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Dad Update- Part Two
Fortunately, it's all good news.  He went for a heart sonogram yesterday, and a more detailed stress test today, and everything is fine.  There's absolutely nothing wrong with his heart, thank goodness.  The best guess the doctors can come up with is that these are symptoms of his hiatel hernia (and I know I'm spelling the first word wrong).  It's basically a whole in the top of the stomach, and gases from the esophagus seep through- I think.  He's had this for a long time, I briefly remember an attack or two from when I was very young.  He thought he was having a heart attack back then- I had to have been 5 or 6 years old, so I don't remember it that clearly.

Anyhow, we know it's not his heart, which really is the best news possible.  The doctor also told him he can start taking the Zoloft again if he wants to.  Dad thinks the Zoloft actually helped him.  Not that he seemed any more or less happier with or without it, but he was starting to sleep a little better when he was on it.  I don't know what he's going to do, but if the Zoloft isn't the cause of this latest attack (and I don't think it is- the first attack a couple of weeks ago happened before he even started taking it), I don't see the harm.  

So, that's all.  Dad's doing well, though he's all achy from the treadmill part of the stress test.  Thank God for huge miracles.

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Yay! That's fantastic news. (well not the whole hiatel hernia obviously, but the fact that it isn't his heart). *is relieved for you*

Thank you, sweetie. I'm just so relived. He might have to see a gastro-enterologist for the hernia thing, though.


andi, I just caught your post, and if your dad had chest pains that came and went every few minutes, that's exactly what a Hiatal Hernia feels like! I know cause I have it!

One word: TUMS!

If he's stressed, if he eats greasy foods, anything that might trigger heartburn and those horrible pains, tell him to just take a TUMS. It'll make him burp and he'll feel better instantly!

I have a friend who has it so bad that she has her mattress at an angle so her feet are lower and the acid does not come back up, as it happens with reflux, which what your dad has.

some more symptoms, though I'm sure you already know it by now:
* Chest pain or pressure
* Heartburn
* Difficulty swallowing
* Coughing
* Belching
* Hiccups
* Pain: At times, a hiatal hernia causes chest pain or upper abdominal pain when the stomach becomes trapped above the diaphragm through the narrow esophageal hiatus.

Anyway: NOT fun, but I'm glad to hear that's all your dad has!

*big tight hug*

I'm sorry to hear that you have it, too, but at least someone else knows what he's going through. He takes Zantac, an antacid- does that work as well as Tums?

Hmm, I'm not sure, as I've never tried. I'd keep a bottle of TUMS in the house just in case, for stressful times. It's instantly soothing.

BTW, just talked to Kellie about an hour ago! She's getting back on her feet and said she'll try to call you in the next couple of weeks; she has to get minutes on her phone, which costs money. I keep forgetting to call you too, but I will!

Did you tell me a good time to call?


Hmm, anytime, I guess. There are time differences, I know, between me and Kellie, and between me and you, too, I'd guess.

Is Kellie okay?

She's doing well, things are slowly getting better and she should have Internet again by the end of the month!

Glad to hear his heart's ok, but surely they could do something about the stomach? Sew up the hole or something?

He might have to see a gastroenterologist about the stomach thing. I really have no idea if surgery is an option or not- wouldn't they have done it already if it was?

If the hernia is too small (like mine), it's inoperable. Just imagine that the closing of his esophagus just doesn't close that well and acid comes back up into the sensitive part of throat. That's why it hurts like it does.

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