Having a bunch of diseases is a juggling act. Luckily, I’ve only got 3 balls to juggle; Crohn’s (and a long list of other GI disorders), Kidney Disease, and Neuropathy. While juggling, one ball is always up in the air. Sometimes two balls, and rarely all three. I’d drop them, or throw them at someone, but let’s just assume I’d turn into a blob of anti-matter and the universe as we know it will cease to exist, all because I lost my balls.
I was starting to think that no balls were in the air, as my little disease pals have been relatively quiet. Things are getting better, right? It has been a couple of months since I had to sleep in a hospital. I’m thinking to myself, “well, isn’t this nice.”
One of my balls is up in the air, and it may even be a new/different ball. In July I was scheduled for an esophageal manometry test, which basically shows what happens with the muscles in my esophagus when I swallow. At the time, food and liquids would frequently get stuck in my throat and I’d choke, then spew it all over. I spent most of the summer with my parents while my broken ankle healed, so I never did get that test completed. The problem seemed to go away on its own, and I don’t know anyone who would volunteer to have a tube shoved down their nose just for the fun of it.
It’s probably time to get that test reordered, because now when I swallow, food, and sometimes pills, goes up my nose instead of down into my foodbag. So, what happens when your nasal cavity fills up with donuts, tofu, and calcium tablets? Sinus infection! My fabulous doctor took one look up my nose today and said “Ewwww!”. That’s comforting. I’m supposed to take amox for 10 days, flush my sinuses with saline twice a week as long as I’m insufflating my food and beverages, and he sent me to the lab for the basics (I totally dragged my feet on that one). He told me to see my neurologist, because the whole nasal regurgitation thing is likely a neural issue (aka nothing they can do about it so why even bother?).
I suck at juggling.