I've had three or four colonoscopies (with one coming up next Wednesday
) three barium tests, more sigmoidoscopies than I remember, and at least two EGDs. It was really sad when the ladies in the hospital remembered me, and wrote me a get well card. It was really nice but I don't want the people at the hospital and labs knowing me by name!!
Anyway, I've been knocked out cold for all of the c-scopes, and the prep is certainly the worst part (which is what I'm DREADING right now). Passing gas after sucks too and after having UC for 8 years I STILL haven't gotten used to it and refuse to do so in front of people. After every scope I wait until I can walk and then go straight for the bathroom, turn on the water, and let them go until I can't anymore. Once the nurse actually wanted to stay in there with me because she was worried about me falling- I was young and really out of it from the anesthesia- but she settled for standing right outside the door with my mom. Seriously mortifying. It's easy to say "They've seen and heard it all, they don't care" but I still can't bring myself to be that open.
I've never remembered any of my colonoscopies, but I have been awake for two sigmoidoscopies... In Iowa they don't believe in putting you all the way out I guess. The first time was really uncomfortable, a little painful, and mildly traumatizing. I didn't like laying there while some guy was probing around in my butt with three people watching on TV. And feeling the biopsies being taken was not painful but not something I enjoyed. The next time I had to have one done with them I told them I was seriously uncomfortable before and would really like more medication; they gave it to me and I do remember bits and pieces but no pain and everything is jumbled. It's cool to see your insides but I'd much rather be asleep and hear about it from the doctor than ever go through that again, to be honest.