Thursday, August 13, 2009

Lucas' Test

Esophogastroduodenoscopy with biopsy. That’s the name of the procedure Lucas underwent yesterday. Don’t try this at home, and by that I mean, trying to pronounce the procedure. It is a mouthful.

I am not feeling terribly creative this morning, so I am gonna give it to ya straight. Lucas was nervous and apprehensive about the whole thing, asking me and everyone else lots of questions...“How big is the camera? Will I dream when I am out? Will it hurt? What would happen if I ran away right now?” To that last question, I answered that it was not a good idea to try and escape because I think they would run after him. “But what if I got away?” he pushed. “Then you would be standing in the parking lot in that hospital gown.” He decided to stay put.

He said the last thing he remembers before going under was saying,”I wish my parents were here” (that warms a mother’s heart). Then he woke up in recovery and we sat around for an hour while he recuperated. He was feeling groggy and sort of crummy, as you could imagine.

The test was quick, about 30 minutes, and everything went smoothly. Dr. Ooops came out and talked to Ralph and me immediately after he took the tour of Lucas’ esophogus and stomach. The biopsy report will be back on Friday and I anticipate his stomach samples to be normal. There was no sign of ulcers or reflux and his stomach surgery is still intact. It was all good news. The only odd thing is that Lucas’ stomach is not a normal J shape. When his stomach empties food it has to travel straight up, like a rollercoaster clicking its way to the top of the wooden mountain, and then back down to the small bowel. This is no average stomach and could explain why after eating he gags, because food is backing up. Is it something we would want to surgically correct? Probably not.

By the evening Lucas felt well enough to go to the Ventura County Fair to see David Cook in concert. It was the fun part of an extremely long, tiring and stressful day, but I am not complaining, “It’s not like it was open-heart surgery”.

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