A Trip To The Hospital

Hello Lovelys,

Sorry it has been a while since i have blogged, this post is just a quick update with all the IBD stuff that is going on. Recently i went into hospital for a Endoscopy and i thought i would just write a little about my experience with it and a bit about the prep before.

This post is going to be as detailed as it can without being too graphic, but if you have questions then you can message me :)

So i had a letter through from the hospital saying i was going to be scheduled for a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, this procedure is performed to view the lower larger intestine, but after seeing a doctor at the hospital it was changed to a Colonoscopy. The difference being that the whole larger bowel was now going to be examined.

Before the procedure you have to "prep" your bowels so that they are clean. There two ways this can be done, personally i was given tablets and a laxative drink but you can be given an enema instead.
Depending on the time your scheduled in will determine when you have to take and drink the prep and how your diet will be.
I was scheduled in for the Monday afternoon so on Saturday i had to start a low fiber diet which restricted me from eating things like wholemeal, vegetables, fruits, seeds...etc.
Then on the Sunday i had to take some tablets and drink one sachet of the laxative drink and on the Monday morning i had to take the other sachet.
Over these two days i was only allowed to eat a low fiber breakfast on the Sunday morning before a no solids diet, i basically had water, sucked on clear mints and at one point had a lemonade lolly :)

The laxative drink i had was called movi-prep and i wont lie, the first sachet was disgusting but bearable, the second sachet had to be mixed with 2 pints of water and i found it so difficult. Every person will react differently to the taste, other people mix it with clear flavoured cordial's i personally mixed it with a little orange but i did end up throwing back the first 8 oz.
The only way i can describe the taste is that its like lemon barely water but for me the consistency was what i found the most difficult as it was kind of bitty and it was like inhaling powder-y water even though the solution was clear.
I eventually got the rest down me in the time frame i had, wont lie there were tears, and i really thought i couldn't do it as i hate being sick, so i was panicking that i would throw it back up again. I actually phoned the hospital in the end to double check that i would still be considered "clean" with the first 8 oz coming back up. Thankfully i was, and what i think helped is throughout that day i did really up my fluids more than i did on the Sunday.
I'm not going to go on about how many times i went to the bathroom or the experience as everyone is different and in all honesty compared to some of the stories i have read, i seem to have gotten it easier in that area of the whole experience, but if you have any question you can drop a comment :)

The colonoscopy... so when this was brought up i was terrified, not of the camera but because i have a needle phobia. I was told by the doctor that 6 out of 10 patients who have the same procedure have no form of sedation. I was relieved that i had the option but then ironically became scared of the camera. For my procedure i opted for gas and air (which was a god-send) to take off the edge of panicking.
Ok so for the graphic-y bit, you have to have your blood pressure taken and wear a gown and some shorts with a slit in the back (very fashionable). Then your taken into the procedure room and asked to lay down on the hospital bed with your knees tucked up. Then your prepped for the camera to be inserted... I suggest you start the gas and air (if you opted for that) around about then.The camera is really thin, trust me the insertion isn't painful or uncomfortable but the end of the camera has an air channel to inflate the colon a little as it passes through.
At this point i had to be rolled onto my back, as i hadn't felt the need to take the gas and air, the bloating pain hit me quite suddenly, t
his is because the camera is being pushed through the inflated colon with no where for the air to go. In a state of shock i did get a little panic-y, which is completely normal. So after the camera went past the first corner i was fine, i had a couple of breaths of the gas and air but i couldn't really feel anything once the inflation went down (thanks to the nurse pushing on my stomach a little), even when the biopsy's were taken there was no pain. 
During all of this you have the option to watch what they are doing which can be comforting to some people but i politely declined this and put my iPod in one ear and looked away.
The procedure takes about 20 minutes and after your finished your cleaned up and rolled down to the ward where you can have a drink, get changed and come round from the anesthetic if you opted for it. I was then given a report of the general findings but usually everything is confirmed when the biopsy's get tested. This can take around a week or so.

So that is a little update with a general go through of my procedure, if anyone has questions then go ahead, i have had my results back and will do an update on that in a few days.

Thank for reading!

Hannah Marie x

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