Monday I had the upper GI scope (I think it is called an EDG) which showed no ulcers in the stomach or at the anastomosis. The doctor did note chronic bile reflux and possibly gastric motility disorder as a result of the ‘Whipple’ surgery (or PPPD). Apparently the surgery requires the severing of a gastric nerve that is related to stomach contractility and the hunger pains that we feel – well, that I used to feel. I know when I need to eat, but I do not get the hunger pains that I used to prior to surgery. He put me on two more meds in addition to an over the counter fiber product (Benefiber). I have not noticed a huge change in my symptoms other than I cannot remember half of the stuff that went on following the EDG. That is why they tell you to bring a driver to get you home safely. It is almost like you were dreaming all that happened. Everything went smooth, thank God.
I have been on the roller coaster since Monday. I hope the new meds will help because this gets so old – not knowing what condition you’ll be in each morning you wake up - and yet you come to appreciate a brief 2 or 3 hours of feeling good to where you can actually tool around in the yard and get something productive accomplished. I caught myself staring at a guy in his car while he was sitting at a red light as I was coming back from the store today. I was thinking, “He is probably coming home from work, I wonder where he works, if he likes his job, etc.” I found that kind of odd, since I do not recall ever thinking anything like that before. Hmm . . .
I greatly appreciate the comments from you all this week. It is a blessing to know you’ve got my (our) back covered. We are thanking God for what He is doing and what He is going to do in our midst. Jesus is coming to town.
TGIF. Hope you have a great weekend.