Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The time from Sunday night to right now has felt so long. It's only Wednesday tomorrow and I just can't comprehend that. After feeling pretty good Friday and Saturday, Sunday was a day that I spent running back and forth to the bathroom. I wasn't able to really enjoy my last meal for 42 hours. Sunday at 7 p.m. I had dinner and then Monday began liquid diet. Jello. Chicken Broth. Sprite. I am kind of sick of it all. I drank as many clear fluids as I could get my stomach to hold. Then I went home from work after a few hours so I could begin my prep.
15 senokot pills. More jello. And then my first of many glasses of lemonade with Miralax. Half gallon total in two different two hour long sessions. Yesterday I slept from 1 to 3 p.m. 10p.m. to 1 a.m. Then from 1-4 I was up forcing more of the mixture down (almost got sick). Then slept from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Truthfully, throughout this whole experience with my stomach and bowels, I have been sicker than what the prep made me. It wasn't nearly as bad as everyone told me it would be.
Then the colonoscopy itself. My BP was really low (especially for someone with hypertension) at 106 over 65. They had to spend some time to find my veins for my IV so I have a couple bruises. The nurses were great though and were as gentle as it is possible to be when digging into the arm of someone without sleep and who has been in the bathroom all night.
In the procedure room, I never really fell all the well to sleep. I could hear the doctor and nurses talking and was able to nod my head at questions and could feel the procedure part of the time, but it was more uncomfortable than anything.
I was awake as they wheeled me into recovery and was talking to my mom almost immediately.
After a while when it came time for me to sit up and get dressed, however, I got really queasy. This isn't uncommon with me and sedation meds. I threw up the sprite that they had me drink and felt better.
I was even able to eat lunch after we left!
So the good news:
No polyps. No Crohn's. No Ulcerative Colitis.
They took a biopsy of the rectal area (if I remember correctly) for micro-colitis. We are looking for sub clinical damage due to my tentative diagnosis of post infectious IBS. I also have to do some breath bacteria test that I don't know much about yet. And I might take place in a clinical drug study for IBS that has diarrhea for the main symptom.
So some answers, but not all the answers yet.
The good news is, strangely the colon cleanse made me feel better in a way? I also dropped 6 pounds during it which I know won't last...but it was nice to see the scale lower even if I knew it was a false number.
I slept a lot of the afternoon but except for some stomach gurgling I feel pretty good. I bet tomorrow I am STARVING.
That's all for now as my arms hurt from the IV bruises.