Although I was told that it was a safe procedure, I was still anxious. And friends whom I consulted didn't help. Scaring me with 'Banglas nudging each other and smirking in the corridor as you were wheeled out of the threatre'.... 'What if there's perforation and you need to carry a bag with you at all times?'
Okay, that got me sitting down to calculating the insurance payout odds should a mishap happen. k-chinggg k-chinggg, money money money! hehehe.....
The day before the colonoscopy, I had to change to a soft diet - porridge and soup noodles. From 6pm, I had to drink 4 litres of Colonic lavage powder solution over 4 hours. And after drinking that, it was frequent runs to the toilet until I finally collapsed onto bed. It was already wordless Wednesday and I was actionless........
The morning of my procedure, I was in the Endoscopy Centre by 9.30am. After changing into a sarong, a doctor came to put an IV needle into my right hand. Ouccchhhh! I hate needles! I was pushed into the threatre at 11am and out in 20 minutes.
One thing very comforting was the doctors were young good-looking chaps. hahaha..... now I'm smirking. I'm glad I went for a spa to cleanse and scrub my whole body before this. I must have the best looking
I was given painkillers and slept the whole of yesterday and today. I'm feeling better.
Oh... oh... for those of you who asked for 4Ds, here goes. Bed 26, operating threater 03. Yesterday was 24th October. All the other numbers are in the post. Good luck!
Colonoscopy is a procedure that enables an examiner (usually a gastroenterologist) to evaluate the appearance of the inside of the colon (large bowel). This is accomplished by inserting a flexible tube that is about the thickness of a finger into the anus, and then advancing it slowly, under visual control, into the rectum and through the colon. It is performed with the visual control of either looking through the instrument or with viewing a TV monitor.
Why is colonoscopy done?
This test may be done for a variety of reasons. Most often it is done to investigate the finding of blood in the stool, abdominal pain, diarrhea, a change in the bowel habits, or an abnormality found on colon x- ray or a CT scan. Certain individuals with previous history of polyps or colon cancer and certain individuals with family history of particular malignancies or colon problems may be advised to have periodic colonoscopies because they are at a greater risk of polyps or colon cancer.
Due to the high mortality associated with colon cancer and the high effectivity and low risks associated with colonoscopy, it is now also becoming a routine screening test for people 50 years of age or older. Subsequent rescreenings are then scheduled based on the initial results found, with a five- or ten-year recall being common for colonoscopies that produce normal results.