What a day yesterday!

@Katlady2 (9920)
United States
December 14, 2007 5:15pm CST
I finally had my upper endoscopy done. I'm so glad it's over with. It was a little scary when they took my blood pressure the first time after I was admitted into the hospital though, because it was 158/102! Yes....I was very nervous about the whole thing. But after about an hour they checked my pressure again and it had gone down to 132/74. Whew! I ended up having to wait about 5 hours before they took me in because the surgeon had done a procedure that morning that ended up lasting 3 1/2 hours longer than it should have, and then the patient had major complications right afterward. They finally got her straightened out, took in another patient that was there before me, and then took me in. It wasn't as bad as I thought. They gave me some pretty awesome sedatives through my IV, and I vaguely remember the surgeon telling me to go ahead and swallow (to get the camera down) and then I was OUT! I didn't even feel the tube! The funny part, at least now looking back at it, was that I woke up all emotional and crying. I think part of it had to do with my sinuses being all stuffed up and I felt like I couldn't breathe. When I finally woke up more, I ended up apologizing to the nurses and anesthesiologist for my "cry-fest". They were really nice about it and they told me that my reaction was nothing compared to some of the others they have had. They said they had one guy that swore up and down that he was driving his big rig when he woke up and they had a heck of a time holding him down! Anyway, I'm glad it's all over with. Now maybe my blood pressure will get back to normal...until my BIG surgery that is. Hugs to all. Have a great evening!
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
14 Dec 07
I had the same test done a number of years ago and I was awake for the whole thing. It felt like the tube they used was the size of a gas hose. Not a pleasant experience. It's good to hear they have a better way of doing this now. Good luck and I continue prayers for you.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
14 Dec 07
The nurse was telling me how the tubes used to be so huge. Now, I guess they are really narrow. I heard lots of horror stories before I went in, and you know THOSE did nothing to help me and my blood pressure. LOL Thanks my friend. Hugs to you.
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
15 Dec 07
Since you swallowed the camera, they gonna save all the output till it comes back out? Glad to hear you came thru it a-ok, my friend. :-)
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
16 Dec 07
LOL! That's not a pretty visual, you know. **snicker**
• United States
17 Dec 07
-giggling- Sure it is if you have a grossed out sense of humor like I do.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
17 Dec 07
Why do you think I got the visual in the first place my friend. That's why we get along so well. Hehehehehe
@alamode (3073)
• United States
15 Dec 07
The 'pretty awesome sedatives' are the answer to your blood pressure problem... that nap should have mellowed you out for about a week!LOL!
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
15 Dec 07
LOL! Yeah...I've been pretty laid back all day today. Haven't done a darned thing around the house. Hahahaha
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
15 Dec 07
Two of my favorite things are a sleepy feeling and a legitimate excuse to take a nap... those tests may be miserable, but you get a reward!LOL!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
15 Dec 07
I had to have surgery one time about 27 years ago, and oh, my, yes, once that sedative IV hits you, wham you're out of it...LOL. I don't recall having any weird reaction when I woke up from the anesthesia though but one of my friends did do something weird when she woke up from it. The doctors told her when she first woke up from the sedation, she started rattling on with a heavy English/British accent. Hey, the gal was from Brooklyn! LOL Glad everything went all right and that it wasn't too bad. When is the big surgery anyway??? Hope it's after Christmas so you can enjoy one more great Christmas meal!
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
16 Dec 07
For now, it's still scheduled for April 3. Hopefully, after I fax in the results from this test, they will bump it up sooner. So I at least get to enjoy Christmas munchies one last time. LOL!
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
16 Dec 07
Going through any tests itself requires courage. So indeed you can pat yourself for being brave. Remain positive and I believe all will be well. Take care :)
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
16 Dec 07
Thank you so much for the positive words my friend. I will do my best.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
15 Dec 07
Sweetie I am glad that this is over for you now and keep that Blood Pressure down please I hope that is all your Tests over with now till the Big Op
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
16 Dec 07
I think my blood pressure is finally back to where it's supposed to be. But now I have to watch it when I drink anything with caffeine because I can feel my heartbeat get faster and faster. Now I guess I'm going to have to swear off of that for good too. LOL! Thanks hon. Love you lots.
@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
15 Dec 07
Hi Katlady2, You're a very brave woman. I've always hated just the thoughts of this particular test. It sounds awful to me. I've had two colonoscopies, and they're bad enough, and they make my blood pressure rise too, beforehand. I've been completely knocked out for both of them though. The last one, they gave me so much of the meds, I could barely walk, and was brought out of the hospital in a wheelchair. I'm glad to hear this part is over. Take care.
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
16 Dec 07
The surgeon actually asked me if a colonoscopy was going to be required to, and I gave her a very emphatic NO. LOL! If I have to have one of those down the line, they better knock me out then too. Otherwise they will have to chase me through the hospital to catch me. Hahahahaha!