Rock the Boat
Posted by wendiwendy
Dave decided to shake things up a bit, and he called the VA yesterday to get the results of his endoscopy. He’s never done this before; I wasn’t even sure they would give him the results over the phone. Unlike the other tests he’s had, though, these results really mean something to him. He’s tired of taking Prilosec and Tagamet and getting no relief; he really wants this surgery and he wants it soon.
There is no cancer (yay!!) but he does have gastritis and a large hiatal hernia. He was sure he had the hernia so he was feeling really validated by that finding. Dave was pretty upbeat and excited when he got off the phone, because things are moving ahead for the surgery that will hopefully put an end to his coughing and need for the medicines.
First, though, he has some other things to get out of the way. They noticed he was waiting for the liver biopsy to be scheduled, so they decided to get that done before his next visit with his hepatologist (liver doc). I was watching the captioning scroll by on the CapTel phone, and I swear I saw that he had an appointment with the hepatologist on Feb. 14. Valentine’s Day! On top of that, they scheduled the liver biopsy for Feb. 2, which is our nine year wedding anniversary. Geez, are they trying to squash all the romance for us?! 😉
He’s got another hematology visit on Jan. 26 – this is the routine bloodwork and doctor visit to make sure the leukemia isn’t coming back (this was the test that uncovered the low platelets at the end of last year). Dave goes for these visits every couple of months or so.
Then he has the liver biopsy on Feb. 2, and he should get the results when he sees the liver doctor (possibly on Feb. 14, but we aren’t sure because he hasn’t gotten any paperwork or official notice of that appointment yet). This should tell the doctor the extent of damage (if any) to his liver, so he can get started on the proper treatment for Hepatitis C.
Somewhere in there, he has to get a test that will tell the gastrologist how much acid his stomach is producing. I think it involves swallowing something – a quick online search leads me to believe it’s possibly the Heidelberg Capsule Test, because Dave mentioned swallowing something that would test the acid level in his stomach, but afterward he would just, uh, pass it naturally and they wouldn’t be retrieving it or anything. (gack!!) I think this is the last test he has to get before they will (hopefully) schedule him for the fundoplication surgery.
So, the news is pretty good so far, and thanks to Dave rockin’ the boat a bit, his medical journey is progressing a bit faster now.