Disclaimer: Gross pictures and description included and so read at your own discretion.
So yesterday 26/04/16, I went for my first Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy at Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Orchard). A day prior to the procedure, there were couple of things to follow.
If your scope is early in the morning like mine, these 5 tablets (dulcolax) have to be taken at 3pm the day before (according to the pamphlet). However on the medication packet, it was written 5pm and so I decide to take it at 4pm instead. What these tablets do is to soften your stool in the colon to make it easily passable. (unlike my normal hard pellets during my constipated times)
Come night time, I followed the instructions on the packet of "fortrans' and drank this between 8pm to 10pm. The powder smells like wall paint but taste like salted carrot juice when mixed with water. Nearly vomited cause it really was *yuck* but I did finish a liter of it by holding my breath while drinking. Quickly brush my teeth to get rid of the taste and smell when I was done.
This drink is a type of laxative meant for patients undergoing colonoscopy. Within about 35mins of drinking my first cup, I went to the toilet. Got a shock and yet amused because it really flushes out your colon cleaned. I couldn't tell if I was pooping or peeing from my butt hole, that's how the texture was. Was told that the color of the excretion was meant to go from black to light color but all I saw was a toilet bowl of black mess (could it be also the sesame paste and oreo biscuits i ate for dinner?)
Had all in all about 4 toilet trips before I decided to call it a night because I had to wake up very early since my mum is picking me up by taxi. Thank goodness I did not have any cramps while at night thou and manage to sleep.
Anyway, we arrived in the hospital at about 6.30am and visited the washroom first because unlike me, the effects of the laxatives came much later for my mum and she was kept awake since 4am. By time we got to the clinic, it was almost 7am. There were already couple of patients in the center awaiting admission. Even thou we were the 2nd in line for admission, it took quite awhile. In between waiting, I was in the toilet still clearing my system.
|amenities: slipper, comb, toothbrush & paste etc|
The nurses were really friendly and accommodating to me. Created a little hooha when I forgotten the pin to my cabinet lock and they had to get security to open it and the guard actually explained to me how to use it. *embarrassed with my own stupidity*
Then the tag on my wrist had to be reprinted and replaced because nurse spotted the error in my particulars. *face palm! how could I overlook my gender of all things*
HAHAHA. I wore the gown wrongly also. Damn embarrassing OK it was like I had so many problems. The nurse also had to see my poop early in the morning. *i'm soooo sorry, hope you strike 4D*
Anyway, my mum was pushed into the endoscopy room first. It took less than 30mins for her turn. When she came back, she was already pretty alert and talking to the nurse who was pushing her back to rest. The nurse came over and proceeded to push me into the endoscopy room next. Along the way I was like waving to my mum and said bye. Quite funny thinking about it.
Wanted to laugh from the nervousness and uneasy feeling being pushed around in bed but I controlled it cause it did not seem appropriate to. Just felt really weird inside.
In the room, I was looking around at the machinery around me with beeping sounds all over while the nurses were preparing. It was about 8.25am plus minus when I was in the room. Thankfully for the friendly nurses and doctor, it was less nerve wrecking.
After my nose was stuffed with the oxygen tube, my throat was sprayed with some bitter medication to numb the throat. Was told to lie sideways in foetal position and told to bite a guard (for the Gastroscopy). I think the doctor or was it the nurse injected the anesthetic into my hand drip and I was knocked out in seconds.
By time I woke up it was already 8.50am-ish and I was pushed back into the resting room by about 9am. In the rest area I failed to nap because it was rather noisy with nurses talking and pushing stuff in and out etc. Before nurse left me to rest earlier, she said not to get out of the bed alone because I could still be drowsy from the sedation earlier but I needed to go to the washroom because I have no idea if I would be passing gas or liquid poop like last night.
So as a precaution I called for the nurse. Ends up, I could walk unassisted to the bathroom but really slowly. Apart from farting a lot of gases, there was also faint traces of blood mucus in the toilet bowl.
|coffee was not very nice but i did enjoy the sandwhich|
From the time I was resting on the bed till I leave the hospital I was expelling a lot of gases. I did that in the washroom far away from the holding area because it was really embarrassing la...
*was told by mum that air was pumped into the colon to inflate it for the camera to be inserted*
My mum and I did not pay a single cent for this check up as everything is claimable from the insurance policy we bought. Maybe because it was claimable from insurance I was given a lot of medications. HAHAHAHA~ I would advice you to check with your insurance agent to see if your policy covers these procedures before making an appointment.
Along with medications, post procedure advice and medical reports, you will also be given a DVD of the recorded procedure. Yes, video images of how your internal organs looks like etc as the camera enters.
As for diagnosis, my stomach is clean with no abnormalities. Just mild gastric. Which was quite surprising because I expected to have ulcers, bleeding and whatnot to be removed as my meals and appetite is not stable and I was plagued with gastric in my younger days. Was also having strange loss in appetite like I have been having like 1 or 1.5 meals a day and could go long hours without food at times. I don't feel like I had gastric but test shown I do have a mild one.
Apparently the size was too large to ligate (remove) at the time of the scope and had to be removed surgically another time.
The next day, while at work, a nurse called me on my phone to check if I was doing ok and have any problems or discomfort. Was advice to take the medications as per doctor's instructions. So, fine. I will take the medications for 2 weeks.
My first experience with Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy was an 'enjoyable' one. I honestly felt no pain whatsoever from the procedures. The only pain was probably the IV drip thing and the anesthetic that was injected. Oh yes, and also the farting of gases which was pretty embarrassing.
I think I am planning to do this again or make it a point to do it every 5 years after all colon cancer is the number 1 cancer in Singapore for men and number 2 cancer for women (*). Having it check is better because if detected early, it can be treated.
Place done: Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
Doctor: Dr. Denis Nyam Ngian Kwong
Clinic: Nyam Colon Rectal & General Surgery
Phone: +65 6836 9909
(*) cancer statistic found in this link