A few months ago I started having problems swallowing my food. My doctor scheduled me for an upper endoscopy, which revealed that my esophagus was damaged from acid reflux. If untreated, the damaged area could possibly become pre-cancerous.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term, an upper endoscopy is a procedure used to visually examine your upper digestive system with a tiny camera on the end of a long, flexible tube.
For the past few months, I’ve taken a generic Prevacid and dramatically changed my diet (cutting out fried foods, tomatoes and tomato based products – very acidic, chocolate, and almost all carbonated caffeinated beverages – my biggest vice.)
Today, after waking from my second endoscopy, my doctor informed me that my esophagus is almost completely healed and I can begin weaning myself off of the medicine. I also have to continue the diet and lose more around my midsection. Then I can eat whatever I would like, at least in moderation. Unfortunately, my wife’s definition of moderation can be translated as “absolute zero consumption.”
Thank you all for your concern and prayers.