Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Colonoscopy 101

What is involved for a colonoscopy you ask..?  Simple version..?  They knock you out and shove a camera up your ass......done.
Realistically..? 
You arrive for your appt. at 720am when your appt. isn't until 830am simply because you don't want to be late.  You check in and register and get your fancy dancy plastic wrist band that you can easily slip off your wrist if you change your mind at the last minute....  you sit in chairs waiting for your name to be called.
Your name is finally called and go behind the large doors and led in to a room and told to strip down and put on the fashionable "blue?" gown and then are led to the fancy chairs with a warm blanket awaiting the nurse.  After a thousand questions, in goes the IV and then some more waiting for your turn....9am you finally get your long awaited turn.  You get led in to the room where 6, yes 6 nurses and techies are waiting, along with the doctor.  So, of course you have to joke, "how long IS this camera that it takes 6 of you to hold it?!!" 
In a matter of minutes, you're on the table, hooking you up to the monitors, oxygen tube on your nose, then your doctor comes up beside you to start injecting the meds.  She makes some small talk about how the Remicade is working and you say "great"....starting to feel relaxed now.....she then makes the comment, you know, I was going through all the paperwork and I've been your Gastro since 1990?!..."yep" you say....she then says have a good sleep and just before you go under, you say....."just make sure I wake up"....you will she said....................

About an hour later you're awake, wife by your side, paperwork in hand.  Takes a few minutes to awaken, but dressed and out the door, groggy as hell.  You don't even remember the ride home.  Took the day to recover properly and I'll find out the results in Nov.  But the paperwork I do have says she got in about 20cm (8in) before inflammation, which in my case, is fantastic.   In 2011, she couldn't even get past my rectum (from inflammation), so even getting inside was an accomplishment.

The good thing on the paperwork is that it states, "inflammation with clearing"

Remicade seems to be on the right track.


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1 comment:

Paul Woddy said...

Appendix is a tubular structure, shaped like a pig’s tail, that is attached to the first portion of the colon . It measures approximately 10cm in length. When the opening of the appendix is obstructed by substance such as hair or stool, it can become inflammed, which may result in a condition known as appendicitis.