Getting an Operation for a Very Rare Neurodegenerative Disease: Achalasia

Dear readers, just a quick message to let you know that I might be down for a few days this week. A little earlier this year and after many years of digging about what was wrong with my digestive system, I learned I have a very rare disease called achalasia that affects about 1 person in 100,000 per year. The gastroenterologist will be performing a procedure known as a POEM (Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy) to help me ingest food, which gets stuck in my oesophagus when I eat because the sphincter of my stomach does not open anymore.

Many of you have been following me since 2005, so I figured the least I could do is to let you know about what I’m currently going through. Even though this is a minimally invasive and apparently fairly safe procedure, I’m absolutely mortified about getting an anesthesia for the first time in my life and having some holes poked into me from the inside.

My wonderful girlfriend will be taking over for a few days to help me while I’m incapacitated.

Hopefully, I’ll be back before the end of the week to entertain you guys once again! Stay geeky, my friends!

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