Patty I'm grateful for your comments re my gerd surgery issues. I am 69 years old widowed 7 years from husband who I adored. My siblings are all older and all had major health events from which they resumed full happy lives in these years . I own my home and survived financial losses in 2008-2009 that were divistating. I have macular degeneration since 2008 and have injections every 5 weeks which are painful , time consuming and restrict travel 7 days after. I believe that despite many losses I am described as a talented designer, painter and Antique Dealer . I look much younger than my age , I'm confusing to family and friends because I always look so great. But clearly , my insides were coming undone, giant hernias pushing into esophagus and breathing mimicking asthma led to surgery this summer. I would communicate privately but I'm not good at this computer stuff it took me 2hours to get on the site . I am at home , doing the minimum at week 7 .Blood tests way improved from anemia, protein, pneumonia. I want input.