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tootsie1
tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,036
I was relieved that I was clean enough for the colonoscopy. It took a lot of work, but I finally got "clear." So a polyp was found. I was too out it when the gastroenterologist came in to discuss things. He told Bill that it's being biopsied. The nurse came in a little later and said he wants me to do a CT scan. When we informed her of the ultrasound already ordered for Monday, she checked with him and said he'll wait to see those results before deciding whether or not to do the scan.

So, I feel like I'm in a holding pattern. The doctor also told Bill that if the polyp is okay, he'll put me on a 5-year colonoscopy plan. That kind of makes me nervous. I will definitely talk to him more about that!

*hugs*
Gail
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  • daBeachBum
    daBeachBum Member Posts: 164
    Sending good thoughts your way...
    Gail,

    I'm sorry that you have to wait for word on the prognosis, that has to be nerve wracking.

    I wish you all the best and hope your scans come in clean!

    Take care,

    Ray
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,036

    Sending good thoughts your way...
    Gail,

    I'm sorry that you have to wait for word on the prognosis, that has to be nerve wracking.

    I wish you all the best and hope your scans come in clean!

    Take care,

    Ray

    Thanks
    Thanks, Ray.

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • Buzzard
    Buzzard Member Posts: 3,043
    tootsie1 said:

    Thanks
    Thanks, Ray.

    *hugs*
    Gail

    You will be with me at the altar this evening ...
    Tonight is Bible study and Childrens Church...You along with everyone else will be with me in prayer tonight. All will be well Tootsie......Love to you and yours, buzz
  • pepebcn
    pepebcn Member Posts: 6,331
    Buzzard said:

    You will be with me at the altar this evening ...
    Tonight is Bible study and Childrens Church...You along with everyone else will be with me in prayer tonight. All will be well Tootsie......Love to you and yours, buzz

    All will be well i agree ,you got my prayers as well!
    Hugs.
  • ketziah35
    ketziah35 Member Posts: 1,145
    Sending prayers your way!

    Sending prayers your way!
  • kristasplace
    kristasplace Member Posts: 955
    Sweet Gail...
    Boy do we all know what you're going through! I can't remember how long you've been clear, but it seems like a long time. I'm sure you'll be clear this time. You know many people get those nasty polyps. We're just lucky that we're checked often enough to catch them before they do become problematic (after the fact that we've already received a diagnosis, and fought the fight, of course!).

    I agree with you about the five year wait. With your history, and with a polyp being found, you should get checked in a year, right? Two at most? I would talk to him about that. Doctors seem to forget to check their notes on patient history. My Mother just had an upper endoscopy where a wart was found. She had her last colonoscopy a year ago, in which they find polyps every time. The doc tried to tell her to come back in three years for another colonoscopy. I had to remind him of her history, AND mine. He changed his tune, and wants her to get another one this summer. It always concerns me that we have to keep such a vigilant eye on these doctors!

    Hugs!
    Krista
  • AnneCan
    AnneCan Member Posts: 3,673
    Tootsie
    I am glad that procedure is over; now just wait for the good news. I agree about the 5 years, I wouldn't want to wait that long either if I were you.
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,036
    Buzzard said:

    You will be with me at the altar this evening ...
    Tonight is Bible study and Childrens Church...You along with everyone else will be with me in prayer tonight. All will be well Tootsie......Love to you and yours, buzz

    Thanks
    That gives me great comfort, Buzz.

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,036
    ketziah35 said:

    Sending prayers your way!

    Sending prayers your way!

    Thanks
    Thanks, ketziah!

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • Annabelle41415
    Annabelle41415 Member Posts: 6,712 **
    Sorry
    Sorry you still are in that waiting mode. It's so hard when you just want the answers now. Hoping that the biopsy is negative and that the ultrasound goes well on Monday. Most important is that they figure out what is going on with you. You are in my prayers.

    Kim
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,036
    pepebcn said:

    All will be well i agree ,you got my prayers as well!
    Hugs.

    I appreciate
    Thanks, dear.

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,036

    Sweet Gail...
    Boy do we all know what you're going through! I can't remember how long you've been clear, but it seems like a long time. I'm sure you'll be clear this time. You know many people get those nasty polyps. We're just lucky that we're checked often enough to catch them before they do become problematic (after the fact that we've already received a diagnosis, and fought the fight, of course!).

    I agree with you about the five year wait. With your history, and with a polyp being found, you should get checked in a year, right? Two at most? I would talk to him about that. Doctors seem to forget to check their notes on patient history. My Mother just had an upper endoscopy where a wart was found. She had her last colonoscopy a year ago, in which they find polyps every time. The doc tried to tell her to come back in three years for another colonoscopy. I had to remind him of her history, AND mine. He changed his tune, and wants her to get another one this summer. It always concerns me that we have to keep such a vigilant eye on these doctors!

    Hugs!
    Krista

    Thanks
    Exactly, Krista!

    It just makes me nervous to think about it. I was diagnosed about 3 1/2 years ago, so if a polyp has been found in that time, I don't feel comfortable waiting 5 years. Of course, if it comes back as "something," then the picture will change.

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,036
    AnneCan said:

    Tootsie
    I am glad that procedure is over; now just wait for the good news. I agree about the 5 years, I wouldn't want to wait that long either if I were you.

    Thanks
    Thanks, Anne.

    It did seem odd, since the nurse came in the room and said he wanted to know if I could do a CT scan tomorrow! Since I have the ultrasound on Monday, the CT has been put on hold, but it just seemed like on the one hand he was concerned, and on the other, he was cavalier.

