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Unread 05-10-2004, 04:12 AM
Im in a dilemma

Many of you know that I had recent issues with intestinal infections and adhesion colic . this followed my hystsrectomy in Jan

I have been in and outof hospital 4 times this year

I have a date with the surgeon on the 18th and Im not looking forward to it .. when I got discharged in april after almost two weeks they were threatening me with a colonoscopy .. back then it was KIV .

The didnt want to do it when my symptoms were acute because the risk of perforation was high .

If they hint at its necessity should I just grit my teeh and go through it ? I could ask for sedation but that might mean a nights stay because I dont wake up quickly from those knock you out meds.That and they wotn allow you to go home alone if you dont have an escort . DH has very limited UPA leave ( urgent private affairs )and he has already taken two of those precious days on my account .

I need him to keep the rest in case I fall ill during the year and my parents are out of town .

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Unread 05-10-2004, 06:00 PM
Im in a dilemma

(((Mei)))) I'm so sorry you've been having such a hard time I can only imagine how much you dread your upcoming appointment

Considering all the concerns you have about a possible colonscopy, the best strategy could be to discuss your concerns and fears with your doctor, explaining exactly what you've explained here. Who knows, your doctor might suggest either atlernative tests or suggest something to reduce the stress and pain, without requiring neither an escort nor an overnight stay

Sending lots of s your way. Please be sure to keep us posted.
Unread 05-10-2004, 06:21 PM
Im in a dilemma

Have you discussed your fears with your doctor? I've had several colonscopies and while they weren't the most pleasant, they weren't very painful. For me, the prep was the hardest part of the test. My doctors used light sedation, I was sort of aware but didn't really care. I call it la la land.

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Unread 05-10-2004, 08:48 PM
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thanks ladies . I will definitely discuss the issue with the surtgeon .who knows maybe because symptoms are mild at the moment they may cancel the test LOL .

Being prodded in the read end with an optic type tube isnt my idea of fun .

Whatever it is I hope they wont think IM being difficult but its a logistics problem . Im pretty tight for baby sitting thats why I quit my job some years back .

Whats odd is that I went through both my c sectiosn awake chattign away to the team and I bet THEy wanted to knock me out ! But this and th gastroscopy I went through recently are scaring me .

Unread 05-12-2004, 01:19 AM
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Just wanted to let you know that the colonoscopy isn't that bad. It is my understanding that they always sedate you for a colonoscopy and not for a sigmoidoscopy. During the sigmoidoscopy they just go into the lower portion of the bowel and the colonoscopy they go farther up and it is more uncomfortable so they do sedate you. Not like putting you to sleep for surgery though. You should still be slightly awake or aware of what is going on, but just not care much. I have had both sigmoid and colonoscopy and you shouldn't have any trouble waking up after a while. It is true though, that they won't let you drive. Maybe you could get a ride from a friend or other family member? For me, the worst part of either of those tests was getting prepared for it the night before (on the toilet alot) and the terrible built up gas later. But gas-x helps a lot and moving around helps too. I think you shouldn't put it off. Good luck and take care!
Unread 05-12-2004, 04:50 AM
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The only one I could accept a ride from is my father and he had a stroke in recent years . we have noticed that along longer drives his driving just isnt steady .from his house to the hospital , then back to my place and back to his is about a total of 1.5 hours

I guess I will have to discuss a room in . Not that I want to but I dont want to have DH waste a days leave just to ferry me home .

Im crossing my fingers .. maybe it wont be necessary . But I have a feeling that they will suggest it some time down the road

Unread 05-12-2004, 02:00 PM
Im in a dilemma

Dear Mei,

I'm sorry that you don't have anyone else to help. I do know what it is like to have your husband take time off of work. My husband took all his days off last spring and summer to help me get to Dr's, hospital, etc. so that when I finally was able to do something fun, he didn't have any time left as he had wasted it all on me. He said it wasn't a waste, but I say it was, since then we didn't get any vacation time when I was better.

Hope everything goes alright for you, take care!

Unread 05-12-2004, 07:34 PM
Im in a dilemma

I tink theres nothig I can do but wait and hope it goes ok . If they want to do it I may have to discuss rooming in . mei
Unread 05-12-2004, 10:18 PM
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What about a taxi or a vollenteer to get you to & from? The hospital could call a taxi for you once you have awakend and ready to go or maybe the hospital has a vollenter that could drive you home. My grandmother is older & does not have her liscense and a she often calls vollenters to pick her up & take her home. She has to travel 1.5 hours to the hospital one way so it is not a close distance. I would check with the hospital they may be able to help you find a ride.

Good luck!
Unread 05-13-2004, 01:53 AM
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Thats an option .. hmm I could ask .. I just hope that I dont have to do that scope .. I did ask if I could get a ride home in a cab but they said no an adult has to follow you home to your doorstep .. but once home Im alone anyway ... DH may be out of the country part of june


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