Friday, May 16, 2014
Tuesday was my colonoscopy day and I had an egd, which is where they go in your esophagus and dilate it. I have to get that done about every 6-12 months because I have difficulties swallowing.
for 2 days, I did nothing but eat popsicles and jello, drink soda and chicken broth and water. plus 1 bottle of magnesium citrate and 4 liters of Gavilyte. all with the intent of having my bowels cleaned out for my procedure.
Monday afternoon, I could just tell that I was not cleaned out. so I called the doc and they said to get another bottle of mag citrate. so, I sent my hubby to the store and told him to get 2 more bottles of it. I ended up drinking 1.5 bottles more. I couldn't get it all down before midnight though, but I tried. I wasn't allowed to eat or drink after midnight.
Tuesday morning I had to wake up at 4:30 to finish my prep, shower and get to the hospital by 6:30. I had to take 2 of those fleet enemas. "did ya ever have one of those fleet enemas? no ma'am, I don't believe I have. you'd remember if you had". (a couple of lines from fried green tomatoes)
I got to the hospital, checked in, put on my lovely gown, got the iv and all the monitors hooked up. had to use the bathroom. at that point my husband left for the waiting room. it was decided that I had "too much sediment" and needed another enema. oh Lord! what have I gotten myself in to!!
then I got a roommate. when the nurse came back in with my enema, I informed her that there was no way I could do that with my roommates husband in the room. the nurse asked him to leave.
I got the enema, did my business, then the lady wanted her husband to come back in. she said "there's curtains! no one can see what's going on". at which point I told her that I would prefer that her husband not come back in yet because I was not done going to the bathroom. I don't even pee in front of my own husband of 17 years why in the world would I want her husband to have the privilege of me and my enema farce! she just didn't get it.
she called the nurse in and demanded a different room because I wanted to be "private". no, I just didn't want to go to the bathroom with her husband in there!
ya know, I said I was going to do this colonoscopy with a smile on my face and I did, all the way up to that point. I almost busted out crying. it was horrible. the fact that we cannot be nice enough to give a person privacy when they go to the bathroom. don't people have any sense of decency?
the nurse refused to change her room. I got wheeled out to my procedure instead. when I left the room, I apologized to her and vocally asked God to bless her. she ignored me. the nurse called her attention and said "this woman just apologized to you and prayed for you"! to which she says I don't need her apologies... that nurse was furious!
is this the wackiest blog ever?
bottom line, I had 2 successful procedures and I was able to have a smile on my face after all!
No Polyps Either! WaaHoo!
when I woke up from the anesthesia, the roommate was just getting wheeled out for her procedure. I vocally prayed Gods blessings on her again and this time she waved and said thank you.
Please keep my friend Shelby and his wife Erma in your thoughts and prayers as he continues his journey with Colon cancer.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Today's meal so far has been 4 liters of Gavilyte. When I weighed in this morning, I was down almost 3 pounds from yesterday morning. I only had clear liquids and maybe 800 calories total for the day. I tried to stay away from sugar free products as much as possible, but did get a few.
I have determined that the Gavilyte solution should come in chicken broth flavor because the salt level is just about perfect!
I'm still drinking this with a smile on my face and a prayer in my heart for my friend Shelby.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Today and tomorrow I will be eating jello. Lots and lots of jello. And popsicles. And broth. I am prepping for a colonoscopy. I have a two day cleanse. This morning instead of my usual French roast coffee with cream and sugar, I had magnesium citrate and 2 glasses of water. I'll be eating and drinking only clear fluids.
This is a three year follow up. My last colonoscopy there was a large precancerous polyp removed. And last month I had a twisted colon. My procedure this week will check to make sure that there was no damage done by the twisted colon and check to make sure there are no more polyps.
Yes, it's humiliating to go to the pharmacy and buy magnesium citrate, fleet enemas and trilyte. Not nearly as humiliating as having a colostomy bag. not nearly as humiliating as dying because I was too embarrassed to have this procedure done.
My friend Shelby had a precancerous polyp removed about ten years ago. He was supposed to go back for a recheck in 2008, but didn't. He is now living with the consequences. He has colon cancer and every day is a battle for him. He has no real joy in his life because he is so busy going back and forth to the doctors for chemo, radiation, surgery after surgery. The past 4 plus years have been so hard on not just him, but also his wife and kids.
Shelby's goals in life are to wake up each morning. To live through another day.
What are the goals for your life? Mine are to live each day to the fullest. And yes, if that means having a medical professional stick a camera up my behiney, then so be it! There are worse things that could happen! Trust me!
If you have a family history of colon cancer, or are 50 years old or more, or are having any issues with your bowels, please go get it checked out. Don't let embarrassment kill you! It is a slow painful death. Not just for you, but for your loved ones as well.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
It's getting more official as the days go. It was announced tonight at church that I am going to be one of the counselors at youth camp. Paperwork still has to be finalized by the camp, but it looks like I'm really going! It's a Monday thru Friday camp. In a bunkhouse with girls from the ages of 13 to 19. There will be boys at the camp too, but not I'm my bunkhouse.
I have about 3 weeks to get ready. Ive got to Psych myself up and prepare as if its going to be a marathon.
If you are a praying person, I would appreciate all the prayers I can get!
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
I have determined that when I was blogging regularly, I was more motivated. So, guess what! I'm gonna start blogging again! Yay. I know y'all are just dying to find out what I've been doing around here.
This week, it's been bike riding, and look at this great video!
It's not me, but gee, I want to go right out and get a pink gingham dress and ride more! So far this week I have gotten in just over 25 miles.
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