Friday, February 13, 2009

Medical Stuff



For a few months now, I've had difficulty breathing. Whenever I do any kind of physical activity, I start to wheeze. I went to see the doctor about it and he tried lots of stuff - an EKG, a chest x-ray, asthma treatments... then I said it felt more like it was in my throat, not in my lungs - like asthma in my throat. So, he tried acid reflux medication in case I had stomach acid eating at my esophagus, but that didn't work either. So, I went in yesterday to see an ear nose and throat (ENT) doctor. He sprayed a numbing spray up my nose, which then dripped down my throat, and then he put a fiber optic camera up my nose and down my throat to have a look. I've attached the picture of what we saw. I have a bunch of tissue that is blocking off my airway, so the little hole that is left for me to breathe through is the size of a soda straw hole. The ENT that I saw called up an even more specialist ENT at LDS hospital and that new doctor, Dr. Smith, had me come down to LDS hospital yesterday afternoon so he could have a look. He looked too, and said I need to have at least 2 surgeries to remove and biopsy the tissue. I'm also having more tests done to see if I have an autoimmune disease that can cause this. My first sugery is on March 6. Isn't this just SO fun?

4 comments:

Melissa Woodruff said...

That's horrible! Let me know if there's anything I can do.

Stephanie said...

Oh no! Im sorry to hear that Sarah. =( Were so far away but if you need anything let me know!!

Stevens girl said...

It's so much fun getting old isn't it? Our poor bodies sure cannot handle as much as they did when we were younger. I hope everything goes well.

Chandie said...

Oh my gosh! I am a little behind and just read this. I'm so sorry!! I hope everything goes well. Please keep us updated and we'll keep you in our prayers. Good luck!