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Mike’s Health Update
June 15th, 2011 by Mike

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.1 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.2

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.

© 2011, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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  1. esophagogastroduodenoscopy []
  2. I need to figure out how to market these for model building []

4 Responses  
  • Sweet Dau #2 writes:
    June 15th, 201119:47at

    YAYYYYYYY!!! Glad you’re feeling fine and that they found the leak and were able to repair it. Love you SO!!! Cya soon! xo

  • bonnie writes:
    June 16th, 201108:41at

    Glad they got to the source. My sister was admitted for severe anemia but I don’t remember them finding a cause. Then again I remember little. I also tend to me anemic, can no longer donate blood.

  • Mike writes:
    June 16th, 201111:52at

    Thanks for your good thoughts, Bonnie.

  • Mike writes:
    June 16th, 201111:53at

    Two days and a wake up! Love you!!!!!!!


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