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12th-Dec-2005 10:06 am
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I should not look up medical procedures I'm about to have.
12th-Dec-2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
My mom had to have that done a couple times for her thyroid.. and will likely have to do it again because she needs to have surgery again. (insert nasty words for her doctor)

It's not as bad as it sounds, it's more of a mental thing making it hard to go through.
12th-Dec-2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
You'll probably be sedated. Just don't think about it.
12th-Dec-2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
Just don't think about it.

See, that's hard.
12th-Dec-2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
12th-Dec-2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
To clarify. When both your parents have had colonoscopies. Your mom has had two mastectomies 25 years apart, and your dad has had spinal surgery, you don't look at this is a big deal.


*HUGS* all the same.
12th-Dec-2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
Ah! You're right, of course, in that it's minor as these things go. I just freak out over new procedures. And I saw an accidental intestinal perforation during an endoscopy on TV. So I saw that on the page and suddenly I had a vivid visual.

I shouldn't be allowed to watch TV.
12th-Dec-2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
No. No, you shouldn't.
12th-Dec-2005 03:33 pm (UTC) - Had it.
It's not that bad. The gas leaking out of your body sometimes hurts. It's better than abdominal surgery.

Why are you having this done?
12th-Dec-2005 03:36 pm (UTC) - Re: Had it.
To see if the weight loss is due to a digestive tract problem. Or something. I'm tired. The CT scan was clean, so it's not cancer, but I keep dropping weight for no apparent reason.
12th-Dec-2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
Bad 'Song, no coo- Wait. Bad 'Song, MORE cookies! *throws cookies at you*
12th-Dec-2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
Seriously - the endoscopy was the easiest part of the whole colonoscopy/endoscopy event I had done in July. It's very very quick and with sedation pretty much painless. There were a couple of *seconds* of slight panic on my end, but it was unwarranted. :) Really - of all the medical procedures I've ever had done, that one was the easiest breaziest one.
12th-Dec-2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
'k. *breathes*
12th-Dec-2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
Isn't there some odd saying that states, "Ignorance is bliss"?
12th-Dec-2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
where are they scoping?

If it's your bum, don't worry. A friend of mine has had them a lot, and has no memory of any of them.
12th-Dec-2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
Nooooo. Not my bum. Poor bum! No, upper GI.
12th-Dec-2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
Ah. Well, best of luck!!
12th-Dec-2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
I had one done just a few months ago. My sedation wasn't enough, though, and they had to give me another dose in the middle.

The good thing is that the sedative causes amnesia so you shouldn't remember a thing.
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12th-Dec-2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm told that was quite unusual so I'm betting that since you know of someone it actually happened to that it won't happen to you. Probability, and all that.
12th-Dec-2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
My sedation wasn't enough, though, and they had to give me another dose in the middle.


See, that? That's the perfect example of what not to tell me.
12th-Dec-2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
Heh. I woke up halfway through my colonoscopy. I had about 20 seconds of "Wow, that's my colon on the screen," then I said, "Hmm.. ow.." and I was out again before I could blink. Seriously not bad.
12th-Dec-2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
Trying not to think of alien abduction scenarios and probing!

Seriously though.. as surgical procedures go, that doesn't sound too bad.
12th-Dec-2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
I've had a few of them (both ends), and they're really not that big a deal. They'll put a small plastic ring in your mouth, so if you suddenly bite down, it won't damage the scope. They feed the scope through the plastic ring--the scope is about thumb-sized--and into your mouth. You'll have an IV sedative (I highly recommend Versed as a great amnesia drug), along with something like Valium to relax you. You'll have been given a throat-numbing spray, which, although it's not the most /fabulous/ taste in the world, ain't bad a'tall.

So. There you are, numbed and sleepy, with a plastic ring in your mouth. When the head of the scope reaches your gag reflex, they'll have you swallow several times, possibly giving you a cup of water with a straw so as to make it easier. That's the hardest part. Just think of it as sucking the longest cock you'll ever see. *grin*

Once it's in and down your throat, you can see how pink you are inside. :) It's pretty cool. You won't really feel much, especially with the numbing spray (it's like a cough-drop sensation). When they're done and bringing it back out, you may cough a little and your throat may be a little sore for a day or two, but again, it's pretty mild.

And hey, at least you get good drugs out of the ordeal. *grin*

Hope that helps.
12th-Dec-2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
I would love to second that vote for Versed, except... well, hey, 'song, look on the bright side! There's *way* more chance of you being in the 82-87% of patients who experience amnesia after the Versed wears off than of being in the 13-18% who *don't.* :)

/in the latter category
//but hey, my retinal surgeon's great-grandmother had a mad crush on Jesse James
///would never have known that otherwise
////suddenly all farktastic with slashies
13th-Dec-2005 06:24 am (UTC)
Wow...does that mean I'm actually NOT, for once, in the 5-10% group of something NOT working the way it's supposed to?

Man, and all this time, I was the exception that proved the rule. 'Sokay, I'm happy to be in the functional percentage for this one!

(Valium, for example, is about worth its weight in jackal snot for me, so no go there.)
12th-Dec-2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
I had one, too, and it's really not that bad. A little bit of gag-reflex-stuff, but nothing painful/terrifying/terrible.

And the amnesia medicine is weird enough to really be worth experiencing. Is Adam going to be with you? If it's possible, I'd recommend it, just to have a reliable person there who _will_ remember everything that happened. Then you won't have paranoia about being abducted by aliens or something later on.
12th-Dec-2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
The only thing I remember about my upper GI is a little bit of a sore throat afterwards.

It's really simple, and as far as tests go? Endoscopy and colonoscopy were the easiest (except for the colonoscopy prep- that sucked).

13th-Dec-2005 11:34 am (UTC)
I second this.

Endoscopy is really a piece of cake.
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