Thursday, March 03, 2011

All clear

My first, and hopefully last, colonoscopy showed no problems, no polyps.  Good!  Now I don't have to do this again for ten years, if ever.  
I think the worst thing about this event was the fact that I developed some sort of cold, with a 100 degree fever and cough, two days before this was scheduled, and it held me in its throes right through the procedure.  
Tuesday I wasn't allowed to eat any solids, but I had a half-gallon of Crystal Light mixed with Miralax to consume within a two-to-four-hour time period that afternoon.  It didn't taste bad, and at first I thought it would be no problem to consume it all.  By the time I'd worked my way through 3/4 of it, though, it got pretty rough.  The fever, with its subsequent headache and chills, didn't help.  At that point, nothing would have tasted very good.  And I kept going to sleep in my chair, which didn't help me as far as getting all that liquid downed.  
At eight o'clock, as soon as the vile stuff was gone, I went to bed; I was sleeping in my chair anyway, so why not?  Nothing had happened; four laxative pills and a half-gallon of laxative liquid mixture, and nothing.  An hour later I was awakened by a rumbling tummy:  the time had come!  
Due in part to my fever, when I awoke yesterday morning I had an incredible thirst.  Unfortunately I wasn't allowed a drink, but I rinsed my mouth out with water a couple of times, and that helped.  Right out of bed my temperature was 101; I would loved to have taken a Tylenol, but I didn't know if I was supposed to, so I didn't.  
Now, I had received paperwork in the mail to fill out, but when I got to the surgical center, nobody wanted it.  Instead, they had me fill out a whole new set of papers.  Oh well, I guess it's good penmanship practice.  
Just before my procedure a nurse ran a thing over my forehead and said, "Oh my, your temperature is 100!"  
"Yes," I answered.  "That's why I called in yesterday, to see if that was going to make me postpone this thing."  
What she didn't know was that my normal temperature is 97.5, so I actually had more fever than she realized.  
Anyhow, the show went on.  Once I was wheeled to the room where they'd do this thing, the last thing I remember is the doctor introducing himself, and then the nurse telling me to turn over onto my left side.  


As I stated before, I got the all-clear:  no polyps, no problems.  I came home, took an Arthritis Tylenol, and catnapped in my chair all day.  I wasn't very hungry, but I ate a little.  
Am I the only person that wonders what motivates a doctor to take up this line of work?  Sheesh.  
Anyhow, I'm down five pounds since Monday; I'll let you know if it stays off.  
Oh, by the way:  Cliff has caught whatever cold or crud I've had.  He doesn't seem very appreciative.  
  

15 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

Glad the test results were okay. Had to chuckle, when you asked the question about what makes a doctor choose this line of work. It's curious, isn't it? Take care of yourself. Hope you and the hubby get better soon.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'm glad you were able to persevere and get it done and over and very happy that you got good results too. Sorry you've both got that nasty cold/virus that you have. I would have used it for the perfect excuse to stay home. Take good care and get better!

darev2005 said...

I guess it's the kind of thing that would make somebody want to be a mortician or drive the septic tank truck. Somebody's gotta do it.

Hyperblogal said...

Good news indeed. I don't suppose there's video.

FrankandMary said...

Very glad everything went well.
I am certain Rachel wants you around at least 50 more years....

Mo Rage said...

Terrific on the "all clear". nice relief.

(and the doctors go into it for the money. Someone's gotta' do it).

Congratulations.

Midlife Mom said...

Glad you got that out of the way and that the test results were all good. I can't imagine taking that stuff and having a bad cough.......I've been coughing all week and trying not to pee my pants. Got that horrible creeping crud that seems to be all over the place now. We all need spring and some fresh air and time outside puttering around in the sunshine!

Paula said...

I'm glad they let you go ahead so now you're through and over with it.

Ms Martyr said...

Glad the procedure is over and the results are good. Sorry you've got the crud. Don't you wish the germs could have at least been flushed out during the pre-exam? Hopefully you're over the worst of it.

madcobug said...

Glad that you were ok. I hate having to do that.
Shame about your grilled cheese sandwich. I hope you both feel lots better soon.
Helen

Lori said...

I still have five years to go before I have to have one of those things. Glad yours turned out okay. You know, my normal temp is 97.8, and so are my kids. My father was the same way. I've started telling the nurse that as soon as she takes my fever, especially if I suspect I have one.

Margaret said...

I'm glad you are FINISHED and jealous of no polyps. I'm sure my doctor will be after me to do another colonoscopy this year and I just don't know if I'm up for it! Horrible. Hope you(and Cliff) feel better soon! xoxo

Adirondackcountrygal said...

I am in no hurry to my colonoscopy anytime soon after hearing so many horror stories about the pain and the agony etc.. My mother and law says she never feels a thing but I've heard some other people say it is the most horrible thing they have ever had to experience! Glad you didn't have any problems!

Remo said...

I'm a little late to the parade but make sure you eat proper to return your GI flora to its proper balance. It's good to know you're A-OK.

small farm girl said...

Glad to hear everythings fine.