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   Posted 5/27/2010 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I just thought I would shoot a short post off to let you know I am still around. This house husband job is time consuming. I know what Pete has to put up with. The VA decided that I should have a colonnoscopy done. I know we all look forward to that. The local VA hospital has just recently started having their older vets with service connected disabilities scheduled. They called and told me I had to go see one of their docs because of the high level of pain meds I am on. I just saw my regular VA doc a month ago. At the appointment, the new doc said they were concerned and were trying to figure out the best way to procede. They decided to have me go through two days of cleansing before next weeks joyful event and have a special cocktail for the day of the procedure to deal with the pain and my pain meds. Then my blood pressure was high so I had to go back to my PCP as he monitors that and has it connected to my work comp issue. They said they would not continue until he stated that he was monitoring the blood pressure. So for one procedure, they have managed to get my private ins. involved, the VA with my service connected disability and my work comp ins. No wonder my blood pressure is high. I am looking forward to next week being over. I am also waiting to hear if my unemployment claim goes through. Blessings all.

Retired Mom
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   Posted 5/27/2010 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Now that sounds like medical care with government at its finest......I have to smile when I see things like that. I just want to shake my head and smile.

I do wish you the best and hope everything will turn out well for you.
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   Posted 5/27/2010 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, joy of joys a colonoscopy! I have to wonder about the VA doc finding it so difficult to do with all your pain meds. I just had mine done last year and I was (still am) on a ton of meds, and I am pretty sure it took extra versed to get me under because I remember the anesthesiologist asking the doc about starting the second vile and the look she gave him. Even the second vile didn't put me completely out, but I was in lala land watching the "tv" (monitor) of what I was laughingly calling my Katie Curic colon. They didn't know what I was talking about and probably neither did I at the moment but I was having a good time by then. I was rather insulted when I read the report that said the level of my colon's "prep" for the procedure was only "fair". My colon and I worked very hard on that for a whole day. I thought my level of prep should have been an A+, but then I guess I don't get to decide. LOL

Anyway, I hope this gets smoothed out and you get it over with quickly.

And nice to see you post!


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   Posted 5/27/2010 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
FatherJohn, nice to see you...anyways good luck with the mom said those hard to be one of the harder tests...
I think the prep alone would be too much for me,,,I sure hope time flies by for you on this...
well wishes...
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   Posted 5/27/2010 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi FJ, I wondered what you had been up too. House husband is a very hard job, but you better not complain to the new super too much or she may make the work a little more difficult, lol. Jeesh, I am so sorry, but I had to laugh when I read about all the business of what is comp related, what is private ins, what is VA related. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
Unfortunately, due to the crohns & UC I have had more colonoscopies than I want to write about, three in 6 months is my personal record. I do not understand the cleansing for two days a week ahead of time-that makes no sense. The normal scene is light meals two days before the scope and then of course the wonderful prep that tastes like crap and they want you tro drink a gallon of it the day before the prep. So, if you have never drank the prep, plan nothing that day, except to be right next to the bathroom because once it hits you don't want to be far away from it. Forget about getting out and going grocery shopping, you will have nothing but bathroom duty that day trust me on this one. You will be instructed on not to drink or eat certain foods too, like no red drinks. But, I can honestly say, the procedure is a breeze, the prep is the worst of it. I was terrified the first time I had one and I also wanted to kill my gi for putting me thru the prep, lol. Its a good thing he has been my gi for 7 years because now I can really tell him what I think of the prep, lol. I also make sure I am the old boys first patient that day and I dare him to be running late because he is at home cooking breakfast for the wife & kids. I told him I would shoot him if he ever did that to me again, lol.
Please let us know how this all turns out and don't be such a stranger.

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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   Posted 5/27/2010 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
hi there
nice to see you post again
i just recently had my first colonoscopy and it was dreadful
they didn't listen to me when i said i have chronic pain and am on meds so that the usual dose of meds to sedate would need to be higher
so i was in agony thru the whole test
he wouldn't even top me up mid way thru the test when he saw i was in horrible abd. pain and crying my eyes out
then of course i have my severe headache on top of everything and had ice on my head
so this week when i went for my gastroscopy they listened to me and i got good sedation that lasted into the evening!!
Good luck to you for your test. Let us know how everything went.
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   Posted 5/27/2010 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
So the VA is going to do your Colonoscopy? I have had one done at the VA, it was the first and last one I have ever had done by them!! Anyway I do get the full Colonoscopy once a year, right now ( I am a couple of months over due) I have been putting it off, I really do not want to ask just anybody to accompany me to the hospital and drive me home! But that is a whole different story! FatherJohn I do want to wish you luck with having the procedure, the prep of course is the worst part of it! It definitely is a "moving" experience!

I am really happy to see your post again, I do hope that you will continue posting, and more often at that!, as I have missed reading your writings!!

Do take care of Yourself FatherJohn!!!

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   Posted 5/27/2010 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   

White Beard, you give so much confidence in having the VA do this. They told me that they just recently started doing the whole colon here and they are trying to run as many of us through as they can. My wife is not able to get the day off so I will have my son take me. It is just short of 2 hours one way. The VA is always an experience.

