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Scope

Well, I had my scope last Thursday. First I have to say, conscious sedation is the weirdest thing! I have had it several times in the past, but it is still so strange!

The scope didn’t show anything other than a small hiatal hernia (which may be the cause of the reflux), and the doctor did a few biopsies (several on my esophagus and several in my small intestine to rule out celiac disease). Both of those came back negative.

So now what? I know this is crazy, but I was really hoping the scope or biopsies would show something that could be easily fixed. I know, I should be thankful that nothing majorly serious is wrong. And I am. But I am also disappointed. So now the search for more answers. The next step is to visit an allergy doctor to rule out food allergies. I may just have to learn to live with acid reflux! Which I know a ton of people do, so I can do it to. I would just rather not!

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Struggles and Lessons

I think most of you are also my FB friends, so you have heard much of this there. For the last several months I have been struggling with some GI issues. My doctor thought it was acid reflux and started me on an acid reflux medication. It helped some but not completely, and I had a lot of nausea which was interfering with the things I wanted to do, so I cold turkey stopped taking it about 1 month ago. Bad idea. Apparently there is something called acid rebound that occurs (in some people) when you stop taking acid reflux medications. Your stomach produces large amounts of acid, even more than before you went on the medication, and you have horrid, horrid acid reflux symptoms. The first few days off the medication were a nightmare–I had constant burning, and eating only made it worse. On top of that, I also had horrible anxiety. After about a week, Jason went out of town for 5 days, and I thought I might lose my mind.

Thankfully, things have gotten much, much better. I still have some GI issues and am having a scope next week so they can get an idea of what’s going on in my belly, but things have improved dramatically. And I have learned so much through the process. What are some of the lessons I have learned:

1. God is good. I don’t know how I would have made it through this trial without my faith.

2. My family is amazing! My mom was so wonderful throughout the whole ordeal. She called and texted me multiple times a day, especially while Jason was gone, to check and see how I was doing. It meant the world to me!

3. I need people! I have always prided myself on being an independent person, but I don’t know how I would have made it through without so much support from others. It was amazing! And I am thankful for FB–it really helped me throughout my struggles.

4. I need to be more compassionate.

I have a new admiration for people with chronic illnesses–I am a terrible sick person, and I cannot imagine feeling so badly every day for a long time.

I know good things will come from this, and I pray that the lessons I have learned will stick with me. It is easy to get complacent and forget the hard times, but those hard times make us better people (even though they are awfully hard when we are in the midst of them).

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