Readers’ Digest version: During a procedure to dilate a constriction in his esophagus (Schatzki’s ring) my husband was found to have abundant and large esophageal ulcers. It is the consensus of the medical profession that stress does not CAUSE ulcers. However, stress certainly will WORSEN them, or prevent them from healing. During a phone call later to check on him, his doctor asked me “is your husband under a tremendous amount of stress?”
Ya think? I seriously had a moment where I thought I would burst into hysterical laughter/tears.
Since these were not present at an earlier procedure to remove a food bolus during a choking spell, they are a new and recent development. And since he has a strong family history of cancer, and esophageal ulcers can develop into esophageal cancer…. There is apparently cause for concern and biopsies were taken. Everything looks benign now.
But he’s got to learn some new coping mechanisms, or we’re going to lose more than just our daughter to this. Her situation is not the only stressor in his life. But it is by far, the largest and the most painful. It eclipses everything else.