Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Irony

Yesterday I had my endoscopy done. Man, I want me some of that "conscious sedation" anesthesia! It was the best sleep I've had in months, beats the heck out of Ambien and Lunesta. And I only slept for about 20 minutes! I felt like I was out for hours.

Anyway, the doc said that I have Gastritis, that my stomach lining is a little inflamed. A little? All this pain I've been having and only a little? Not that I was hoping for any serious illness, but now I feel like I'm a big whus. He told me that it would heal. Ok, whatever.

The doctors are more concerned with other tests that have come back with questionable results. My B12 levels are borderline low. My family doctor wants me to have more blood work to check for Pernicious Anemia. I of course, looked it up on the internet, why do I do that to myself? It's not a good thing if left untreated. This Anemia can go hand in hand with Gastritis. It's most common in Scandinavians and Irish, which I am both.

Also, my liver enzymes are elevated so they want to check that. I have an ultrasound tomorrow. I have had blood tests to rule out any type of hepatitis. It may be a "fatty liver" which means I store extra fat there. Why wouldn't I have extra fat there? I've got extra fat EVERYWHERE else, why not there too. They may eventually have to biopsy. The doctor said, it doesn't happen often, but it can become "non-alcoholic cirrhosis".

On the way home from the procedure I said to Mr. Schmitty,

"Yea, wouldn't that be a kick in the f'ing teeth?"


"He (my dad) had hepatitis in his 20's and was told never to drink because of the liver damage. He drinks like a fish for the next 40+ years and I'll get the f'ing cirrhosis!"

Story of my life.


Mom on Coffee said...

The good, the bad, and the ugly, huh.

I'm glad you are finally getting some answers, though!!!

DraMa said...

Well that is just suckolicious! I'm sorry you are having to go thru all of that.

I say the same thing about lung cancer. My parents smoked all their lives and I'll be the one to get the lung cancer. Watch.

Anonymous said...

Store extra fat? Nah! I know you store that on the 3rd shelf in the pantry.

Babybull40 said...

At least you got to sleep..Sucks to go through all that.. I know all about stored fat.. I too have the same problem.. but it's slowly melting away...

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Elle said...

Yikes. Sorry that is really rough!! Thank goodness you werne't awake for any of that!

Maria said...

Yes. At least you are getting some answers. And I struggle with anemia all the time. At first, I didn't get it. I pictured anemic women as these frail little flower women, but I assure you...I am no wilting violet.

And the elevated liver thing? That is actually one of those common tests. A lot of people test high on those. I did twice and nothing ever came of it.

I'm just glad you have some directions!