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Interpreting the results from my endoscopy & colonoscopy


What pops out immediately is “severe inflammation seen in esophagus.”

Google and a page by Johns Hopkins have been helpful in learning more, translating the doctor-ese to modern American English.

“Focal reactive gastropathy”

Reactive gastropathy, also chemical gastropathy, is an abnormality in the stomach caused by chemicals, e.g. bile, alcohol, and characteristically has minimal inflammation.

“Inflamed squamous and glandular mucosa with reactive changes”

This means that I have GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as acid reflux. I have been prescribed omeprazole to treat it, which I hope helps. It’s been getting progressively worse. I had been dealing with it by using chewable antacid tablets, which isn’t enough to help the esophagus heal.

“Reactive squamous mucosa with focally increased intraepithelial eosinophils”

This is an inflammatory disorder of the esophagus. It is known as primary eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE. reflux esophagitis



Subcortical vascular dementia? Is Hillary Clinton afflicted by it?

Subcortical vascular dementia, also called Binswanger’s disease, is caused by widespread, microscopic areas of damage to the brain resulting from the thickening and narrowing (atherosclerosis) of arteries that supply blood to the subcortical areas of the brain.

And according to some, Hillary Clinton has been diagnosed with it.

Of course, I have no way of verifying this. But since the mainstream media have not been reporting on her health, particularly during and after episodes in the 2016 presidential campaign, I want to stay on top of potentially important news neglected by these so-called objective reporters.


Me & the Policeman

Recently I had an encounter with the Seattle police. The background is a long, drawn out story that I may tell someday. But right now I am focusing on what the officer said, partly because it’s so odd and partly because I find it amusing.

I sit in public spaces for long periods of time when I am not feeling well, and this apparently makes some uncomfortable, who then call the police about this strange man — me — who just sits. I rest up and then eventually move on. But when I am exhausted I just sit and rest.

I usually do this in spaces with wifi. Otherwise, I’d be bored out of mind, though lately I have been catching up on my book reading. (I am reading one about Martin Luther and the Reformation that is fantastic.)

Part of our conversation went as follows:

ME: “I’ve been having serious medical issues. I may have lymphoma.”

A look of alarm suddenly covers the policeman’s face. He backs away slightly as if I might somehow infect him.

OFFICER: “Is that contagious?”

I am taken back by his ignorance.

ME: “Seriously?”

I am quickly chastised by his partner, so I expound on my answer.

ME: “It’s a blood cancer,” I reply, incredulously.

He probably still has no idea. Did he get into his patrol vehicle and look it up? My guess is no.

I’ve been wondering if he was hoping he’d have something on me, like being a public health threat, so he could call in a HAZMAT team and ship me off to a hospital ward somewhere.

These two officers were hard, cold-hearted authoritarian types. Not a fan. I’ve encountered so many heartless bureaucrats recently.


At the multiple choice section of my health


Is it —
a) lymphedema
b) inflammatory bowel disease
c) mesenteric panniculitis
d) lymphoma
e) a combination of some
f) all of the above
— that afflicts me?

So the doc looking over my recent CT scan wrote the following notes. His name is Caldwell and he wrote:

Mild mesenteric adenopathy with fat stranding throughout the fat. Appearance is nonspecific and the differential is somewhat broad. Differential diagnosis would include lymphedema, underlying occult small bowel inflammation (including inflammatory bowel disease), mesenteric panniculitis as well as lymphoma.

My primary doc explained to me that all of these are potential options explaining the abnormal imaging and that further analysis is required. The gastroenterology specialist is recommending another colonoscopy and something new for me, an upper endoscopy. Both will be scheduled the same day, so I only have to be put under once.

What fun!