So this morning I got up at 4:30 a.m. to continue my bowel clean out, which worked great. So got the poop out.
However, I still felt just as bad in the ascending colon and hepatic flexure.
Montana drove me to the procedure. Dr. Dunphy, wearing pearls and heels, did the procedure. And I woke up groggy in recovery. Montana said it had taken more like 1.5 hours rather than 1.
Eventually Dr. Dunphy came in to discuss the situation, and she said, “I couldn’t get in more than 30 cm. In all my years of practice I’ve not not been able to get in.”
So, she recommended I do a virtual colonoscopy which is a CT scan where they fill the bowel with CO2, and look at it that way.
So I got redressed. (This was after a comical miscommunication where the nurse kept checking on me to see if I was okay, and Montana and I both said yes, while I laid there in my hospital gown waiting to be taken down to the CT Scan. Eventually it got cleared up that I was supposed to get dressed! Oh! You didn’t actually say that, nurse man.)
They wheeled me down in a wheelchair as I was still groggy from being under.
And I went through another procedure of something being put up my bottom, this time while conscious. It was not too bad honestly.
The worst part of the day honestly was that after the colonoscopy my throat was/is really sore. Apparently sometimes stomach acid comes back up and eats up one’s throat. Yay. And now I have a voice that rivals Bea Arthur.
So, there was some recuperation time, having some nice tea, having warm hospital blankets (the BEST thing about hospital procedures), while I had sort of uncontrollable chills and shaking, until it all calmed down.
Then Montana drove me back home, and I fell right into bed, and luckily had no problem sleeping.
I began to be aware that I should wake up and check if there were results, and there were. A text from Dr. Dunphy said to call back. So I recruited Montana and we made the call together.
So the gist of it is, my Sigmoid Colon has a significant narrowing in it (she couldn’t get a 1cm probe through it) which is probably due to scar tissue from the original debulking surgery, as the main tumor was pushing up against it and they had to do some careful prying to avoid damaging the colon when removing the tumor. Or it could be due to cancer growth.
So she said she would communicate with Dr. Guntupalli, and it would really be his call about where to go from here.
So I expect to hear from Dr. G tomorrow.
So I suppose that explains it. The pain, the non-movement, the backing up. It suddenly just tightened up and shut off. Who knows why now?
So I’m on a low fiber, no meat, mostly liquid diet at this point, and am to continue taking PEG3350 to keep things soft. Ugh.
So this is MUCH more serious than simply an intransigent case of constipation. Shit.
Prayers, thoughts, vibes, positive energy welcomed!