The procedure

January 17, 2008 at 9:23 pm | Posted in family, sick, Video | 6 Comments

This morning’s endoscopy was an acid trip. I don’t remember most of being in the hospital (and of course I was knocked out cold during the actual procedure), but what I do remember is pretty funny.

First off, the not so fun part. I was scared. So scared. It’s silly, really, how scared I was to be put under anesthesia. The camera down my throat thing excited me and I knew once it was all over, I’d be happy to have this rare opportunity to see the inside of my stomach.

Once Sean left for the waiting room and they wheeled me into that room, my heart rate shot up dangerously high to 153 BPM. The nurses and anesthesiologist seemed quite concerned; a normal heartbeat should be less than 100 beats per minute. Next I knew, I was awake and had been talking to my Love for quite some time without recollection.

After they put me out and performed the endoscopy, my morning became a fantastic acid trip. Once I woke up I couldn’t stop laughing and saying “THIS IS WONDERFUL!” to all of the nurses. One of them said that I was the happiest endoscopy patient she had ever had. But seriously, I felt like kissing everyone for giving me such a fun operation.

Upon waking up, I asked my small mustached Jewish doctor if I farted during the operation. This, to me, was something I really needed to know. He acted awkwardly, as if he had just peed himself on stage at some award show, and told me that no, you didn’t fart, you were a perfect and classy patient.

About the results: The good and bad news is that the pictures came back looking not so great. I don’t have an ulcer, but my esophagus and stomach are lined with patches of red blotches.  The doctor  suspects the medications I was given to treat my Lyme were the culprit. We’re not sure really what is causing the irritation, but at least I feel better knowing that I’m one step closer to finding out why my stomach is in a constant state of discomfort.  I’ll wait to hear more from the results of my two biopsies on Monday.

The best part of today followed the endoscopy. Sean stayed with me until my sister could arrive, and then we picked up my mother and the three of us girls spent the entire day together.

Throughout this whole thing, Sean has been taking great care of me. He wouldn’t even let me fold an afghan this morning. He told me that I told all of the nurses this morning how much I loved him at every opportunity I found. I don’t remember mentioning my love for Sean at all. I guess being in love will do that to a person.

I’m glad that I don’t have to be conscious to proclaim to complete strangers how lucky I am to have found my soul mate.


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  1. Glad you got through the op, and the anaesthetic okay.

    I freaked out when Wendy last had to go under – she had no idea either for months.

    I imagine Shaun sucked up his fear too and will tell you about it one day 🙂

  2. Great ending of the whole story!!!
    I bet the nurses where quite jealous! 😉

  3. I hate going under anaesthesia. I hope get some answers. In my prayers.

  4. I hope the doctors are closer to finding some answers. If having the endo meant that you got to have some quality time with your mom and sister, then I’d say it was worth it.

    Proclaiming your love for your soul mate? Just a nice bonus.

    (love the video, btw!)

  5. Laur Im glad the endo is behind you and it was soo funny about the little mustache doc.. I wonder if he farts?? lollll
    Those picts were awesome of you Carrie and your mom.. The made me smile. I love that your mom is just herself with a pure heart. You all looked like you had a wonderful day together. And of course Sammy stole the show too lol. xox A.Sanny

  6. I hope they can help you figure out how to feel better soon!

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