Its almost time. Ive gotten my appointments set up and I am really nervous. I go to a county free clinic and it takes forever to do anything. I finally have a times and date for my colonoscopy. I actually have three counting the actual procedure. One fifteen minute one that is for what i dont know and neither does the girl that made it for me,another the same day for fourty-five minutes thats for a pre-screening for anasthesia?? spelling is way of im sure. and then the final one seven days later that i am told could last up to six hours. i hate to always ask for help but you all always seem to have good advice and or answers. i suffer from some mental illness and realize it might be from my comprehension of things but sometimes i think they just want to shuffle me off the phone quickly is the reason they dont know when i ask questions. i usually must wait till the day of and i am with the nurse or doctor for answers and by then i might have chickened out again about the whole thing. any advice on what they want me for on the two days?
This is a fairly easy set of questions... I think. On the first appointment, they are going to hand you the goop that you have to drink the day before to "clean you out" so they can get good visuals, and explain to you how to drink it, etc.. Then, apparently they want you back so they can do the pre-screening for anesthesia (sure I spelled it wrong too).
Then, the next visit they will do the actual colonoscopy and that is a real breeze. The toughest part for me was for them to find a vein for the IV. The only question I would have is why up to six hours for this. Mine took about one hour from start to finish!
I'm glad you have your colonoscopy scheduled. The one day with 2 appointments, they will draw blood, get a urine specimen, and you will see the anesthetist. That's when you can tell them what anesthesia you prefer for the colonoscopy --- totally out or heavily sedated. The one 7 days later, you will see the doctor to go over your lab results, you will have a chest x-ray, EKG, just basic pre-op testing, and they will tell you how they want you to prep the day before the colonoscopy. Nothing major. I assume you are scheduled for the colonoscopy a few days after the 2nd appointment? Don't worry, it's nothing big. Since you are on so many meds, they might tell you not to take some of them for a couple of days before the procedure, especially if you are on a blood thinner, which you have to stop taking 5 days before. Be sure to tell your doctor and the anesthetist if you are anxious about the procedure. They will make sure you have plenty of pre-op sedation and you won't give a flip what they do.
The order of the pre-op testing might be a little different than I've had, but the tests they run will be the same. No worries, my friend. Just kick back and enjoy the nap! Be sure to have someone drive you and wait for you. They will not do the colonoscopy unless you have someone waiting to drive you home. You definitely won't be able to call a cab or take the bus. I know everything will be fine, so don't fret.
dear -My wife has undergonee this and she says you will have to bear this.Somebody must be with you in night if necessary.Hope your parents or friends are available.Of course , there is no cause of any big concern. Ensure that you have good doctors around.India doctors are better. I am not teeling this because I am Indian but while in my saty in USA , many americans have told me that Indian dosctors are more caring. I am not blaming others .It is just that India doctors in US have to go thru many things agaian and again and then they get far more exposure at thier initial stay in India.Just try to stay relaxed , do Meditation < Prayers , visit church , temple or whatever give you solace.Do deep breathing as and when you remember.Just Cool and I am sure you will be FINE--God bless
I am not trying to minimize your anxiety, but I have had millions of colonoscopies and trust me u getting yourself worked up for nothing... you go in they give u meds like the first poster stated... this cleans u out then they talk to you about all the meds u r on etc... tell u not to eat or drink after midnight etc... day of the procedure... and anesthesialogist will talk to you and ask u ?'s like have u every had anesthesia before or issues with it etc..and that's it..they bring u into the procedure room give u meds to put u out and bam u r awake n done before u can say hey... lol So don't do this to yourself I trust me have done so many that I no it like the back of my hand and it is not painful..the only pain is the little prick to put iv in to give u meds to put u to sleep thats it... so no worries OKAY... good luck my friend...
I have to say of course your nervous this is first procedure. But the day before is the worse because your soooo hungry even if your not big eater anytime someone tell you not to eat that's when everything look so good Big Macs look si good , then you'll stay in bathroom to the point you want to bring t.v in there.but next day your nervous but just find some inner peace think about lovely thing and once you count back 1,2,3 your in la.la la
nd and their waking you up saying OK time to go
lol.you'll be fine. God Bless you
OK John, I find it helps a lot to write down my concerns/questions so that if I become anxious or nervous during my MD visit, I have the piece of paper to refer to. Sound to me that you are fixating on your anxiety over this procedure. The only reason you may have to allow 6 hour is that there might be a wait depending on how booked the doctor is. You are more insightful than you think into yourself and what's happening. Trust all of us who have answered you. You will be fine. I've had cancer and a colonoscopy and believe me, I'd rather have the latter. My positive thoughts are with you. Bless you. BRuthD
John, you will not get any needle poking or IV's until right before the procedure. The IV is how they give you the sedating drugs so it is important that you have one placed. They will give you some fluids too, to keep you hydrated. Most people say the prep is worse then the procedure. You will be completely cleaned out (this helps them to visualize the colon best) so most people say that the day before, spent n the bathroom is the worst part. You will be well sedated during your procedure and you likely wont have memory of the procedure because of the drugs they give. It is really no big deal. You will laugh at yourself afterward for getting so stressed over nothing. The first one is the worst because you dont know what to expect.
Like the other said, the first visit is to get your prep prescription and instructions, the second visit is with anesthesia so they can interview you to see if you or anyone in your family has had trouble with anesthesia, then the last visit is the procedure. It is usually after the procedure that they will schedule follow up to discuss the results. Be sure to have a driver who is willing to stay at the clinic and wait for you until you are done. They usually schedule the procedure for a long time (or tell you that it could take longer) just in case the doc gets behind or if something takes longer than expected but usually it wont be any more then 1-2 hours max even though they tell you it can take up to six hours, it would be rare that you were there that long. Many times the girls who schedule the procedures dont have any medical knowledge at all and have no idea what goes on with the patient. That is why they dont answer your questions. Most likely they dont know much more than you do because all they do is scheduling. If you have questions about the procedure, ask during the first visit. If your questions are related to anesthesia, ask during that visit. As another poster wrote, it can help you write your questions down before you go since ones mind tends to go blank or get distracted during the visit. Best of luck! You will do just fine!! As a rule, these are no big deal at all.
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