is not closing. He recommended I see a specialist. There was no physician in my town qualified, so I was referred to Seattle - a two and half hour drive from our home. I had to wait for almost two months to see him, and he ordered a barium swallow, motility test and the lovely 24 hour ph test. After careful consideration of the test results he said I was a candidate for surgery. That was in May of this year. The earliest surgery date I could get was November 19th- oh and lucky me, its my 56th birthday!
With such a long wait time, I've had moments where I wonder if I'm doing the right thing. I'm anxious about
my recovery and what my life will look like after my big day. I have an incredibly supportive husband, and am fortunate that I can take all the time I need to heal, but I still wonder if I'd be better off just living with my symptoms instead of trying to relieve them. I'm a bit concerned about
the Barretts advancing, and I understand that unless we get that LES to function, I'm continuing to give my esophagus a nice acid bath....so deep down I know it's necessary but......
Anyway I have a long journey ahead of me and I am thankful to have found a group that will have a firm understanding of what I am about
to go through. And although I have read the horror stories, I am comforted by the fact that there are loads of folks out there that have had successful surgeries and regain a normal life. I am scared beyond belief but have faith in my surgeon...
I am now less than 24 hours away....wish me luck!
Post Edited (Fit2Btied) : 11/18/2014 12:22:43 PM (GMT-7)