Colonoscopy - Finally
Sunday, September 22, 2013
I have had the busiest last few months and all while still recovering from abdominal surgery. I won't list everything that has been going on but part of the crazy schedule I've been dealing with is starting a brand new homeschool co-op, running a homeschool group with brand new members, homeschooling two teenagers and starting our first year of high school, brand new homeschool curriculum that I am still learning, recovering from major surgery, numerous doctor visits, second child just got braces (after first child had them taken off), etc.
On top of all that, I had to get a colonoscopy due to a mass found on my colon during my abdominal surgery. The prep never worked the first time and it was a huge challenge to get a date that my husband could work into his schedule since his employer is changing as well as our insurance is going back to the beginning next month (not a full year of insurance coverage due to his employer being bought out).
It's been an extremely busy, stressful, and exhausting time for me lately, but luckily I finally got my prep to work (was on bowel prep for 5 days in a row) Friday and found out that there were no polyps and no cancer and the mass was just the endometriosis that had a lot of my organs attached to each other.
I'm so thankful to have that done finally and to have a clean bill of health, especially with my father being diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer, so I have a higher risk.
The negative part was that I had to take anti-nausea meds twice this time (you have to use the prep twice) and it gave me the worst headache of my life (two days of it). I couldn't take pain meds since they don't want you to take anything but Tylenol and I couldn't take that on an empty stomach (nausea) plus Tylenol doesn't really help me pain-wise.
The anti-nausea drugs are what they give people who are going through chemo treatments and it worked for the first prep (I had do the heavy-duty bowel prep for two days and other prep for 3 days prior), but not as much for the second one (had to get up at 1:00 a.m. to start the meds and then do the final heavy-duty prep at 2:00 a.m.). I literally cried until they put me out for the colonoscopy due to the pain level my head was in. I couldn't think straight and they asked me a million questions.
My first i.v. stick didn't work (nurse blew my vein) so I had to get stuck twice, so wasn't happy about that either, but the actual colonoscopy was a breeze. It was just the prep that about killed me, LOL. The first major bowel prep from the first time I attempted a colonoscopy didn't work and sat on my tummy for 3 1/2 hours and did nothing. I ended up throwing up 4 times (not a good thing after abdominal surgery) so that was a big bust and not something I wanted to repeat. That's why I was given the major anti-nausea meds this go around that caused major head pain.
I also got a new family doctor in the process since our insurance isn't accepted by my old family doctor and I really like him a lot. I have to go in and get an x-ray of my spine soon and possibly a MRI since I have had something go wrong with my back since my abdominal surgery. The doctor who did my surgery, of course, won't give me any help on dealing with the pain and my new doctor was so upset about that.
He seems to at least offer some help and is trying to investigate what is going on and to see if perhaps I have disc damage from the position I was in during my surgery in June.