May 17, 2014 - 4:26 pm
It's been awhile since I've posted here. My year has had a lot of changes for me. I had my usual CT scan back in early March. I had an "all clear" from my oncologist (I had stage 2, grade 3 cRCC back in 2010, with a 9cm tumor and left kidney removed). Two days after my appointment, he called me to tell me his missed the note about my sigmoid colon having wall thickening. He called my GP to schedule a colonoscopy asap. As I just turned 50 last year, this was my first colonoscopy. Then I lost my job. And my insurance. So I had to postpone my appointment until I was able to get on AFA insurance, which I did by the deadline.
I had my colonoscopy on Tuesday, May 6, the prep wasn't fun but the colonoscopy wasn't all bad. Of course I asked to be pretty looped out, and was awake when they found the very large polyp, remember some bad cramping pain and then lights out for me. After, I went out for a celebratory omelet and then home. I woke up the next morning with severe abdominal cramping, that lead to chills by early afternoon. I was wrapped in a down comforter and a coat and couldn't stop my teeth from chattering.
I called my GI doc's office to leave a message, and a few hours later my DIL called as well. Call back at 5pm telling me to take Gasx.
Thursday I still had a lot of pain but no fever. I called my GP's office at the urging of friends and was told to go to ER right away. I was there for seven hours with a CT, xrays, blood and urine. I was told I was fine and sent home. I was starving as I hadn't eaten much all week, so I got a sub on my way home. Big mistake. I was instantly very sick again with severe stomach pain.
Friday I spent most of the day in bed in pain and ran a low fever all day of about 101. I am fortunate that my doc is open seven days a week so I made an appointment for Saturday. They told me I had diverticulitis and put me on Cipro and Flagyl. That afternoon, I had the chills again and then a fever of 103.4. Sunday I also ran a fever and abdominal pain but Sunday night I started feeling better. I had something to eat for dinner and paid for it again the next day so I skipped food on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday I had the worst pain yet, started to vomit and called my son to take me to the ER. I was in agony and waited over an hour to get anything for pain, which wasn't enough, and waited another hour to get something strong enough to cut through most of the pain. I was then sent home, and given a prescription for Norco, which I already had at home, and wasn't working. While I was in the ER, my GI doc called to tell me he wanted me in his office Friday morning to discuss the path report.
We discussed the path report and my illness, he looked at the CT again and noted a bubble at the biopsy site. He sent me in for another CT on Friday afternoon as he was worried my colon had abcessed. I have a very early stage colon cancer. Ugh. At least it was caught pretty early. I may have to have my colon resected. I didn't even think to ask for the path report as I was feeling so poorly. I still haven't heard anything about my CT but I figure no news is good news. Did I mention I've lost 16 pounds from this ordeal? Not the diet plan I'd like to follow as it's a painful one! Just a friendly reminder to be diligent about your health. If you haven't had a colonoscopy yet, and you are 50 or older, make sure you get it done.