I passed my colonoscopy examination; healthy bowels.
After two days of a clear fluid diet, the time for the colon cleansing arrived. Yesterday afternoon the first dose of sodium phosphate was unpleasant, but bearable. I made the throne room comfortable with water jug, mug, laptop, and waited out the inevitable results. Unfortunately I gagged on the second dose, but kept it down. It began to do its magic. Then the vomiting began and would not stop. After calling Telehealth Ontario to talk to a nurse, it was off the hospital emergency as advised.
The roads here are more like a roller coaster than a drag strip. The one hour drive to the hospital was one not to be remembered fondly. Every curve, every dip and every dive, the nausea welled up. I sat on a plastic bag and towel for obvious bowel cleansing reasons, and held a bucket in front of my face to catch the effects of the roller coaster ride. What a miserable trip!
The emergency room staff were great, had me on a drip immediately to rehydrate me, and gave me some medication to control the vomiting. They did some blood tests to make sure everything was fine, and my electrolytes were just a little out of whack. Attila headed home around 2:00 a.m., having to be at work by 5:00 a.m. They let me stay in emergency until early morning, when I walked over to day surgery for the procedure. Again the staff and doctor were wonderful, and were thoroughly prepared to deal with my allergies and anaphylaxis.
The preparation for the colonoscopy is my problem.
The colonoscopy was painless and easy, nothing scary about it.
Just to put my experience into perspective, Harriet recently had a colonoscopy. She took the colon cleanser and went to work, and was fine. I just happen to react very strongly to the colon cleansing chemicals, the two I have tried so far, which isn’t unusual, but certainly isn’t the average experience either.
Harriet came to the hospital to sit by my bed in recovery, and to bring me home. Thank goodness she was there, it was wonderful to see a friendly and familiar face as I opened my eyes. Harriet took the information from the Doctor, and bundled me into her truck. The drive home was so much easier! After getting me settled in, Harriet dropped off Attila’s house keys to him at work and took herself back to the cottage. I went to bed and slept till Attila got home from work. Harriet called in the evening to check on how I was doing. She said when she got back to the cottage, she had a nap too!
The colon cleanser chemicals are still in my system. I can still taste them. The nausea is slowly abating.
Since Sunday I have wanted a toasted tomato sandwich. Harriet made one for as soon as we got home, and it tasted WONDERFUL!
9:00 PM EDT Wednesday 7 August 2013
Pressure: 101.1 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
“The universe may not always play fair, but at least it’s got a hell of a sense of humor.”
Michael Patrick King