*Please send hate mail to email@example.com ... because someone is BOUND to say it, "MM this only happens to you." Also -- NOTE -- colonscopies CAN BE a life-saving procedure, they can find disease... Please get your procedures done.
I got to the hospital right on time, was taken straight back to change into a gown for the test, and waited mostly patiently for my nurse. I was given an IV of saline, and taken back to the procedure room.
The nurse, Leslie (go figure, I REMEMBER!) gave me the run-down of what was to happen, and I waited for the GI doctor. He came in, had me sign off on the procedure and away we went. The nurse gave me medication through my IV --
And the doctor started the colonscopy.
I felt every bit of it. While I was slightly sedated, I could feel the scope moving through my system, and the water flushing as well. I was able to turn and watch the screen, I watched several parts of my intestines flash in front of me. That kept my mind off the discomfort, a little bit.
I was under the impression that I would be ASLEEP for the procedure, or at least sedated to unawareness, AND have amnesia of the event.
Non-sedation colonoscopy IS performed, and it's NOT COMFORTABLE, but people do choose this.
During the procedure, I heard the doctor and nurse discussing that I might need a little more medication because I wasn't responding to the initial dose. At some point I started shivering pretty badly, and I remember them asking if I was cold. I was, and I was also FEELING the scope INSIDE MY GUT.
I would assume I got a little bit more medication through the IV. And, honestly, I think I had just enough sedation that I was unable to verbalize just how uncomfortable I was. I could only get out basic responses.
The GI found a polyp, and removed it to send to biopsy. I watched it on the screen, a tool took this little pimply bit and removed it.
I was about to scream, if I could, when the doctor announced he was finished.
Now will you believe me that I FELT the upper ENDOSCOPY, TOO? BECAUSE I DID.
"You can't POSSIBLY."
BUT. I did. I do. I am super-woman.
Anyway - it appears that my lower intestine is "okay," aside from a polyp, it appears healthy so far as I can tell. I'll hear more when I go back and swallow a camera. Oo