Big Fat Queer

June 9, 2011

Inside My Stomach

If you click the picture above it enlarges.

I had an upper endoscopy today to rule out abnormalities in the stomach in preparation for surgery. Other than some minor gastritis all was good. The gastroenterologist lit up when he saw who my surgeon is and said he is one of the best in the country. That is encouraging. When I left he said that I had made a “wise and courageous decision”. I do hope he is right.

I had what was referred to as general anesthesia today, but I was never completely unconscious. I do have some anxieties about anasthesia and sleep apnea. For the surgery I will need to be completely under, so I need to lose about 30 pounds before then. It will make me feel a little less anxious. The anxiety is probably not completely rational. This is a major hospital on the vanguard of this kind of surgery and I am sure their anesthesiologists know how to deal with apnea since they operate on obese people, but I still don’t like the idea of being in an induced coma. Perhaps it has to do with control issues.

I got out of the doctor’s office around 4 pm and could not get a cab so I started walking home. I never got a cab so I walked about a mile in 100 degree heat. Probably not the smartest thing to do after anesthesia, but it is the most continuous walking I’ve done in a while.


  1. No fair! I didn’t get pictures of my stomach when I had this done.

    Comment by Elizabeth Martin — June 9, 2011 @ 11:07 pm | Reply

    • I had hoped there would be video tape, but he only recorded stills. I asked in advance for a copy presumably for my records. I don’t know if he knew I wanted to plaster pictures of my guts all over the web 🙂

      Comment by bigfatqueer — June 10, 2011 @ 11:46 am | Reply

  2. Dont worry, ive had that done many a time, i tend to throw up after i come round though, so have a dish ready 😉

    i feel as though i have slightly violated you looking at those pictures lol

    people who are made unconscious are constantly monitored,but im not entirely sure if having sleep apnea even happens when your airways are being kept open and a machine does your breathing for you

    you just have to make sure of one very important thing, have visitors =)

    not getting to talk to anyone is a bitch, espically when youll have nice blue stitches to show off! Goodluck!

    Comment by rob — June 11, 2011 @ 4:13 am | Reply

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