Archive for February 8th, 2007

Gastro Update


Well, I went to see my gastroenterologist yesterday. I went alright. Considering my “doctor anxiety” I was actually feeling quite fine about it. He seems like a decent enough guy and I really want to get moving with all of this.

For those of you not up to speed, after my first consult, he had sent me for some bloodwork and an x-ray. I was kind of unimpressed as I knew I needed more. The x-ray was not discussed (I knew it would reveal nothing) but the bloodwork was mildly interesting. Hemoglobin normal (as were Thyroid, Glucose…can’t remember what else was ordered) but some mild “abnormalities” showed up with iron and inflammation markers. However, they weren’t off the scales so nothing to be alarmed about?

I have indeed lost more weight. More than I actually thought I had. About the same amount that I had lost in several months, now over the course of a few weeks. That appears to be a bit of a concern? We both agreed that the cumulative amount is rather high for someone who is not actively trying to lose. And yes, I suppose losing weight so rapidly is also…well, perhaps indicative of something? Who knows…

So an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy with appropriate biopsies have been ordered. But not for another two months. Oh, how I wish it was sooner!

I came home and told my partner. She positively hit the roof about the weight issue. She told me I an “gaunt.” I am not. I am not emaciated. I am thinner, to be sure but I am certainly not gaunt.

She has taken it upon herself to start buying me Ensure for sustenance. Or at least she said she would. Eating is troublesome, yes. I am currently trying to choke down some oatmeal as I write this. I tried to explain to her that sometimes, oftentimes eating hurts! She is mad at me for not eating. I am trying. I don’t want to fight about my medical conditions and appropriate treatments…I’m too tired and I feel I need to pursue things on my terms. I know she cares but last night when I was simply trying to express my feelings–well, there was some dissent.

So anyway, that’s the scoop for now.