Jul 08, 2009 - 3:59 pm
My husband just had an endoscopy this morning. I was expecting the results to be an ulcer. I felt like someone dropped a house on me when the doctor lead us into a private room to tell us that he did not like what he saw during the procedure. He found a swollen lesion at the base of the esophagus above the stomach. He did biopsies and wants a CAT scan done as soon as possible to see if anything has spread outside to the lymph nodes, etc. My husband just had gall bladder laparoscopic removal in April and had lost weight because he was not eating due to the pain. He can swallow without a problem, but has pain when it gets to the bottom of his esophagus. He is a big man, but he has lost 60 lbs since April. He does eat but not as much as he used to. He did weigh 360 and is now 300. We are fortunate in that his CAT scan is scheduled for tomorrow. We are going to a local hospital for testing, but will probably go to Fox Chase CC once this is officially diagnosed.
How do I support him while I myself am falling apart? Mind you, on top of all this, I am an Episcopal Deacon. I am the one who is supposed to be strong.