I'm a wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma. My dad's medical history was riddled with bleeding ulcers, a ruptured colon with perotinitis, a temporary colostomy and many surgeries and long recoveries. Fortunately, no cancer diagnosis. However, that history was one I made sure early on was shared in my own medical history. There wasn't anything in my dad's history I wanted any part of.
When I was about 39 or 40, I had a parasitic infection following treatment of our son's bunny for diarrhea. Little did I know that the little teeny bugs were joining my system! Once the infection left me, I began noticing pain in my left side. The pain was so excruciating that at times drawing my knees up was the only relief I could get. After many office visits, I had my first sigmoidoscopy, no anesthesia, no conclusive diagnosis. Later, I would be seen by a gynecologist who diagnosed with a laparoscopy that I had endometriosis that had sent my pain elsewhere. That was my first experience with sigmoidoscopy. With this procedure I wasn't apprehensive -- I was suffering so much I was to the point of not caring what I had to go through to rid myself of pain. I don't remember anything being too difficult except that, because of adhesions, there were points in the procedure where it was painful.
Not too many years later I underwent endoscopy because of a narrowing in the esophagus and dilation was performed. This is where I met my gastroenterologist of choice! He was phenomenal. He used a nice easy anesthetic with Valium, he had the ability to remove any fears you might have by giving full disclosure about what was going to happen, and I experienced a mostly pain-free procedure. Neither prep nor procedure was too difficult.
He suggested that, because of my dad's history, I should begin thinking about a colonoscopy. A couple of years later I had my first. So far I've had two, sneaking one in with an endoscopy to avoid two separate procedures. So far I have had good test results. I'm due soon for another. Initially, the prep for this procedure was difficult, but since then my husband has had one and the prep seemed a lot easier because of the liquid used is much easier to consume and the after effect didn't seem so bad.
Since I'm currently living a good distance from my favorite gastroenterologist, I'll be using someone new to my husband and me. The post about Propofol makes me wonder if this new GI guy uses that -- my husband was the happiest man following his most recent colonoscopy. In fact, he said it was the easiest ever! We'll see -- I ask questions!
Sherrey aka Grits46
The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy or too impatient. Patience, patience, patience is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. ~~ Ann Morrow Lindbergh
~~ She did what she could. Mark 14:8
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