Saturday, October 9, 2010

Colonoscopy Time!

This summer I had a colonoscopy, and let me tell you... it's really not as bad as it seems. The procedure itself is easy, you're put under and then you groggily wake up to a nurse urging apple juice and an English muffin on you.
The preparation on the other hand is a pain in the... well, yeah, you get the point.
Basically you drink nothing but 64oz of Gatorade mixed with laxative the day before. It really wouldn't be half as bad if the laxative didn't make the Gatorade taste like salt water. I will NEVER be able to drink Gatorade again...
But anyway, my mom decided to immortalize my plight via my phone's camera.

My "really Mom?" face.

I closed my eyes when she was inserting the IV... trust me, it hurts a lot more when you see what's being done to you.

IV in place... in my arm... Creepy stuff.

I'm sleepy from not eating for the past 24+ hours, and not drinking for the past 6 hours...


Coming out of the anesthesia-induced unconsciousness...  sippin' my apple juice.


All in all, it was an... interesting experience?
It was my first time going under anesthesia, and seriously, it is impossible to stay awake. I just remember having the anesthesia pumped into my IV, looking around, and then WHAM, I wake up in a different room.
The nurses were all very friendly, and they thought I was a riot. I guess they're used to having old grumpy patients with no sense of humor.
They even took a photo of me with the ass camera, and printed it out for me to keep, just for giggles.

The diagnosis was good as far as diagnoses go. I don't have Crohn's Disease, but rather my intestines suffered some sort of infection and was on the mend. (The intestinal pain that made me seek medical attention in the first place was attributed to the infection.) I was told to have more fiber and probiotics, and to take some Pepto Bismol every once in a while to quell the inflammation. All of this would help my intestines out with the healing process.

So yeah, that's my colonoscopy story, haha!

3 comments:

  1. Hi! I just found your blog and now I'm going to randomly stalk it (OK, maybe not stalk), but you look kinda cool, so I guess I'll read.

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  2. Haha, no problem! I'm honored that my blog is semi-stalkworthy. :P
    And yeah, it's not exactly the most fun procedure in the world, but I guess it could of been a lot worse.

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