I felt miserable, yesterday. The stuff they had me take tasted nasty and I was gagging on the fluid I had to drink.
Today, my cousin N was here by 6:40 a.m.; she has been such a blessing to me! She canceled or rescheduled her piano students in order to be there for me! She also brought me some pre-made jello cups to have after the procedure. I owe her a nice thank you gift, but for now, I gave her some CDs of classical music that I had, unopened and still in their wrappings.
We left 5 minutes later, at 6:45 a.m. I drove us to the clinic and cousin drove us back, afterwards. There wasn't as much traffic at that time, so we got to the clinic in good time; by 7:30 a.m. So, a bit of a wait until I was called in, but not a long prep. time, afterwards. They gave me a sedative, but I was awake during the procedure (which I much prefer to being put under anesthesia as I worry that I won't wake up, afterwards!) and I could watch the whole thing on the computer monitor! Afterwards, there was a bit of a recovery period, because my blood pressure was very low. But, I felt fine and because I didn't have to go under anesthesia, I wasn't throwing up or anything.
The procedure went smoothly. They took two samples from the esophagus and a polyp from the colon for biopsy; I am go go back on Sept. 12 to find out what the results are. If the samples are benign, I get to repeat the procedure in 3 years, again! Joy!
My cousin and daughter stayed in the waiting area for me (daughter went and got coffee for them) and afterwards, the nurse explained what was done and about the follow-up appointment to them, and any side effects to watch for - fever, etc. I was to avoid coffee and tea, today, and eat soft food. So, after we came home (around 11:30 a.m.), my cousin went to the grocery store and bought me a container of mashed potato. She also brought some pre-made jello, as well. I rested on the sofa, while daughter cooked rice, mackerel curry, and dhal for lunch. I ate some of the mashed potato (it was just a bit too salty for my taste), and some of the rice and curry, too. Cousin and daughter ate some of the rice and curry with tomato chutney, and daughter packed a container of lunch for cousin to take to her mother, my aunt C.
Cousin left around 2:00 p.m., and both daughter and I took naps. We slept till 6:00 p.m. After I woke up, I ate one of the cups of jello and a slice of bread with butter. My throat is a bit sore, but, otherwise, I am OK. Just a bit tired, overall. I might go to bed, early, tonight. No plans for tomorrow, other than resting.
Today, I am grateful for:
- The procedures went off smoothly
- Cousin N, who has been such a blessing
- I was able to be awake during the procedure
- As a result, the recovery afterwards has been good
- The whole thing is behind me for the time being!
I am not making a to do list for tomorrow. Daughter will work from home. I will rest and maybe, if I feel up to it, do some paperwork and filing.
Hope you all had a good day, today.