Tuesday, January 26, 2016

pH Test Pending

I wanted to give a little update for those following my insurance process with interest. After my post yesterday morning, I got impatient and called the doc I was referred to for the pH probe. They said that they had gotten my referral but they no longer do those tests and would be notifying my doctor.

I really wanted to call the doctor right away, but I told myself to be patient. Happily, I was contacted today by a local hospital that will be doing the outpatient procedure. I go in Thursday morning at 6:30am which is really stinking early. BUT...since I'm going to have a tube sticking out of my nose all day, I decided to work from home. So I won't have to get "work ready" or anything.

Apparently, I'm supposed to just have a normal day. I can have a decently normal workday at home, so that's fine. But I'm not 100% sure about working out. My biggest concern is that I'm not able to take ANY reflux meds (PPI or H2) until after the test is complete. Not sure I will be able to workout after 2 days with no medicine. I guess I will wait and see.

I take 80mg of PPI and typically one H2 per day. Thank goodness I bought a bed that allows me to sit up and sleep. But I figure if I can get through the next few days and get the definitive diagnosis, it will be worth it. It should save me at least $15k dollars. That is a lot of freaking money.

I suppose that it might come back negative. I don't want to entertain that thought because if this isn't GERD and the endoscopy ruled out cancer and all of those types of things, I have NO idea what it could be. No use in being concerned about that. I feel confident that my doctor has made the correct diagnosis, I just need it confirmed for the insurance people.

I will check in with you all on Thursday and let you know how the insertion went. I have the extraction at 6:30am Friday morning. And then, blessedly I'm guessing, I will be able to take some medication.

Fortunately, I have a couple of busy days ahead of me, so it should pass quickly. Wish me luck!!



Lori said...

It is funny how our minds play tricks on us. I'm sure your doctor has seen GERD enough to know what it is. Still, I think I'd be having the same concerns. I'm sorry you have to go through this, but once again you've made a plan to get through it. You'll be fine. I look forward to reading the results.

I'm also curious about the neighbors. Any update there?

Sarah Kopf said...

Ugh. I hate that you're struggling with this and I pray an outcome is just up ahead on this road.... Love you! Hang in there!