Yesterday I went to my follow up appointment with the gastroenterology specialist that did my endoscopy a few months ago. I almost didn't go because I feel absolutely fine, no ill effects from the illness/procedure.
Well. Glad I went!
Turns out it wasn't just a polyp they removed, but something called Brunner's gland hamartoma. (It is actually a very rare thing to have and to happen - my doctor gave me a medical journal article that was recently published about it because it is so interesting, to him anyway, hahaha) The thing itself is benign, but it has a high correlation with stomach cancer. So they have to do another endoscopy and make SURE they got it all out. There is also a chance that, if it goes too deep into the organ wall, they will have to do a full surgery (ugh, that scares me) to remove it.
But - it is better to know these things than not. To take care of them than to not.
What strikes me is that, if I hadn't scheduled and gone to a follow up appointment, that information might have fallen through the cracks and I might never have known how important it was to do another endoscopy.
I had those feelings of "I don't like the doctor, I don't want to go, I feel fine, I'm fine, blah blah blah."
I'm fine right now. But I have to do work to give myself a better chance of being fine in the future.
That's what this blog is about. Eating to prepare your body for a long, healthy life. Exercising to do the same. Caring for your mind and spirit so you thrive. Going to the doctor yearly, the gynecologist yearly, the dentist, and all the other specialists who can help us.
I'm not a hypochondriac. I don't run to the doctor for everything.
But this human body is complicated. Fragile at the same time it is durable. There is maintenance to be done!
So mid-May, I'll go back in for an endoscopy, hopefully they can finish removing the thingy at that point and I won't need any more surgery. We will see!
Take care, my friends!