OT to the Extreme - Worth Saying Nevertheless

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John DeBoo said:

Gave me some kind of "forget all about it" drug before the procedure. Not general anesthesia because I was conscious throughout. At least that's what they said. As far as I know, I could have been in mortal agony and screaming for mercy, but I remember absolutely nothing from the time they said "Roll over on your left side" until I was lying on the couch at home. The wife told me that I was flirting with the three nurses that helped me get dressed. Kinda wish I remembered that. Ain't often SWMBO lets me get away with that.
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You'd just had your insides reamed out by a number of people and then proceeded to flirt with three women. I don't know about you, but if it had happened to me, I wouldn't want to remember it.
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They told SWMBO that I wouldn't remember either, but I either got the placebo, or they got the dosage wrong ... I remember every detail, and even caught a polyp the roto rooter "operator" missed while he was "pulling pipe", to put it in the oil field vernacular. Got him to "backup" and sure enough ... he actually said "thank you".
SWMBO's remark when he mentioned it to her: "that's about par for the course".
Now, I recently had an gastric (endoscope) procedure from the other end ... that was much worse, IMO and I do not remember anything past the deadening of my tongue with that damn spray. Took a good 24 hours to get over that doping.
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It must be the 'season' . . . just had my 2nd one. It was a follow-up to the one of 3 years ago. In that one several polyps were caught . . . frangible ones.
Since we're friends of the Surgeon {Joanne worked with her for about 10 years} she biopsied a couple of points she would have passed by on anyone else. If nothing from Path, I'm good for another 10 years.
The worst thing for me isn't so much the prep - Gatorade-rum-Miralax - but the waiting. We were told to be there by 0900 . . . and they didn't start till 1100. About 15 sec after the Propafol . . . you are waking up. {The endoscope is about 10mm in dia and about 1 meter long}.
Regards & Good Luck to ALL, Ron Magen Backyard Boatshop {PS: it's the SAME scope . . . but I've been assured they DO clean it well !!}

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Had my First Encounter of the Colon Kind about 1982. Had hemorrhoids and they wanted see what was happening, so they decide to run the barium enema first. Up on the table, painful insertion of tube - hemorrhoids - and blow up the internal ballon. Guy now procedes to move the IV stand holding the enema - drags me by the tube for the length of the table - screaming.
Then they find a polyp. "Well, that'll have to come out!" Now I get the 1982 version of the BoweloScope. I think it was inch and a half PVC with a 60 watt bulb attached - did I mention hemorrhoids?. They chop out the polyp - I think they used garden shears, but I was somewhat distracted by the Hemorrhoids.
Next I recover and then get sent to the Hemorrhoid man for 'Painless' Removal. "Much better than surgery and just some moderate discomfort." Back on the table, mooning the ceiling. Much better than surgery turned out to be an alligator clip attached to a rubber band pistol. After the first one, the pain center of the brain just Shut Down. Yes, they grab a hemorrhoid with the alligator clip and shoot a rubber band over it - few days and it just drops off. Just like castrating hogs!
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Mon, Nov 21, 2005, 3:03pm (EST-1) snipped-for-privacy@nohow.org (TomVeatch) doth say: <snip> I remember absolutely nothing from the time they said "Roll overon your left side" until I was lying on the couch at home. <snip>
Yep, that's about the same part I get knocked out. But, I always wake up in the "recovery" room, or whatever it is. The last time was a male nurse. I always dress myself. I asked the guy how I did, and he told me I'd already asked him that twice, but I think he was just yanking my chain. They then wheelchair me out, my kid takes me home, and drops me off. No prob.
JOAT Just pretend I'm not here. That's what I'm doing.
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OK, I'm convinced.
I'm making the appt for my 50 yr/50,000 beer checkup. Whichever comes first.
-Zz

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Just before I had my first colonoscopy earlier this year, I asked about the pretest and was told very emphatically that while the stool sample pretest can indicate a need for a further testing, it isn't even a 50% guarantee that there's nothing wrong.
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