It’s been a ridiculously long and embarrassing amount of time since I’ve written here and I apologize for that. Sometimes there’s just no time or no words to say what you want to say. Other times, there’s just nothing worth reporting. More often than not, though, lately, there just hasn’t been anything good to say.
We’re having another stressful siege with PD’s health. This time it’s not Meniere’s-related. We don’t think so anyway.
Several months ago he started having intermittent problems swallowing. In a relatively short period of time it became more and more frequent and it became obvious that it was time to see a doctor. An endoscopy was set up with the intent of stretching the Schatzki ring and while they were down there it was decided that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take a couple of snips for biopsy. That was June 10th. He’s not been able to eat solid food since midnight on June 9th. Yeah.
Weird part is that he’s had the endoscopy done twice before, and the ring stretched also, with no problems. Sometimes people have a narrowing of the opening of the esophagus. That narrowing is called the Schatzki ring and there is a procedure called an esophogeal dilation using a balloon to stretch it to enable easier swallowing. It’s not always permanent and often the stretching is needed every so often.
Normally the procedure doesn’t merit any kind of problems or follow-up. We have been back to the doctor once, to the emergency room and back to the hospital for more tests. Xrays have been taken, 2 CT scans done and two barium swallows to check for perforations or tears in the esophogeal wall. The biopsies both came back normal.
PD is having severe pain (like a very sore throat) accompanied by a kind of spasming in his neck and throat area on one side. Often times when he is able to eat (those times are becoming more frequent, thankfully, considering that he has lost a considerable amount of weight) his throat will spasm to the point where he has to stop eating until it subsides. He’s been able to eat yogurt, pudding, a little icecream, broth and a liquid nutritional supplement. He was very weak for days but is getting some of his strength back.
His gastrointestinal doc is rather baffled as to what is going on. He’s prescribed an antibiotic on the off chance of the possibility of an infection in there. The improvement has not been great but he does feel a little better so maybe there was some infection in there. Hard to tell.
He’s seeing an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist on Tuesday and we’re hoping to get some answers and treatment then. He’s angry and frustrated and I can’t blame him at all. Plus, I’m tiring of eating in the closet. I don’t like to eat real food in front of him, he gets jealous. And he keeps trying to smell my food and that’s just weird.
I am near the end of my 12-day vacation. The original plan was to stay home and enjoy my house and yard and husband and get together with some friends. Our grandson was going to spend a week or so with us. There was a point where it seemed that a hospital stay for PD was a possibility so that plan was cancelled. I’m not sure who was most disappointed. As it turned out, so far, no hospital stay. But it’s not been much fun for any of us. But PD has gotten caught up on several hundred episodes of MacGyver and Bones. And no, that was not fun for anyone else but PD. Meaning me.