Hitting the Fan 1


Tomorrow is my endoscopy/colonoscopy double feature¬†procedure. I’m not really worried about it. The only thing that I’m sort of worried about is passing out between now and then from my sugar dropping because of the liquid diet thing. I’ve had two small cups of white grape juice and 1 pineapple-flavored popsicle. I can have clear liquids, as long as they aren’t red, orange, or purple, which eliminates a lot of stuff. I could have some chicken broth, but I learned in 2003 that I truly loathe chicken broth.

I should probably be more worried about things like intracolonic explosions, which is apparently a legitimate risk with a colonoscopy. Honestly, though, if that happens and if I were to survive it, which is also possible, I would think I would laugh. Why? Think of all the jokes that could be told afterward. I mean, it seems like the kind of thing that you could never run out of jokes for–and if you did, then you’re obviously not trying hard enough to make them.

This is seriously the dumbest route that I have EVER seen. To get there from HH Main, you'd actually just go from Gallatin to Governors and drive until you get there. It's about 2-3 minutes max. Or if you don't want to drive, you get in the tram between them, but that takes longer and causes dizziness.

This is seriously the dumbest route that I have EVER seen. To get there (B) from HH Main (A), you’d actually just go from Gallatin to Governors and drive until you get there. It’s about 2-3 minutes max. Or if you don’t want to drive, you get in the tram between them, but that takes longer and causes dizziness. BTW – Every building on that side of Governor’s is part of the hospital complex.

Oh, I do have another thing I’m actually worried about: my veins. Anytime there is any sort of procedure and I have to get stuck, I worry about my veins. I’m not as worried today about them as I was earlier this week, though. Earlier in the week, I thought I was having the procedures done in the endoscopy center at HH Main. When I had my last endoscope there, they basically tortured me trying to get blood. I think that was the day when I got accused of causing my veins to be hard to see and for a couple of them blowing. (Yeah, more than one blew and that was all my fault because I guess they thought I enjoyed that sensation.) The hospital I’ll be at tomorrow is down the block from Main. The nurses at the one I’ll be at typically admit defeat when they can’t get my veins to cooperate. Typically, if they can’t hit them, they actually go and get the anesthesiologist to do it. Generally, I would much rather have an anesthesiologist, a cardiac nurse, or an oncology nurse start an IV on me than a nurse who isn’t used to hard sticks and gets super-nervous about it. (Health care professionals tend to forget that their anxieties can impact their ability to do things like IVs.)

It’ll be my luck that tomorrow W&C‘s Endoscopy Center will have the nurses from the Main Endoscopy center. I think many of the Endoscopy Center nurses end up working out of both buildings. So I guess I shouldn’t feel too relieved…yet.

Okay, I think I need to go find something to eat drink. My blood sugar feels like it is dropping again, and it’s been a little while since I last tried to down some juice. Besides, I start taking the prep in an hour. (Gross.)

Oy.


About Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.


One thought on “Hitting the Fan

  • Jenn

    Good luck tomorrow! I hope it all goes well. I had a colonoscopy in October of 2011, and I swear the worst part was the prep…that stuff was gross to drink, and there was so much of it. :X

    Anyway, good luck. I hope everything goes smoothly (no pun intended, I swear. LOL.), and that something comes of it – a diagnosis, and hopefully not a bad one.

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