Post Edited (Bluize) : 5/20/2009 9:39:29 AM (GMT-6)
ok, I was sedated. Probably a whole lot since I woke up and I was having two procedures. From start to finish the whole thing took about 50 minutes.
There were no instructions such as call your doc tomorrow or anything. The nurse just told me what to do, what not to eat and to take the meds I had.
I feel like I wasn't even a participant in this.
Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)
Diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica
Post Edited (Bluize) : 5/19/2009 9:39:51 AM (GMT-6)
well Mike, I have had many colonoscopies and they have always been done under propofol. This doc originally wanted to semi sedate me with versed and demerol. I opted for an anesthesiologist so I could be put out. I asked the doc if I would be out and she said yes. I will be out completely using both drugs. I was only out for 50 minutes according to the nurse and the clock on the wall. I had two procedures. I have had this done before and my other GI always was there when I woke up to give me the gist of what he found and showed me pics.
She arrived an hour late. Said 3 words to me, I signed a consent and then i was out only to awaken with pain. (Not out, I was not properly sedated). Complete sedatation is common..it's as common as the semi conscious sedation. I was in a regular recovery area with others who had a colonoscopy. The nurse gave me instructions, my husband signed me out and they tried to reach the doc and she was gone. Her office hours are until 5 and this was 5:10. She does procedures on Monday and Wed.
This is the first time I have ever experienced a doctor being an hour late to a procedure without even an apology knowing how awful prep and a clear diet can be for 2 days. I find it appalling how my time was disregarded as a patient. Even more, not giving me or my husband who is my health care proxy any information. He didn't know to meet me on the other floor. He thought something might have been wrong.
I requested nothing out of the ordinary. This might be the way they do it there, but they didn't give me the info I needed.
MikeB, Evidently not all hospitals agree with you about what is typical for a colonoscopy. At Englewood Hospital an anesthesiologist worked with my daughter when she had her scope done in 2006.
The tone of your post is a tad off-putting.
Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 5/19/2009 4:10:07 PM (GMT-6)
This kind of treatment I think is unfortunately quite common in public hospitals in Australia. I had a surgical procedure of insertion of two setons a month ago and was not spoken to by a dr afterwards, I was simply sent home. I understand this is because the surgeons are extremely busy and are in surgery all day. It was scary to be sent home without being consulted on what happened in the theatre but I also understand that these medical professionals are extremely busy and time-poor. I guess since nothing was ‘snipped’ and it wasn’t surgery then they felt your follow-up would be a soon enough time to brief you on what they found during the colonoscopy.
It can be very scary and frustrating but I have come to learn this is the way of the medical system and not much can be done about it. I had surgery the day before yesterday and was lucky to have some Q’s answered following surgery but of course now I have so many more Q’s I wish I’d asked! And I only had someone to follow up following surgery because I demanded it before I went in. otherwise I would have just been sent home…