Friday, February 26, 2010
I set my alarm this morning so I could hydrate at 5:00 a.m. The original note from doctor told me to be n.p.o. from midnight until 2 in the afternoon which I felt was unreasonable. So I called the endoscopy suite and asked a nurse. She said I could have clear liquids and my prescriptions at 5:00 a.m. so I did. I chugged down 3 cups of water and 1 large cup of red tea. It will be hard to remember not to eat or drink this morning. I decided after doing my morning sparking I will go back to bed and watch t.v. (staying out of the kitchen). My friend, Maureen, is going to pick me up about 11:30 and wait for me and then bring me home afterwards as I will be having anesthesia. This is the third endoscopy I have had to look at some incidentally found growths (tumors or cysts) on my pancreas which were found on ultrasound before I had my gallbladder out about 2 years ago. So far, so good. They are small and one biopsy was done which was noncancerous. My specialist does not say much except I did nothing to cause this and I can do nothing to make it better. (I was hoping for a list of foods to avoid, but other than saying alcohol is bad, he has not given me any suggestions.) I have not had alcohol for about 25 years and have no intention of drinking ever again.
I have googled pancreas and related illnesses in the past and am not about to upset myself this morning by doing that again. The specialist said I am lucky they found the growths when they were small as most of these are found at advanced stages as pancreatic disease does not usually have symptoms until then.
I guess I will just count myself among the lucky few and accept what comes, of course, hoping for the best.