Well, yesterday I saw the doctor for my follow up appointment. Unfortunately, he told me I could come back to work today. 😉 No, in truth, the only reason he let me come back was because I have a desk job, otherwise I’d have been off longer.
He said it looked like everything was going well. The fact that food isn’t getting stuck like before proves that. They didn’t get all the twisted part of my esophagus out because that would have taken too much, but they got enough to help for now–including taking care of the constriction.
Of course, there was nothing they could do to get the muscle function back in my esophagus, but I knew that going into the surgery—which is why I will have to have the entire thing removed eventually and a new one built out of my stomach. It’s still hard to swallow at times because of this, but again, there’s nothing that can be done.
I’m on a restricted diet for two more weeks then I can slowly start trying other foods. It will just be hit and miss to see what I can and can’t swallow. Only lost about twelve pounds through all this. I still need to lose about sixty more—in case I didn’t mention it before, I’m one of the few people with achalasia that is overweight and not malnourished.
I’ll be on some medications for a while and then I can see if I can stop them or if I may need them for the rest of my life. It’s a slow process. I’m still a little sore at the incisions and inside my chest, but that’s to be expected.
I think that covers everything. If anyone has any questions or comments about the disease and its treatment—with me, yourself, someone you know, or just in general—please ask or share. I can obviously only comment on my experience with treatment, though.