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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

barbed wire

Old farms and old junk piles go hand in hand.  

And they make for great pictures too.

Now, I'm going to share something which I don't normally do but it seemed to go with the rusty barbed wire in my photos so here goes.

My throat felt like I was swallowing barbed wire yesterday. 
I had a gastroscopy in the morning.  That's the test where they insert a narrow tube into your throat and esophagus and down into your stomach and have a look around.  After 3 hours of sleep the night before due to anxiety about this 'little' test, I survived it.
It is the 3rd time I've had this test in the past 8 years.  I sometimes have trouble swallowing dry foods like potatoes, bread etc. and always have to drink sips of water with my meals.  I also have a Niagara Falls of acid in my stomach for which I take medication.   It has been worse the past few months so the doctor and I thought it was time for another scope.  

I was thankful that it went well and I woke up right after the test as  when I had the test a few years ago I slept and slept.  I think they gave me too much relaxer or something that time.  I went in this time, with friends (and myself and Murray) praying it would go better than the last time and it did.  The doctor was very good and helpful and listened to my fears.  He took biopsies of some polyps that have been there for years.  Now I'm praying for good results on them.  

Yesterday was a clear liquids day.  I drank one glass of apple juice all day.  That's all I could manage as every time I swallowed it felt like I was swallowing a large lump.  I slept for 3 hours in the afternoon.  I remained quiet the rest of the day.  {I may have visited a few blogs.}   Last night I slept from 10:30 until 7:30.
Today my throat is much better.  There's a bit of a lump there but not like yesterday.  I am quite weak.  I usually have cereal and a banana for breakfast.  {and chocolate before noon haha}  I had some yogurt this morning and am drinking another glass of apple juice.  Today is a soft food day.  I have a pot of KD cooking at the moment and will try to eat some.  I'm getting hungry.  

It's all ready so I'm going to eat a few spoonfuls and see how it goes.  Cheers!

How is your week going?
Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your comments.




  1. Oh poor you Pamela - not fun!!!
    Enjoy your KD :)
    ( I mentioned KD in a post once and none of my American friends knew what it was - I had no idea it was a CDN thing lol )

  2. I do hope the test shows all is well, although it was more than a bit of a bother to get the test taken at all.
    I have no idea what KD is. Kraft Dinner? Why not Mac and Cheese?
    Love the barbed wire shots.

  3. Well Pamela....we shall pray that all goes well with your results. That will wrap you in safe keeping. Many blessings to you today!

  4. Oh yuck, compared to having a barbed wire throat, what could be worse. Sounds painful if you ask me. I didn't go through that but Grandpa and I seem to be catching every bug these children can bring home from school. I've bee down for 5 days doing very little or nothing. I sure ill pray that all goes well for your tests. THen if they do find something and can correct it you may not have trouble swallowing things like bread and potatoes. I had a half a potato for lunch. I think my mindjust remembered chocolate, you had some before lunch, must have tasted good with apple juice. Take care my friend, I think of you often. That picture was perfect as always.

  5. oh gosh - i thought you were going to say you were sick? with a cold / sore throat. i do not look forward to those tests when i get to the age when you have to start doing them. when my mom tells me she has to take a monogram i think that is terrible - i know it is important. but ouch on the chest area. a big big ouch!! i was listening to the news the other night & a teenager is in the works with a big company on getting testing for pancreatic testing to know if you have that cancer ahead of time. they say when you have that type of cancer & know about it through testing it is pretty much at the end ... you don't tend to make it. so sad. i love mac & cheese. keep us posted on your results. big big hugs. ( :

  6. I'm so glad the test is over and done with for a while. Hope everything is okay!

  7. Your barbed wire pictures are so fun! One of the times when I was the sickest in my life, I couldn't swallow...I mean not even my own saliva (sorry to be gross!) so I feel for you!
    I sure hope that you're feeling your best soon, and that you get happy results back :)

  8. Glad your test is over and things are getting better with your throat. Sorry about the swallowing problems you experience...
    Your barbed wire photos are great!

