Endoscopy Day

June 20, 2006

The endoscopy wasn’t really that bad at all. It was roughly in the same place at Alta Bates hospital as the barium swallow, which means I could actually walk to the morning appointment. They didn’t take long to prep me (basically just getting the IV inserted), and since they were able to administer the drugs via the back of my wrist, there was very little stress. You see, I have this phobia of needles in the crux of the arm — it’s weird, I can watch the Sopranos and have no problem with them whacking other mobsters, but when Christopher’s character shoots heroin, I cringe and can’t watch.

A few months back I had a root canal done, and since I’m a wimp when it comes to pain, had them knock me out. The anesthesiologist made a clear distinction between this type of knock out and “put you under”, which really means they control your breathing and other functions, with “machines that go ping”. For the root canal, the last thing I remember was taking off my head phones and saying “doc, I can still tell what you’re doing” had having him say “that’s because I haven’t begun the sedation, I’ll do that now” and I was out.

For the endoscopy, they wheel you into what looks like just another doctor’s office, except with some special equipment. They show you the tube — a snake like black tube with some attachments at the end — not horribly unlike a miniature version of the weird snake-like probe the aliens used in “War of the Worlds”. They started the sedation, and for some reason I was compelled to sing “Oh Canada” to see how far I’d get through the song before getting knocked out. Surprisingly, I finished the anthem, and then asked “okay, now what?”. That’s the last thing I remember.

I have pictures from the endoscopy that I’m tempted to scan and post for the curious. Write a comment if you want to see what the tumor acutally looks like. In the meantime, click here for a link to the wikipedia site, or a link to the NIH site here for more fascinating endoscopy information!

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One Response to “Endoscopy Day”

  1. Jennifer said

    I would like to see the endoscopy photos if that’s ok. I’m very interested in medicine.

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