Monday, April 28, 2008

Photos from Endoscopy

A month later ... but I'm finally getting around to posting a couple of photos from my endoscopy. In the first photo, you can see several of the ulcers basically in a ring around my esophagus ...

In this photo, you can see another large ulcer in another area of the esophagus.

In all, they took about 8 days to heal up. Lesson learned ... take doxy in middle of day, with LOTS and LOTS of water, and make sure I'm upright. I was off the doxy for a couple weeks but I am back on now, so far so good. If I forget to take it during the day I will just skip it from now on, I don't ever want to go through the esophageal again!

On another note, a week from Thursday I go in to get my SureSmile wire on. Although I can't visualize what changes the wire will bring about, I can only imagine I will get some major torquing and twisting of my teeth, getting them in line for surgery. I am wondering how bad my bite will be as I get close to surgery ... only time will tell.

I am looking forward to my SureSmile date because this is supposedly when my OD will tell me I can schedule my surgery! I can't believe I am getting close enough to schedule ... YIKES! But I am prepared for what lies ahead, and just looking forward to getting on with the process to be able to put this chapter of my life behind me, although I know it is a long haul uphill before I get there.


Heather said...

Your esophegeal ulcers looked painful! Glad to hear you're feeling and doing better. Happy to hear you're getting a surgery date too. Things are moving right along for you now. Good luck with everything.

ingrid said...

Hi there! I stumbled upon your blog through someone else's ortho surgery blog.

Ouch! Hope you're feeling better.

Good luck with getting a surgery date! I remember how excited I was to finally have a surgery date.

Grace said...

yuck...Hi Stephani. I'm "Gina" from the Yahoo Orthognatic Surgery Support message boards.
I started blogging 2 weeks into post-op recovery, and so glad you have one too!

One question, how did you get your x-rays posted? I have print-outs and tried photocopying/scanning it into my computer then converting it to a JPEG and it looks bad. I posted them anyways. But yeah, did you just ask your doctor for his electronic files? Same w/ the great before/after teeth pictures.

Once I figure out how to add links to other ppl's Orthoblogs on my blog, I'll add you. You've been such a great resource for me. Esp. w/ the info on Doxy. I now deal w/ it better and I have half a week left of my Doxy run. :)