Friday, September 5, 2008
Good Bill of Health!
Friday, was Procedure Day! Patty arrived right on time bearing flowers his morning. She is the best friend a friend could ever have; and as I've said before she has been in my life since we lived across the street from each other practically since birth when my family moved into their first home in 1941 till we both turned 18. Then I moved away. But no matter how far a part we have been geographically, we are never further away than a phone call. She now lives 30 minutes south of me. At times like this I call her my Nurse Curity. She drove the 15 minutes to the clinic. I was feeling great when I woke up, hunger was not an issue as I feared it might be. But I was ready to get this over with. The clinic is really new and nice. An attractive place, and all the nurses were friendly and helpful and caring. I was put in a room (really a curtained off area from a larger nursing station) and told to undress and put on a green gown opening in the back, obviously! The curtain that gave me privacy was a large one and it held these words: "Be Gentle With Yourself, you are a child of the universe no less important as the trees and the stars; ....and something about there not being any doubt that all that is happening in your life is as it should. Words like Strength and Courage, were in there too. It all felt very reassuring. Up above on the ceiling was a back lighted photograph of white blossoms on branches full of green leaves against a blue sky. I wondered how I might make it into a quilt. It was comforting to stare there. My only rough moment or two was getting an IV put in, by a very nice caring Kim. It poked, I jumped, kicked Kim who had to do the IV all over again in another spot on my arm. I am very needle phobic. But in truth that and yesterday's drinking the amount of medicine were the "hard parts" of all of this for me. I was then wheeled into the "procedure room" that I guess is a small operating room. I remember the big light that another nurse told me would warm my feet. I had a blood pressure cuff put on. And they changed the sugar water drip to the "date rape" medicine drip and although the nurse told me they'd be able to talk to me to tell me to move or change positions, I have no memory of anything after that conversation. The next thing I knew I was awake in the first room again, my Patty was there and I was getting dressed. I was also told I had a clean colon, and a clean bill of health. No problems were found! I left there a tired but relieved woman. All of this took from arrival time/checking in at 8:30 a.m. and dressing to leave at 10 a.m. They said the procedure itself took 15 minutes, but I do not even recall the doctor touching my body. So, would I recommend this procedure! YES!!!!! It's important and if you aren't a baby about drinking 9-18 glasses of cold water with medicine in it, you can do it. That was the hardest part. And I am grateful I am not in the -1%!