Friday splash - Life in the Fast / Slow Lane

Friday Splash!

Yesterday I went to Kaiser to have my endoscopy.  Talk about nerve wracking.   No matter how hard I tried to relax, it was virtually impossible.  While on the outside you may looked relaxed, being hooked up to a bunch of monitors tells a different story.   "Oh, I'm fine, I'm not nervous at all." doesn't cut it.  Especially when you have three different nurses bustling about, hooking you up to this, that and the other and a doctor looking at you with a stern expression.  I'm beginning to think that's his natural look.  The G.I. specialist - I've only meet him twice.  Last month, in the emergency room when I got the steak stuck in my throat and yesterday when he did the endoscopy.  His question - "are you always this nervous?"    Hah!   

Due to the sedation, I miraculously feel asleep somewhere in the middle of the procedure.  What was particularly odd before I feel asleep was hearing myself burping a few times and the doctor saying "oh my."  I woke up in recovery feeling groggy and a slight sore throat.   Father and James arrived back at the hospital around the same time they called to let them know it was time to come back. I sent them off on errands while having the procedure - give them something to do other than sit and worry and be bored.   I came home and dozed for a few hours. 

Doctor T said I have Eosinophilic Esophagitis which is caused by allergies.   During the endoscopy he did the balloon thing to widen my esophagus and did some biopsies.  He did say I have furrows instead of rings, which is indicative of allergies.   He wants to wait until the results of the biopsies are in before taking any further action.  Funny thing is he never asked me about any food allergies.   I had multiple food allergies when I was a little girl to wheat, corn, eggs, etc.   I thought I had outgrown those allergies, but perhaps not.   Maybe I just learned to ignore the symptoms.  I had allergy testing done again  20 years ago too, when we moved to Northern California so I'm going to go searching through my files and see if I can find it. 

Tonight is the big Cub Scout Pinewood Derby race.   James and Father worked on their cars all day long yesterday and the cars still aren't finished.  Yep, father decided to build a car this year, too.  So he ordered all this special stuff which didn't come in until Tuesday.  James finally got his car painted last night after Father finished adding special weights and what not to the car.   Father worked on his car most of the night and about 4:00 a.m. I woke up and told him to put everything away, clean up the mess and come to bed.   He'll be putting the finishing touches on the cars, including the wheels and testing the cars before dashing into work to do payroll, then home again for the derby.  Maybe I should offer to do payroll.  Hmmm!  

What have I been reading:  I finished The Mists of Avalon by Miriam Zimmer Bradley for the dare challenge.  Very good book.  I thought I had read it before, but realized I hadn't.   Will have to check out the other two books she wrote in the series.   I also finished All Together Dead #7 and From Dead to Worse #8 in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.    Will try and wait for #9 Dead and Gone to come out in paperwork in April, but we'll see.  I thoroughly enjoyed the series and not sure if I can wait.    Yesterday I finished The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer which will be coming out in February.   He is offering one autographed copy of the book in a giveaway to one of my readers so will be looking for that review next week sometime.  I haven't had any time to write any reviews since 2010 started.  I hope to rectify that soon.  


Did you know that this week is National Delurking Week.  So for those of you quiet ones - who have been following - please take a moment, delurk, say hi, introduce yourself.  Don't be shy. I won't bite.


  1. Hi! ;)

    My grandfather had to have that thing where they stretch out your throat, too. But he only had to have it done once.

  2. Food allergies are a pain! Literally. I'm sorry! :S

    Ooh! Books! I love hearing about all the books you've read and enjoyed. It's fun to see what everyone is reading.

  3. You are the only person I have ever met who is even remotely allergic to corn. I used to be, and people (even doctors) think that is weird. Especially because corn gave me a fat lip instead of the usual allergic reaction.

    Kind of a strange thing for us to have in common, but there it is.

    Glad your procedure was mostly un-memorable. You were very brave! They would have had to hit me with a hammer just to get me into the room.

  4. I hope that things work okay for you food-wise. I don't have any strong food allergies (thank goodness), but I have to avoid red wine because it makes my face break out.

    Glad the tests came off without a hitch.

  5. You had a hectic week. Glad to know that you got some answers though. Looks like you read some great books. I hope the boys had a great time at the Derby race!!!


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