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I went to my local hospital in Luton today to have an Endoscopy.
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THE FIRST THING I CAN SAY IS ITS NOT AS BAD AS YOU THINK.
BELIEVE ME IT IS TOLERABLE, AND NOW 5 HOURS AFTER, I WOULD DO IT AGAIN.
Here goes !
There was some serious delays to my procedure.
The receptionist said that ward entries take priority!
Eventually i was seen, the nurse was fantastic, and very apologetic. The lovely nurse went through my forms and asked me if i would like a sedative, i was a bit undecisive as i walked past all of the beds that contained the sedative patients before the procedure and they looked at ease
I decided to not to be sedated as i did not want to be out of control.
I went into the theatre room where i was greeted with 4 persons, a bit daunting i was thinking. To be honest it was a bit scary, but within a few minutes i was put at ease by the staff.
I was given the spray which tasted of sour bananas, i asked for twice the spray in my mouth, as i did not want to feel anything...... to be honest in hindsight i think one lot of spray is enough, as with two you cannot feel yourself swallowing it is not a nice feeling.
The Endoscope is quite a bit bigger than i thought , so was very nervous when i saw that (it was a bit like looking at a huge needle before it goes in your arm).
I was told of all of the steps that would happen, then told to lay on my left side. One of the staff put the mouth guard in place, i did not like that at all, i immediately took it out! (I am an Asthmatic so panic when things are put in my mouth)
The nurse reassured me and so the procedure began. I learnt very quickly to breath through my mouth, just drop your jaw and relax, it is quite an unpleasant feeling and you gag and belch a lot, quite embarrassing really, the support nurses were very good and was reasurred all of the way, I did dribble and make a mess on my gown and towel, but they took it all in their stride, I did not like the air in my stomach being put in, very uncomfortable.
I am glad that I did not have the sedative as i was able to see my stomach on the monitor. I think as procedures go it was OK, by all means not pleasant, but tolerable.
I would assure anyone who is going for the treatment that it is over in approx 5 minutes, it is not pleasant, but equally not too scary.
If i can do it ..... believe me anyone can!
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