Diagnostics 101: Endoscopy

HEALTH-challenged as I am, I have gone through a lot of diagnostic procedures in the past in order to detect or discover new conditions or to check on the status of the current ones.

One such procedure is Endoscopy, which I thought of featuring, starting initially under a new blog Category I am naming Diagnostics 101. I went through it today, July 30, 2017, as ordered by a doctor who saw me when I got admitted at the Casualty of Amiri Hospital for observation. I complained then of epigastric pain, abdominal distention, nausea and passing on and off of tarry stools. It was also ordered to find out if my gastritis and hiatal hernia are still around.

Endoscopy is a procedure making use of a tiny scope, with a camera and light at the end, which is inserted through the mouth and passes the throat in order to visualize the upper gastrointestinal tract (GI Tract): esophagus, stomach and duodenum.

The procedure went uneventfully and I woke up at the Recovery Room just after an hour. The last thing I knew, after the anesthesia was injected intravenously, was the doctor holding a long curved tube as he readied it for insertion into my mouth which was fixed with a plastic device with a round opening at the center.

Findings, via a report which was handed to me by the nurse as soon as I woke up, showed a new condition: GERD Grade 1, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. My gastritis is already mild. The hiatal hernia, which was visualized in the two previous Endoscopy procedures, is now gone! I felt relieved and satisfied I refused initially the surgery to correct the hernia. The hernia got resolved on its own, Al Hamdullilah!

CT scan of the chest, abdomen and pelvis is the next procedure which I will go through, on August 13, 2017, for follow up of my cancer. A CT scan of my sinuses, gone through last June 14, 2017, was the previous procedure before the Endoscopy today. It got discovered that I have chronic sinusitis, another condition added to my collection of diseases.

The past procedures I have gone through will be featured one by one, including the new ones and all will be under Category Diagnostics 101.

About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *