Today was my repeat gastroscopy with biopsies. Appointment was at 9:30am this time. I was thankful for that because I woke up this morning starving and I avoided the kitchen all morning. I chose my clothing accordingly because I remember last time, I didn’t remember getting dressed after the procedure was completed and I wanted to avoid a wardrobe mishap – giving the everyone in the recovery room a free show. I was taken in promptly at 9:30am.
I was concerned about the IV since I remember what happened last time. Poke poke poke…nurse trade off…poke again and in. Next day, big bruise that lasted a week on my wrist. Made for a good story. This time, I psyched myself up and told my body to please let the IV go in easily this time. After 1 minute of dangling arm pendulums and some vein tapping the nurse attempted to put the IV in and BINGO, it went in. Then the waiting time began.
I waited in some chairs in the recovery room for about 45 minutes before I was taken into the procedure room. While I was waiting, other people were placed beside me in queue. After the first 15 minutes, I started to get a little bored so I pulled out my phone and started taking self portraits to help document the journey. I did them secretly because I didn’t want anyone in the recovery room to think I was a weirdo. No one was beside me at that point. About 5 minutes later, another woman was placed beside me. Then, I heard a high pitched farting noise from a nearby patient. Note: for those of you who do know me, know that I ALWAYS find farts funny. I tried to not laugh out loud. Then it continued, as if the person was intentionally playing an orchestrated tune from his bottom. I managed not to burst out in laughter (thank goodness!!). I realized later that colonoscopy procedures cause you to pass gass afterwards. That will be something I can look forward to in the future. Although the risk of me developing colon cancer is lower in my pedigree, I will start screening when I’m 37.
I was taken in at 10:45am. The only difference with this endoscopy one was that there was a larger team working with me. Before I fell asleep I heard the oncologist talking to a medical resident about the gene and how she was going to take 12 x 4 biopsies. She was going to need two nurses to help out. Then I faded into nice sleep.
I woke up in the recovery room and managed to get dressed without any issues. I don’t remember getting dressed again so I’m glad I chose something easy. This time I was able to walk to the lobby while mom went to get the car. Mom put me in a chair near the window and said, “Watch out for the van, I am going to pull up to the window”. When she arrived at the front, she was wondering why I hadn’t come out yet. Through the glass windows, she saw that I was sitting in the lobby chair, sawing logs.
Follow up for this procedure will be Jan 22. I know the biopsies will be negative. But I’ll keep you all posted!
To end off, here is a picture of my IV while I was waiting in the waiting room.