Monday, February 21, 2011
More pounds lost, diagnosis made
I went to the convenient care center today to weigh myself and was suprised to find that I have lost more weight. I have lost a total of 175 pounds. I am 15 pounds away from my first final goal. I recently went to have some tests done by my gastroenterologist because I wanted answers to my nausea and vomiting. I found out that I have gastritis. For those of you who don't know gastritis is inflamation of the lining of the stomach. My doctor did a biopsy of the lining of my stomach to find out if it is caused by a bactia called H. pilori. If it is; she will prescribe antibiotics for a few weeks and some prescription strength ant-acid. I am relieved to have the cause of all my digestive problems. Tomorrow, I have an appointment with my lap band surgeon to remove the fluid from my band. I am hoping this will help with restriction that I feel. I have an appointment with a spinal surgeon at Rush on Tuesday March 8th. I was told by my regular back surgeon that I would need a laminectomy and spinal fusion at L4,L5, and S1. The doctor in Chicago is a second opinion recommended by a friend from church. If he said I should have the surgery, I will have him do it since he is a nationally recognized back surgeon. This surgury will likely happen in June after school is out. Please pray for healing of the gastritis and the appointment with the new back surgeon.