Well I had my endoscopy last Thursday and surprisingly it went well. I mean I was expecting anxiety off the hook leading up to it and the morning of, but it never really appeared. Anyway I need to schedule a follow up visit to discuss the results in more detail. The doctor did let me in on the preliminary findings but he did it practically the moment I woke from the anesthesia and I was in a fog still. I do remember him saying there was inflammation and that there was to much phlegm that could be contributed to reflux. The paperwork I got back mentioned gastritis, esophagitis, and hiatal hernia (already knew about the hernia from last probing).
For those that haven’t had the pleasure of an endoscopy, this was my second, let me walk you through the morning. Now this was of course my experience, your medical facility may differ.
After checking in and registering our first stop was the ambulatory care unit. Here I just laid back while the nurse took my vitals and asked a few questions. Then when you least expect it they jab ya with a needle. This was a prep for the IV, they just put the needle in for latter.
After a bit of time, not long really, I got a nice wheelchair ride upstairs. They even wrapped me in a nice warm blankie (I mean it had been warmed up), in case I forgot to mention above I was now in one of those fun hospital gowns. Upstairs you climb into a new bed while they ask more questions and you sign a couple forms. They also start you IV as well. Again not much latter your bed is wheeled into the procedure room.
Now in this room is where I expected major anxiety but I was doing quite well. I mean all the monitors and probes can make anyone nervous. When everyone was ready (they didn’t ask me if I was though) we got started. They have you turn and lay on your left side then spray some gunk in your mouth to numb your throat (tasted like crap). This made it interesting to try to swallow. To make it worse they next place a plastic guard with a hole in the middle, this is for the camera to go in, in your mouth and strap it on. Luckily within minutes of this sleepy time started as they started the anesthesia. I was out fast! At this point it’s all guesses to what they did, I assume that’s when the probing started and the camera made its way to my tummy.
Next think I know I’m waking up and getting in a wheelchair to be shuttled out, wife says she got me dressed but I don’t remember that part. All and all from check in to roll out it was about two and half to three hours. Stayed in a fog most of the day but funny thing is I felt great, till it all wore off then my throat got pretty sore.
Like I said next step is the follow up visit to find out more, they most likely also took some biopsy samples that I’ll find out results from. I also need to do a another visit with my primary doctor to start seeing what the cause of the excess phlegm and breathing issues may be.
One step at a time 🙂 over all though I am feeling better, just tired.