On the Bright Side, Maybe I’ll Lose a Few Pounds?
|October 31, 2013||Posted by Sarah under Health & Wellness, Ulcerative Colitis|
That was my thought process earlier in the week when I started to prep for the colonoscopy I had yesterday. As I mentioned last week, I’ve been having some not so fun health issues that relate to my Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and this procedure was imminent. I’ve been trying to stay positive and not worry too much about what’s going on, but as hard as I’ve tried there just seems to be this black cloud hanging over me for the past few weeks. I just wanted to get this over with, get some answers and move on.
While the procedure itself if no big deal, the day before is no picnic. I’ll save you all the lovely details, but it involves fasting with clear liquid only, drinking a ton of stuff to “clear” your system out, and a lot of time in the bathroom. Fun times!
Notice I labeled the bottle…didn’t want B accidentally grabbing some. My morning was spent in bed cuddling with cats while I waited to leave. I hate when these things are scheduled for mid-day. I rather get up early and get it over with!
Besides all the prep the worst part of any procedure for me is the IV. I am a big baby when it comes to needles and tend to pass out. So the nurse had me lie down on a giant chair in a tiny room to avoid that from happening. It was actually quite comical to watch them maneuver around. I have tiny veins on a good day, but considering that I was dehydrated from the prep it was becoming difficult to find a good one. Just what I wanted to hear. However in the process, the nurse noticed my Barbells for Boobs bracelet and said she saw the coverage on the news and that it looked like a really fun event! Cool 🙂
On the second try, they got the IV started and I didn’t pass out…yet….
I know you’re totally jealous of those super fashionable socks I got to wear. Don’t lie! So I was feeling fine and getting rehydrated, so they put my chair back down and gave me a warm blanket.
That’s when the dizziness started, my ears started ringing and the faintness started coming on. Not sure what happened, but the nurse saw my face and promptly put the chair back down and rubbed my head with a cool cloth. I’m such a wuss…
Trying to keep my sense of humor…
The procedure went well and thankfully I didn’t wake up in the middle this time. Yeah that happened last time…not fun. Good news is my colitis has not spread up my left side and there were no signs of polyps or cancer. Not so good news, I might be showing signs of either an infection or the beginning of Crohn’s. Not so fun. I have an appointment with my doctor in about a week to go over the results and talk about my medication options. I’m voting for steroids over immuosuppressants, but we shall see.
Having not eaten for about 36 hours all I wanted to do was stuff my face. We hit Chipoltle on the way home and I got a burrito bowl with ALL THE THINGS.
The rest of my day consisted of naps and more cat cuddling in front of the pellet stove. I mean really, they are the best nurses!
Today, I’m not feeling 100%. I started running a fever last night and was very achy. A few Tylenol seemed to break the fever, but I’m still feeling sluggish and tired. Besides that, I am emotionally feeling a lot better about things and hopeful that I can now start on the road to remission after having all of these tests done. Because of the possibility of Crohn’s, I might have to do a capsule endoscopy next to get a look at my small intestines and see if there is any inflammation in there. That should be interesting…
Oh and I did end up losing about 4 pounds in the process, so that’s a bonus 😉