PAlady, they are worried about how much it will take to sedate me. They were contemplating a general anesth. but that would have required them using an operationg room and then the costs go up. He told me what he was going to use and he said it is more than he normally uses but thinks it will work. Me too.

Susie, TMJ, Chart and Retiredmom, they spent extra time explaining to me the joys of the prep. Why he decised two day of prep is unknown to me except he really wants me cleaned out but from what I hear, the normal one day is more than desired. They are concerned with my meds being washed through me as well and decided that if necessary, I will just have to live a day or two in more pain than normal. They mailed me my prep supplies and have called me twice to double check that I understand the instructions and what I am to do two days before, the day before and the morning of. I am not scheduled until 1:30 PM. And they wonder why my blood pressure is so high. What scares me the most is having all three insurance or responsible parties involved, the chances of something getting messed up increases. MY PCP has justified my BP issues being connected to work comp but with the VA not going through with the colonoscopy until it is documented that the BP is being addressed by the PCP tends to mix the pot. Anyway, it will all be over next week.

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 5/27/2010 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
So Old friend, talk about a pain in the butt!! It's good to hear from you, we are overdue for a phone call and I'll try to remember to give you a ring when my company leaves. My friend Jack, the guy who rents my house down south finally came up to visit. He's been locked up in that house for about a year now like a hermit crab so it's great that he finally got out for a road trip. We have this love~hate relationship w/ each other and are constantly causing scenes everywhere we go just like high school kids!!! We just got back from a trip to the back, postoffice, fruit stand, feedstore (moma needed some horse feed), the grocery store and stopped to look at a wooden canoe for sale in front of an antique store. In every place we cause a disterbince of some kind causing everyone to turn and look at us! Some thought we were brothers and others thought we were lovers having a spat! We actually play the part some times!! At the bank I needed to get something notorized for social security and the girl at the counter said, "you'll have to wait, she's all tied up right now" to that I answered, thats OK, I have my McGiver knife/pliers on my key chain and I'll cut her loose! At that point the bank guard came walking up behind me thinking I was doing something wrong w/ my little 1" blade coming out of my keychain!!! Just kidding, doesn't anyone have a sence of humor anyymore> The girl was laughing outload!! Jack turned red as a beat! Then in the grocery store> Maybe another time, I'm running out of gas here! He is having more fun w/ his old friend than he's had in a long time! I'm making him go fishing tomorrow so that should be an adventure!
Woop, sorry to hijack your post F.J. like usual it just happened! I'm such a turd sometimes but then again> everyone knows that!!!
Anyway, sounds like you have a platefull w/ all the insurance jerks! I hope you get through it all and get back to being "The happy house spouse" again!!!!
Big Manhugz for Yuze my Good Friend!!!!!

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   Posted 5/27/2010 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with it all FJ, I can't believe how complicated they've made the insurance but at least they seem to be properly concerned about the meds and getting you sedated.

Always good to know whats going on with your bowels and colon etc than not. So apart from all the stress of it all how have you been?

Its ages since I've heard from you, is being a house husband working out? Are you missing all your students? Are you feeling positive about things?

OK I'll stop with all the questions, best wishes, golitho

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   Posted 5/27/2010 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Golitho, thanks for the reply. Life has changed. just before I was let go, my PCP did a drastic increase in my meds which he said was long over due. The increase in meds has helped with the pain but it has also taken a toll emotionally. The depression was very difficult to deal with and of course we withdraw at those times. The house husband gig has been going good. There is not much on the honey do list. When I can't sleep, I now graze over receipes and keep the family well fed. I have former students contacting me every week and I am still mentoring a couple of the guys weekly. I just found out the guy they had replace me could not handle the job and they are again looking for someone to take over. The school not doing well which is hard as I put so much into it but my responsibility ended. I was putting feelers out regarding jobs but have now decided to wait and see if unemployment goes through and see if we can make it and I can just take some more time off. I should know soon.

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   Posted 5/27/2010 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
  Dear Father John,
    It sure is good to hear from you. I have often wondered about how your were doing these past few weeks. Though I am sorry to hear you have so many people digging in to yoru medical decisions. That, has got to be, frustraiting to no end. Surly if I were in your shoes I would have toss in the towel and told em all take a leap or move out of the way! I do hope however, that eventually they all have the information they need so you can get your colonoscopy done. Who would have thought something like that would cause so many people to go digging in to your medical business? Sheesh.
    Your in our prayers here tonight. Stay strong.
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   Posted 5/27/2010 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Fatherjohn,

Had to say hi and say great to see your are in my thoughts and prayers!!


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   Posted 5/28/2010 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   

I am sorry if my post did not help you, to be honest I had a lousy experience with my VA colonoscopy, actually looking back on it, it is rather funny, frightening but still humorous, something out of a MASH movie or something! Anyway I go to the VA twice a year, for blood work and that, so I can get my scripts refilled, I have 60 % disability through the VA, other wise I avoid them as much as I can as far as medical treatment goes, they are to far away, anyway to go for regular treatments, or anything! You are definitely right about it being an experience going there! it definitely is that!

Anyway I do hope your are doing well fathejohn! Tale care!

White Beard
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