Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy Prep Day Laxative And Procedure My Story
Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy. The Why's And What's.
A few weeks ago I decided to go and make an appointment for either a Colonoscopy or a Sigmoidoscopy. I hadn't been referred by the GP but it was something I personally wanted to know, so asked my GP to make me an appointment.
Why did I do this?
Well for starters my stomach had expanded over the last few months, yep got fatter between you and me, and I was having trouble going to the loo, john, toilet bathroom call it what you will. So being more safe than sorry, I took myself off for a look see.
Colonoscopy's are when the Doctor or Surgeon place a long thin tube inside your back passage, with a small camera on the end, and push it up as far as it can possibly go. This is to check for Cancers, tears, polyps which can turn nasty as you get old, and other anomalies.
The Sigmoidoscopy is a similar procedure, but they only push the tube in approximately halfway.
I had no idea what to expect, and believe me, it never dawned on me that I would have to take prep meds the day before!
Prep medication? What's that?
You really don't want to know! Seriously, imagine someone making you drink liquid fertilizer, then stand back and light the touch paper!
Anyway, here's what happened. What to expect, and how I got on.
My Diary: 10 Seconds and Counting.......!
Oh dear God! I am fed up with this darn toilet! If I never see a toilet again I will.....
Sorry let me start at the beginning! I am having a Sigmoidoscopy tomorrow. It's a bit like a colonoscopy but the camera is only pushed up into your lower colon. Up the bum turn left in plain English. But of course before we have that done we have to take something called Moviprep. All depending on what part of the world you live in it will be called by a different name. But trust me, it does the same job!
It makes you poo like a veteran! Now everybody told me it would be a nasty business. But they never said why! Don't get me wrong, it doesn't hurt. Some people may have side effects, bad stomach, feeling sick etc, but so far my sojourn into the world of laxatives isn't painful. Just boring and uncomfortable!
I must have sat on this toilet for hours! Some people take the first couple of sachets and it won't affect them for about an hour.
Me? Took me ten minutes!
So, how do you take it?
Well, you mix up both sachets's together in a litre (approx 2 pints) of water, and then drink them over the course of two hours. Then you 'rest' Yeah huh that works.....! And after another couple of hours you take some more and go through the whole thing again. You have to get to the stage when your poo is clear.
Well so far, I am still fairly 'brown' so I know I will have to take the next satchet soon. What they, the doctors don't tell you is something that is fairly obvious to someone with an inkling of sense.
Trouble is, sense goes out the window when you are having so much fun!!
So here's the list that I believe you need to keep you, well sane!
- Keep right next to the toilet!
- Keep in the toilet!
- And yes keep on the toilet! Sounds obvious? Trust me, don't get off it!
- Take your laxative in with you.
- Take a jug of water and glass in the toilet with you.
- Have a bottle of sports drink like Lucozade.
- Phone......just in case! Newspaper or even PC. You are going to be in there for a long time.
- Vaseline or wet wipes cos your bum gets so darn sore!
- Lots of toilet roll!!!And most important?
- Sanitary towels, or Tena lady towels. Even for you guys! Trust me! If you don't put one inside your undies you are gonna make a mess! Sorry to be so graphic but the truth is out there, and its here right now! You only have to walk away from the toilet for a few seconds, and, Bam! You need to go, and you need to go fast! Don't get caught short, use the towels, trust me....!
Have I got the sanitary towels? Yes of course. But its not something the docs mention, and it can well get messy without them. Sorry guys just telling it like it is!
So, now I am ready for my next satchet. I took the last one about 1 o clock, sat on the loo/toilet for about an hour, now I need to do the whole darn thing again!
Wish me luck!
Colonoscopy Day Arrives!
Up early, dive to the toilet just to make sure that everything is working fine again. Er, no, not quite but its okay. No accidents. But believe me when I say I was terrified that there may have been slight leaking.
We got there about 10 am, and this is when it got really weird. You would think that after going through the trauma of pre toilet meds, someone would be able to sit with you while you wait!
But no. My partner was left at the main door, and told to go and get coffee or something. I was then lead into a changing room. You call this a changing room? It was like those swimming changing rooms, tiny, a little bench and a hanger. And I was left there on my own for at least half an hour.
Now I have got to say that when you are going to have a medical procedure you don't expect to sit on your own for hours when you are scared witless! There was nobody, and I mean nobody, around. No nurses, doctors or even other patients!
I got up and took a look out the door. Nobody. So I went walk about till I found a nurse. She looked surprised!
'Oh, have they seen you yet?' she asked.
'Er, no....' I replied. 'Come with me then, and we will put you in the waiting room......!'
What? If I wasn't in the waiting room where the hell had I been? And yes lady, you had forgotten me!
At last they called me in. I was taken to small room and had to fill in a form with the nurse. She asked me lots of questions such as, do I want a sedative? Am I allergic to certain medicines? etc.
Then, the time had come. I went into a small operating theater and was told to jump up on the bed, and lay on my left side. Above me was a TV screen showing the whole operation as it happened.
By this time, let me tell ya, I was petrified! I tend to get panic attacks at the best of times, but the the nurses were awesome. One held my hand and told me just to breath gently, in and out, and be calm. I never had the sedative as they said it would only take a few moments.
Wish i had taken it now! As the surgeon started to put the tube up my backside it was fine, but as it got higher and higher they pump in air to expand the bowel. Nobody told me that it would hurt like hell because I have a huge scar on my stomach and it started to really pull. In fact the pain got worse and worse, until the nurse told the surgeon to slow down.
Long story short, as my eyes were screwed shut, I know, coward you are yelling! The doc said, open your eyes and take a look!
Oh yeah, full of tricks! But I did it, and under any other circumstances it would have been fascinating! If it hadn't have been me on that table!
Eventually he said that it was fine, just a couple of healthy looking polyps, and he started to take it out.
Now, sorry to go into detail, but all of a sudden there was a, well, huge gush and yes, all the rest of the liquid came out!
I was mortified! But they said it happened to most people, and then they cleaned my up! Phew!
Embarrassed? Yep! But glad it was all over. I felt a bit better and was taken to the recovery room, and once again had a small accident.....! But the nurses were great. Sorted me out, gave me a cup of tea and a biscuit/cookie and said I could go home. Phew!
After Affects of the Sigmoidoscopy.
It took me about a week to feel really normal again. To be honest I was scared to go out just in case of, well, you know! So, am I glad I did it?
Yes definitely. Purely because even though it was scary, embarrassing and downright yucky, it has made me feel relieved to know that there isn't anything wrong. And that's worth all the pain and discomfort.
If you are having a Sigmoidoscopy its really not worth having a sedative as it doesn't take long at all.
If however you are going to have the Colonoscopy then yes, make sure you take the sedative, otherwise it will be really uncomfortable. And don't forget to tell the Doc that you have stomach scars, as this was the route of my pain.
Last but not least, don't worry!
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