a reply to: droid56
But if you're unconscious, you miss getting to see your insides going by on the monitor, something you definitely don't get to see every day! I've
been 'scoped twice now; the 1st time, the doctor gave me Demerol, & then a second dose when the 1st didn't put me out. Still awake for some reason, I
watched the monitor, & was treated to the aforementioned sight. All was well until the scope reached a bend somewhere in there, & the doctor had to
push the hose the way a plumber will push a snake to get it around a tight bend. That was the only time I felt any pain.
5 years later, I mentioned that to the doctor's assistant when scheduling another 'scoping appointment. She said it may have been due to an effect of
the anesthetic. I chose no anesthetic for the 2nd time (why bother when it wasn't gonna put me out), & all went well that time, so maybe she was
I suppose the skill of the person doing the scoping also counts. It wasn't a pleasant experience, but I focused on the monitor & marveled at the
technology available in this day & age. It helped me to not think about what was going on back there where, thankfully, I couldn't see.
I lost my dad to undetected colon cancer that spread throughout his body. He was only 52; he didn't see a doctor when he started having pains in his
gut, because they would go away... until the day they didn't. He finally went to the doctor, but by that time, it was already too late, & his exit was
slow & painful. All because he made a mistake in an area where life is most unforgiving of mistakes. Colon cancer is one of the more easily treated
cancers as long as it's detected early on. I'll never know for sure, but he probably didn't have to die so young.
Yeah, getting 'scoped is a drag, but there's nothing like the peace of mind I get from knowing that there's nothing nasty going on in my colon. The
scope is an amazing tool. In addition to the camera & light, there's also a wire loop cutting tool, & a spark gap to cauterize a wound caused by
cutting. Not to get too gross about it, but I know this because both times, when the scope was on the way out, the doc needed to cut out a couple of
rectal polyps that showed up.
What surprised me was that with or without anesthetic, I didn't feel a thing as I watched them being cut out, & the wounds being cauterized with the
spark. Both times they were biopsied, & both times they were found to be benign.
And yes, both times, it was Party Time after getting the reports!
edit on 12/10/2014 by BuzzCory because: Fixed stuff so it reads better.