"Does this hospital gown make me look fat?"
Yesterday, I had a positive experience as an "invasive procedures" outpatient at a McGill University teaching hospital.
From the product title on the jug (GoLYTELY), you can probably guess that I opted to go for ... a colonoscopy.
The preparation diet is a give-away, as well.
Being shy about these things is so yesterday. And fear of embarrassment would be counter-intuitive for someone who makes a living as a medical communication and education specialist.
I will tell anyone who asks that it really wasn't that bad. There are far worse things than a colonoscopy. The staff at the Montreal General Hospital are friendly, humorous, competent and very attentive.
After the procedure, nursing professionals monitor each patient like a hawk - checking oxygen, blood pressure and heart rate. The sedatives are powerful and the vigilant staff won't let anyone leave if their oxygen is less than 95. On the upside, patients don't feel a thing during the scope.
Of all the highly graphic diagnostic images in my colonoscopy report, my kids would only allow me to post this one:
If you are considering a colonoscopy, here are my top recommendations:
1- Follow all the directions for a proper preparation to make it easy (clear) for the specialist to spot any problems.
2 - Call ahead for clarifications (I called to ask about green jello)
3 - Do not plan on working or driving on the day of the procedure (and the day after)
4 - Clear your desk and brief your colleagues before you book time off - I was surprised how difficult it was to work on the day after receiving fentanyl
Sitting next to Dr. Cook* (Former McGill University medical professor), I look dehydrated, fasted and eager to clear the fentanyl in my system. I will be prohibited from working, driving and making any major decisions for another 24 hours.
If you are lucky enough to have access to early health screenings, why wait? And if you are under age 50, like me, take advantage to get these baseline reports.
Book a time and just do it. Email me if you require some encouragement.
My "under age 50" baseline is all clear! Thank you for entertaining me, Dr. Baffis and staff.
* "Dr. Cooke’s post-retirement activities are as impressive as his accomplishments during his exemplary career in Montréal. He has been a medical volunteer in Uganda, Yemen and Sudan, and for many years he provided locum support in northern Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2003 he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for work done in Uganda and with the Inuit.He has also received several volunteer recognition awards from the SOGC’s International Women’s Health Program for his dedicated work overseas." (Ref)