EGD

Tomorrow morning I am supposed to report to the gastroenterology specialist at a surgical center for them to do an EGD (also known as esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy). So nothing to eat or drink after midnight.

I worried about doing anything medical until after the virus scare is gone. But the Dr. says the procedure is deemed needful and is approved. I wrote about my esophageal spasms in my post on March 17th. My father and twin sister have both had the procedure… apparently they will put a balloon down my throat and inflate it, to stretch where the constriction is. I will be asleep through the process. I don’t know why it makes me so nervous.

She found me! …

The tables have turned. A fellow blogger, doing research, found my blog post on Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) and has taught me about Achalasia.

Achalasia is a heterogeneous [ diverse in character] disease categorized by various intensities of esophageal contractions.

When Terri was first diagnosed with Achalasia, she was told she would need to stick to a liquid diet for a while. Not only was she limited to a liquid diet but she was also limited to consuming 6- 8 ounces of liquid every 2 hours.

After Terri had surgery,she discovered that she would be limited to a mechanical soft food diet permanently. A mechanical soft diet is made up of foods that require less chewing than in a regular diet.

[Slightly better than] A puréed diet is made up of foods that require no chewing, such as mashed potatoes and pudding. Other foods may be blended or strained to make them the right consistency.

Terri states: “I belong to several Achalasia and Healthy Eating support groups on Facebook and have been saddened and overwhelmed by the frustration people experience trying to find food to eat much less healthy food to eat. Not everyone has supportive friends and family. And to be honest, I have not heard of anyone else being gifted recipes. So… I will share the recipes I was given as I try them. And on bad days where I have to go back to liquid for a while? I will share those liquid diet / pureed recipes, too.

“I know everyone with dysphagia – whether from Achalasia or some other issue – will have problems with different things. I know that what works today may make you choke, aspirate or regurgitate tomorrow. But these recipes I was gifted, I gift to you. They are not set in stone. They were shared to help me live my best life and I share them in turn to help you also live your best life.

THUS, I am sharing Terri’s site https://achalasiaeats.wordpress.com/recipes/ with my readers: ‘follow’ her, to gain recipes as they become posted.