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,036

    Sorry
    Sorry you still are in that waiting mode. It's so hard when you just want the answers now. Hoping that the biopsy is negative and that the ultrasound goes well on Monday. Most important is that they figure out what is going on with you. You are in my prayers.

    Kim

    Thanks
    Thank you, Kim.

    I always love to see your lovely, smiling face pop up on here.

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • maglets
    maglets Member Posts: 2,576
    tootsie1 said:

    Thanks
    Thank you, Kim.

    I always love to see your lovely, smiling face pop up on here.

    *hugs*
    Gail

    goooood
    Gail I would sign up for the 5 year plan in one second......


    all must be well sweetie....it just has to be....

    worry when they want to see you every 2 weeks....

    mags
  • jjaj133
    jjaj133 Member Posts: 867
    Sending prayers your way
    Sending prayers your way also. I would not want to wait 5 years either. I agree you should remind the doc of your history. My doc told me 2 years tops.
    hugs to ya,
    Judy
  • Joy1216
    Joy1216 Member Posts: 290
    5-Year Plan
    When I had my colonoscopy last fall (4 1/2 years after diagnosis), the gastro told me that if he found nothing, he would put me on the 5-year plan, but if he found anything I would be on the 3-year plan. Since he found a benign polyp, I'm on the 3-year plan. I was really hoping for the 5-year plan, but 3 years between colonoscopies isn't bad. You might ask the gastro about the 3-year plan.
    Joy
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,036
    maglets said:

    goooood
    Gail I would sign up for the 5 year plan in one second......


    all must be well sweetie....it just has to be....

    worry when they want to see you every 2 weeks....

    mags

    I know
    hey, Mags.

    I know. I hate to do them! But I sure don't want something to crop up that could be taken care of if found in time, and it's not found until a couple of years down the road.

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,036
    jjaj133 said:

    Sending prayers your way
    Sending prayers your way also. I would not want to wait 5 years either. I agree you should remind the doc of your history. My doc told me 2 years tops.
    hugs to ya,
    Judy

    Thanks
    Thanks, Judy.

    I guess we'll see what the ultrasound and biopsy show, and then we'll have a good talk.

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,036
    Joy1216 said:

    5-Year Plan
    When I had my colonoscopy last fall (4 1/2 years after diagnosis), the gastro told me that if he found nothing, he would put me on the 5-year plan, but if he found anything I would be on the 3-year plan. Since he found a benign polyp, I'm on the 3-year plan. I was really hoping for the 5-year plan, but 3 years between colonoscopies isn't bad. You might ask the gastro about the 3-year plan.
    Joy

    3 years sounds good
    Yeah, that sounds more reasonable. I had one about 6 months after diagnosis because of all the pain I had been having, and then this one was about 3 years from that. I don't think I want to stretch it out farther than that.

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • pete43lost_at_sea
    pete43lost_at_sea Member Posts: 3,900
    tootsie1 said:

    3 years sounds good
    Yeah, that sounds more reasonable. I had one about 6 months after diagnosis because of all the pain I had been having, and then this one was about 3 years from that. I don't think I want to stretch it out farther than that.

    *hugs*
    Gail

    you are in my prayers
    dear gail,
    i hope your results are clear
    hugs,
    pete
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,036

    you are in my prayers
    dear gail,
    i hope your results are clear
    hugs,
    pete

    Thanks!
    Thanks, Pete! If so, do you and your wife want to celebrate with Thai for lunch? *grins*

    *Hugs*
    Gail
  • Fight for my love
    Fight for my love Member Posts: 1,522
    Dear Gail,you will be fine.I
    Dear Gail,you will be fine.I pray for all the results are clear for you.Take care.
  • mom_2_3
    mom_2_3 Member Posts: 952
    Gail
    Gail,

    I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope everything turns out well.

    xoxo
    Amy
  • mom_2_3
    mom_2_3 Member Posts: 952
    Gail
    dup
  • sasjourney
    sasjourney Member Posts: 395
    Prayers for you
    Gail,

    I'll be saying prayers for you.

    Hugs,
    Sara
  • Lori-S
    Lori-S Member Posts: 1,277
    Gail
    If the polyp comes back benign and you go on a 5 year plan, then isn't that a good sign? I will be hoping for the best results!
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,036
    Lori-S said:

    Gail
    If the polyp comes back benign and you go on a 5 year plan, then isn't that a good sign? I will be hoping for the best results!

    Just trying to keep things in check
    Lori,

    I'm not trying to be negative about it. Even if it comes back benign, I think I would want to be checked sooner than 5 years, because I wouldn't want another one to show up that might not be so good, you know? Just seems like the wrong thing to do. Trust me, I'm no lover of the colonosocopy!

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • lisa42
    lisa42 Member Posts: 3,625
    Hugs to you
    Hi Gail,

    Hope they don't make you wait too long for the biopsy results. I am betting the results will be benign as I don't think the polyps ever start out as cancerous- that takes time. I'm with you- I'd appreciate the doctors thinking I only need to be checked in another 5 years, but I'd want to check sooner than that- probably after 2 years to keep after things and snip any new polyp that may grow (hopefully none would, though).

    Let us know how it turns out of course, and I'm praying all will go well with the ultrasound.

    Hugs and prayers,
    Lisa
  • Kathleen808
    Kathleen808 Member Posts: 2,342
    Gail
    Gail,
    Still holding you in prayer.

    Aloha,
    Kathleen