  9. You poor thing . . . The connection between the barbed wire, (great pictures BTW) and your throat procedure/biopsy made it very vivid. I do hope each day finds you improving and I hope this solves your problem. Did you enjoy the Mac and Cheese?

  10. Doesn't sound like a pleasant test Pam, no wonder your were anxious overnight. I hope they get to the bottom of your problems and life becomes easier.
    Thinking of you.

  11. I had no idea that they made barbed wire in colors!! Excited to see that. Great shots, really lovely texture.

    Pamela, I hope that you feel better soon, that's a test that seemed to cause a lot of discomfort. Here's to them finding out what the problem is, and that's it's not too serious.


  12. Well that's no fun. I certainly hope your KD slides down well and that yours results come in the way you want.

    All the colours in these barbed wire shots are lovely.

  13. I hope you will soon feel better and I hope you get good test results!

  14. Oh Pamela
    I am so sorry to hear of what you've been through. It sounds very painful.
    I will be praying for good results from the testing.
    I know a fair amount about acid reflux as my Sis has had it for years
    and I know how uncomfortable it is. She is better now, so I need to ask her what has changed...
    Take care. ((HUGS))
    and has even had surgery. I hope your medication

  15. The gastroscopy doesn't sound like any fun. I hope you are feeling better now and praying that the tests come out ok.
    I like the barbed wire.

  16. I do hope there is nothing seriously wrong. I love the second photograph! So cool!!

  17. Beautiful textures in your photo. So sorry about your test. I've had that test twice and it is no fun. I have difficulty drinking/tolerating most juices, including apple and orange due to the acidity. Praying your test results will be fine. Feel better soon.

  18. Hope you're feeling back to normal real soon!

  19. Wishing you a speedy recovery! So nice to hear you had the support of your husband and friends for your test. Take it easy and rest today. Put up your feet and try to relax! Hoping you feel better soon ;0)

  20. I am so sorry to hear about this Pamela, I hope that the results are all good and that you are feeling back to yourself again very soon. I will be thinking of you and hoping for a really great outcome. xx

  21. sorry you are having these issues and hoping all of the test come back great. The barbed wire is beautiful and made for a lovely photo shoot! :)

  22. Glad that you are on the mend from that test...that you were even willing to do it in the first place. May all reports come back good ones. I think that being honest with our readers from time to time allows us to be human. We are, after all. Feel better, enjoy the comfort foods...a yogurt smoothie would sound good to me after such an experience, well it sounds good to me without such an experience. An Orange Julius kind of yogurt smoothie...yummo! Lie low, get caught up on your sleep.

  23. I didn't get this post until today which is sometimes odd but who knows how Blogger operates. I pray for good news and that all is better today as you recover. I had that test in October when discovered my gastritis. Such a painful illness. I rake Prilosec 2x daily now and have finally almost gotten back to normal eating, I hope you get better. Prayers.

  24. Good to hear there was a slight improvement and I hope your throat continues to feel better over the next few days.

  25. I missed this post - sorry to hear about your throat troubles. I have sort of similar problems to what you described. Sometimes, it just feels like things don't want to go down when I swallow. I always have water on hand when I'm eating as well. Wishing you the best with your biopsies.

  26. I hope you're feeling better now. I hate going to the doctor for a routine check-up, much less testing of any kind.

    Love the barbed wire photos! Very rustic!

  27. Oh gosh, bless your heart! I hope you get back to normal soon and that they figure out what can be done about your swallowing troubles!

  28. I have had one of those tests an number of years ago, as I have Celiac. Glad it went better for you this time. : )

  29. Beautiful...the barbed wire pic's! Glad you survived your test...and hope some good comes of it.

  30. I'm sorry I missed this post yesterday. Praying for good results for you!! Take care of yourself.

  31. Love the barbed wire photos. We have rolls of it in our barn but I never saw it as a 'Kodak moment'. You have such a good eye for these things.


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