Re: More questions on Nissen fund
I had 2 "deciding moments," both in medical offices.
The first was when my allergist said, "There's nothing more that I can do for your lungs. If you want to breathe comfortably, control your reflux." Since I'd already tried everything else, I told the GI doctor that I was ready to consider Nissen and asked for referral to a surgeon.
I saw the surgeon, and he believed I was a good candidate. Before I completely made up my mind, though, I saw my family practitioner one more time. We discussed all the different medicines I'd taken to try to control it, and what I did lifestyle-wise. I told her things like, "I eat a small bowl of cereal with skim milk for breakfast, then I have 2-3 hours of symptoms."
That's when I realized how bad things had gotten. When my doctor agreed, I knew it was time.
How normal am I? Better than before.
My reflux is nearly gone, throat way better, my lungs are fantastic, but I had gastritis before the surgery, and it's still there. I can't have tomatoes, but I can have a little wine now and then. Anyway, I've been able to eat enough to steadily gain weight since I first recovered from the surgery. I'm now back to my ideal weight.
You won't be able to have any carbonation during your recovery period, a couple months or so. But after? Probably. (Personally, I just plain don't like carbonated beverages, never did!)