Whew* I can breathe now.
Where to begin on this one… Lynda underwent some treatments sometime back for a cancer scare that she had, and with that, underwent some IV therapies that seems to have caused some damage to the small intestine.
There is a junction where the small intestine and the large intestine meet. and Lynda’s small intestine, at that point, had a “stricture” which is a fancy way of saying that the intestine simply closed up.. down to such a small size that regular food could not pass. The doctors were puzzled, no real reason for it, but they also knew that it would have to be surgically corrected. Lynda did do her best to try to fix it naturally, through eating gentle foods and supplements that promote intestinal health, but alas, it failed to have results.
So, the surgeon went in with a endoscope and found that the intestine was exactly as they suggested, a simple stricture with a straightforward correctional procedure. There was fear that it might have been a mass or something else, but the doctor said there was no signs of cancer anywhere, hell, he even looked at her liver… all clear.
He also agrees that Lynda was probably right, that the stricture was probably caused by her treatment. And with that, she has been given a clean bill of health. Our departure date of June 28th is still on track, and once she recovers, we will continue training for our hiking trips.
And one more point, when the doctor says endoscope? small scars? They are correct, but the procedure? is about as invasive as it gets.. I saw the pictures… OUCH OUCH OUCH OUCH… remind me to stay healthy.
Happy Dance Time!