Geeks are Sexy – Back from Achalasia Surgery

Achalasia

Hey geeks, I’m back!

On Tuesday, I got an big operation that changed my life. Few people knew that I was living with a rare disease called Esophageal Achalasia. The disease not only prevented me to eat properly, with food staying stuck in my oesophagus, but I regularly waked up at night with the feeling of drowning due to “bodily fluids” accumulating, preventing me from breathing properly. There was also the danger of getting aspiration pneumonia, which did not make things pleasant at all. The disease was stable for many years, but in 2018-2019, due to a few highly traumatic situations in both my personal and professional life, including having to fire all my writers, it got worse, making life a living nightmare on many days. I know many of you find the ads a problem on the site, and there’s nothing I would like more than removing part of them, but as a single parent with 3 kids, I just can’t, and this is part of the problem. This site is a huge part of my life. I’ve been doing this for 15 years, including 9 full time, so its successes and failures affect me directly. But enough said about that.

The operation was fairly simple: They poked a hole inside my oesophagus (by going down my throat,) made a tunnel between the oesophagus and the muscle layer that surrouds it, and cut some of the muscle fibers that control the upper sphincter of my stomach, allowing it to relax and letting food go through. The operation lasted around 3 hours, and yesterday, after being as high as a kite for about 24 hours, I woke up, had a meal, and felt the food going down my stomach for the first time in many years. Before the operation, I had to swallow air to push the food down, forcing the stomach’s sphincter to open. Not only was it gross, it was also painful.

So yeah, I’m back now. Geeks are Sexy is my life project and it’s a one-man thing. My full-time teacher girlfriend volunteers and writes in exchange of a nice romantic dinner and a bottle of wine once in a while, but it’s me 99 percent of the time. Having you guys around means the world to me, so thank you.

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