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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2023 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel you here, Bob. I have Crohn's, which is why I've had several colonoscopies already (and I'm not even 50 yet). It came about when I was struggling to keep any kind of food down. Turns out my colon was all inflamed, and had to get the diet in check. Medication helps keep it in check now.

The bowel prep is a nightmare for me now, since the prep is so high in sodium. The counter to that is that I have to fast, but that really doesn't make things much better. It's no fun, any way you slice it.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2023 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hopefully the Gatorade mixed with Miralax is very tolerable in taste as well as in my tummy. Hopefully!!

I'm not starving on my colonoscopy prep week but I sure do miss some foods. Not looking forward to my liquid diet, nor am I looking forward in spending a lot of time on the toilet the day before the procedure. I'm told that the procedure from check in to check out is 2 hours. Sheech!!

Starting Monday, NO ELIQUIS until the d hay after. This does concern me because Eliquis lowers my having a stroke because of my Afib. I see why the temporary use of Eliquis because I don't want to bleed to death...Eliquis is a blood thinner.

In the immortal words of Winnie the Pooh...Oh bother!!



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2023 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This post isn't about my on-going fight with prostate cancer, which is doing excellent. No, this is about my colonoscopy that WAS scheduled for today, but had to be cancelled.

I was diagnosed with Afib back in September of 2018. Had a cardiac Inversion to get my heart back into sinus rhythm, however, after 6 months of being in rhythm, I was out of rhythm. Cardiologist refused to repeat the procedure because that procedure is a one time thing.

Fast forward to todays Colonoscopy. My Blood Pressure was fine. However, my Heart Rate was all over the place. At rest, my heart rate is 82-86, which is normal for those with Afib.

Here I am in my hospital gown on the hospital bed. This and that are connected to me like a car getting a tune-up. Nurses are not liking what they're seeing on the monitor.

My Heart is racing between 120-146bpm. They do this and ask me that, and aren't still liking what they're seeing. Next thing I know is that the Anesthesiologist walks in to let me know she's not liking what she sees either. She lets me know the possible reasons why my heart is racing like a race horse. Dehydration due from the Colonoscopy Prep I did yesterday. She's afraid that my heart might race at the wring time...she doesn't want me to die on the table...neither do I!! Doctor told them that after review, he cancels the procedure.

My mom died on the operating table having back surgery about 25 years ago. They put her under Anesthesia while her blood pressure was way to high. This has stuck with me forever, so, I sure don't want the doctors to me in such a darn hurry.

So, no Colonoscopy for me today!!

Before I can return for a Colonoscopy, I have to have my Cardiologist write me a Cardiac Clearance Approval. I've an appointment with my Cardiologist on August 23. 2023 at 2:40pm.

Meanwhile, I'm logging my blood pressure and heart rate by the hour today, and once my heart reaches the at-rest rate, I'll keep logging 3 times a day.

First 2 reading:

945am
Blood Pressure 164/79
Heart Rate 102

11am
Blood Pressure 104/75
Heart Rate 107

Getting better but still too high.



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2023 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's super annoying. Sorry Bob.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2023 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Patrick, and I agree with you...it's quite annoying.



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2023 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hopefully things line up for you here soon, and you can get the procedure done.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2023 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bushido_man96 wrote:
Hopefully things line up for you here soon, and you can get the procedure done.

Thank you, Brian...and me too!!



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2023 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had my follow-up appointment with my PCP, Dr. Douglas Budde. He informs me that I'm no longer pre-diabetic...no...I'm diabetic. My new medication is RBY, which with my insurance cost my $47 per month...there's NO generic.

First Afib. Then Pre-Diabetic. Then Sleep Apnea. Then Prostate Cancer. Now, Diabetic. Enough is enough is enough.

Right from the pan right into the fire!!



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2023 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear this, Bob. That's a rough go. I hope you're able to get it under control, and that it doesn't affect your day-to-day life all that much.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2023 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry Bob. That stinks.
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