As many of you already know, I’m in the hospital as a result of anemia. I had dizziness, fatigue, and shortness of breath while upright on Sunday evening. After a doctors visit, where he discovered my hemoglobin was bordering on non-existant, I was admitted to the hospital where I received three units of blood.
Today, they performed an EGD. Which is a procedure where they stuff a scope down your throat and examine your esophagus (the E), your stomach (the G), and your duodenum (the D) for ulcers, polyps, tumors, and other sundry abnormalities. As this is done by the same doctor who does colonoscopies, the key is to get the correct scope. In my case they did. They found an ulcer in my stomach, so while they were in there, cauterized it and clamped it with a small metal clamp.
Since they pump air into your gut so they can get a better look, one of the side effects is that I sounded like a one-man campfire scene from Blazing Saddles.
So they’re going to keep me for at least another day to make sure I don’t spring a leak and to top off my blood with a couple more quarts. Apparently I’m still a little low.
I feel much better…in fact, I feel fine. Thanks for asking.
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