Aug 28, 2014 - 8:47 pm
It's been a challenging and somewhat confusing last few weeks. It's been a year since my diagnosis (and all of the emotions that go with that), and my oncologist suggested that even though my tumor was in the small intestine, a repeat colonoscopy would be a good idea. She referred me back to the GI doctor who originally found the tumor for the procedure.
In addition to the colonoscopy, he said he would like to also redo the endoscopy, scoping further into the small intestine to check the surgical site and to check for local recurrence. My oncologist didn't seem to think local recurrence was likely, but did not object to the procedure. While I assume they would not agree if it was not safe to scope the surgical site, does anyone have any experience with this? Is it safe to be poking around there?
They will also be performing the procedures two weeks apart. It seems I would be quite uncomfortable if they use the expansion gas from both ends on the same day. Which unfortunately means two separate bouts of anesthesia, two weeks apart. In the past, I've had twilight sedation for the procedures. However, my GI doctor said he had to use so much sedation last time (whether it was due to anxiety or a developing tolerance he could not say), that he would prefer to use monitored anesthesia this time. He said he doesn't feel comfortable using the level of sedation required and that anesthesia is actually the common course in a lot of states. Propofol is the anesthesia to be used. Does anyone know if anesthesia is often used for these procedures? Is it safe to have two weeks apart?
As if the concern about the procedures and the anesthesia weren't enough, when I went for my clearance exam, something weird popped up on my EKG. Since chemo can cause cardiac issues, everyone went into ZOMG WHAT'S GOING ON mode. Another ekg, an echocardiogram, and a visit with the nice cardiologist later, and I'm assured everything is fine, my second EKG was normal, and there doesn't seem to be anything to worry about but they'll repeat the tests in a year just to be sure.
Anyway, the tests will be next week, and then two weeks after that. Of course I'm nervous about what they might find, but also about the anesthesia issue and surgical site safety and phantom cardiac issues and...I sure would appreciate prayers, good thoughts, and any insights you all might have. And hand holding? Can I humbly ask for that too?