Melissa2972 wrote:The doctor’s office called and actually I am only having a consult on Saturday with the Gastrointrologist. Based on that appointment he will advise me what is next the nurse explained. And if I preferred not to be sedated I could stay awake. I prefer to stay awake. Any advice from those that know what that is like would be appreciated.
Melissa, I had my first colonoscopy without sedation. Other than some very slight discomfort with the insertion and removal of the scope due to hemorrhoids I did not have an issue.
I was able to watch the screen throughout and saw my tumour. The procedure was done in hospital and led to my diagnosis. It was not anything that made me want to cringe other than having my ass exposed to 2 strangers, but you kind of get used to that after childbirth....
A year later, and I have had my second colonoscopy following my surgery and chemo. I wrote about the prep for it here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=61239&p=485418#p484667
I told my surgeon that I did not want to be sedated for the second one at my 1 year follow up appointment with her. She was hesitant at the time and said I should wait until procedure day to decide. I wanted to see the surgical site, to see where the intestines had been sewn back together. I made the mistake of allowing an IV to be inserted in my arm ("It's just in case you need it" I was told) prior to entering the procedure room and ended up being fully sedated. I was extremely disappointed with that. I was awake for about the last minute and watched. Next time I will reject the IV.
These two videos might be helpful, the first is Katie Couric and her procedure, the second is her convincing a co-worker to have one done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adMfyB-eHoI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLAPQdlXgdU&t=29s
All the best on yours.
CC Dx Oct 2017 @ age 58
Laparoscopic right hemi-colectomy Dec 2017
Adenocarcinoma ascending colon – 6cm x 6cm x 2cm, Low Grade, penetrates to peritoneum
T4a N2a M0, Stage IIIC
lymph nodes 6 positive out of 18
FOLFOX started Jan 16 2018; finished Aug 2 2018 (felt like a year)
CEA - 01/15/18 - 2.8; 07/29/18 - 5.3
CT scan Aug 8 2018 - Clear
PET scan Sept 6 2018 (thought about bringing the cat
) - Clear
Colonoscopy Dec 7 2018 - Clear - Next in 3 years?