hiker wrote:Hey Melissa,
First, I'm a man so I have no clue how it affects breastfeeding. I can tell you it's no big deal. You go to sleep, it's over and you're out the door in about an hour. You will be groggy for a while and can't drive that day so someone will need to take you home. You should be fine the next day.
Second, is that a typo? Baby number 14! My wife had 3 and we were thinking maybe 4, but 14????
DarknessEmbraced wrote:I'm sorry you're going through this!*hugs* I wouldn't cancel your colonoscopy. The worst part is the prep. It helps me to keep the prep cold and to chase it with another drink due to the horrible taste. You will have to remain near a bathroom during prep because you will be in there a lot. Maybe you could pump and put your breast milk into bottles so you will have time to get to the bathroom. During the colonoscopy they give you medication so you won't feel pain nor remember. If your doctor takes biopsies during the colonoscopy you may have more bleeding. Good luck!
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.
mobrouser wrote: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:
All the best on yours.
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