I never did get around to blogging about the fact that I did have an endoscopy a couple of Thursdays ago. This pesky reflux has its ups and downs, and sometimes I can't even sleep! I complained to my Transplant Coordinator, explaining to her how uncomfortable this was. She ordered the endoscopy.
Lemme just say this- I have a SERIOUS gag reflex. I've had endoscopies before, and they consisted of a drowsy Miz Flow dry heaving absolutely nothing since I had been fasting since the night before. This time, I explained that my gag reflex was out of control. I was given some medication to calm me.
I kid you not- the next thing I remember is opening my eyes and seeing my fully uniformed father smiling at me. "...is it over?" I said, in my genuinely surprised voice. "Yup!" said Pops. I guess they gave me the good stuff and knocked me ALL the way out.. Hey, fine by me!
Anyhow, Dr. Lily did mention that I did have minor redness/swelling near the bottom of my throat due to reflux. He suggested that I continue on with the pantaloc that I'm currently taking for 90 days, then re-evaluate at that time. Well, this is what he told me Dad and what he wrote in a half page report that he provides to all of his patients after completing an colonoscopy, endoscopy, ect. If I had been even semi-alert, I'd have told him that I've been on pantaloc for a loooong time, and when my coordinator tried to stop it as it seemed to possibly be affecting some of my blood results, my body/reflux/throat was having NONE OF IT. I actually had to stop in the middle of work and walk to the local Zellers to buy zantac. It was minimally effective, but it was better than nothing I suppose. Dr. Lily did confirm that it was likely the medication that I was on that was causing these reflux symptoms. Guess I'm just going to have to live with it and keep taking something to keep my acid at bay. I wonder if there are any methods of controlling reflux that are more natural..something to think about.