As promised, now that I’m done with my procedure and back home again, a bit of a status update on the whole thing ^^ (and heads up for any who may be squeamish, I don’t sugar coat the details sooo fair warning x3)
Know many of you have likely had a colonoscopy, and like those who have it’s not the procedure that got to me...nor the 3 Bisacodyl tablets I took day before, they’re easy to get down at least! It was the freaking 250ml of magnesium citrate (day before, gods that smelt and tasted bitter as heck!) and the 3L of Glycoprep-C (1L day before between 7 and 8pm (took me nearly two and a half hours to get it all down!), and 2L day of (between 7am and 9am; though I started at 6 given how long it took to drink last time, got practically all down) I had to drink as prep that did! Just ugh, mean if they’re gonna make you drink so much of the stuff could least make it take good. Smelt like an orange gummy Lolly, tasted like a melted and watered down orange gummy Lolly. Blegh! I didn’t quite get it all down, kept gagging and near puking on the last couple cups so I just chose to stop... I was already practically peeing from my front and back by that point anyway and it was running clear light yellow as I was told would show I was cleaned out.
Anyway, once got past that, let the stuff do it’s thing, showered of course, got into my comfy clothes and headed off (my Mum kept me company x’3). Can say I felt quite ugh by this point...tired, surprisingly not that hungry, cold, nauseous, and as expected, my bum hurt too...
Do gotta say applying Vaseline beforehand and nappy rash type creams after really lessens it though!
Mean still sore after all that but, likely worse without. The Vaseline acts like a barrier and the rash cream kinda cools it off. Handy hint for any going for one soon. Also found just, sitting atop my bathroom throne aka the toilet and letting it flow as needed instead of constantly wiping after each bout also lessens the soreness a bit, or maybe I’m just lazy lol. Really didn’t wanna go and leave my bathroom sanctuary by this point but pushed on and made it to the hospital...like hell I wasn’t gonna get there and miss out after going through all that! Lol
As usual when go in for a day procedure had to wait a while. But thanks to my latex allergy I did get to go in almost first, dining waited maybe half hour to hour, which was a nice perk and which was super great cause I wanted it over and done with already so could eat and drink normally again.
Was kinda funny though when they wheeled me in, one of the docs asked the anaesthetist if he needed to consult Dr Google as he’s prepping the sedative (think reassured me when he said he didn’t need it haha). Oh and when they got me to lay on my side the nurse said, and I quote “stick your bum out like your been rude” lmao x’DD Ah Aussie docs, got that humour. Was nice though cause felt super nauseous and hella nervous so that did help ease me a little.
After getting both the endoscopy and colonoscopy done (whole process only took 7mins 14secs according to the report!) had my sandwich and my juice, just chillaxed. Did take an allergy tablet cause the side of my face that had been against the pillow was not happy. Reacted to something, but that’s just my allergies and Ezcema playing up. After couple hours and a cold press later the eye has almost stopped been swollen and nose on that side is still quite blocked, reckon sinus cause it’s pressure right through nose and under eye or something kicking up but ah well. It’ll go down! Taken allergy tablets and some cold meds, now awaiting them to kick in. Overall we (Mum and I) were in and out in about 3hrs~ got there just before 12pm when I was due to check in and left just after 3pm. Got caught in school traffic on way home but that’s okay ^^
And the results were that there was nothing out of the ordinary really. They did remove a small 3mm polyp they found and course took some biopsy’s, but overall they concluded nothing obvious going on so was likely a functional bowel disorder (FBD) which, is basically meaning it is IBS as my doc thought. They’ve recommended I see a dietician and start a Low FODMAP diet and have suggested a few things to try to mange it (Colofac aka Mebeverine - anyone tried that??) that I’m to discuss with my normal doctor once the full results are in in a couple weeks~ Kinda nice to know it’s definitely what thought though, even if wish had been something found that could be cured.
Lol I did get complimented on my excellent prep work though pfttt x’DD
And yeah, that’s the story. Overall it went smoothly and without a hitch. It mentions on my report to go back in 5yrs and do a surveillance colonoscopy, think just to be on safe side and ensure nothing has developed. Hopefully by then they got better prep methods! Lol
Anyway, all over. Now just gonna rest up, take it easy, reintroduce foods back to my stomach and let the system return to normal functions again~ ^-^
Think that’s everything! Thanks to all those that wished me well with the procedure~~