Saturday, November 29, 2014
I finally summoned the courage to schedule my second one as directed. This time was a whole different experience. The first surgeon quit doing them because he left Clinton Memorial and could practice more valuable skills in Dayton. I almost begged him to perform this one but he said no and recommended "the best endoscope guy in Dayton."
The doctor is good but what I went through is what I would call a butt factory. They lined up victims on gurneys and ran us through like cattle in a stockyards. The facility was great, the people were wonderful, the doctor really knows what he is doing. This procedure put me in the worst pain I think I've had all my life. It's been a week from hell, not just because of the procedure.
I have concluded they pumped me too full of carbon dioxide gas so they can do the procedure quick and easy. That gas did the same thing to me it did to LuAnn when she had her gall bladder out on September 20. She had severe pain the week following and so did I.
Carbon dioxide kills cells and irritates the nerve endings. I did a few Google searches and found the same sad stories we both went through. We felt like we were going to die!
If you have not had the procedure done or its time for another one, don't let me discourage you. Get it done. I have lost 3 close friends because they never had it done and they died of even more painful colon cancer. There is no sense in this.
But ask questions. Make sure you know how they are going to do it. I thought the prep solution made me sick at first, that big jug of PEG 3350 they have you drink the hours before the procedure. The first time was his own recipe and I had no problems with it, just Miralax and other laxatives. I intend to have mine done differently in 3 years as prescribed.
I am just starting to feel normal after starting this procedure a week ago. Ask questions and make sure you can tolerate the Carbon Dioxide gas or ask for a different way of performing it.
It's an important procedure that has saved many lives but there has to be a better way of doing it.