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What happened at St. Luke’s, Part 4
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Might as well finish this entry since I’m on bed rest.
Here’s that itinerary again.

St. Luke's itinerary

After all our tests for the day, Dr. Cuanang and his team dropped by the room to tell us the preliminary findings, which were all OK, except for some high cholesterol Jeroen and I both had, which is funny because Jeroen eats healthy and I had three servings of bone marrow in the last month.

Room 705 suite, St. Luke's hospital
This is where Dr. Cuanang visited us

Jeroen and I still had one big hurdle to get through—the gastroscopy and colonoscopy the following day, which means they put you to sleep and insert a tiny camera inside your throat and anus to see your stomach and intestines.

Gastroscopy1

We also had an abdominal ultrasound which meant nothing by mouth by midnight.
But first we had to eliminate everything from our colons. We were given oral laxatives, which came in pills + two huge bottles of chilled liquid that taste like 7-Up. We had to finish that within 30 minutes. While Jeroen thought it tasted great, I nearly threw up trying to finish them.
That evening, we took turns using the toilet. I can’t even describe to you the hell that was. It makes me smile now but it was really horrible.
Thirst and fear took turns torturing me, I don’t know if I slept at all.
The next morning after showering, we went down for the stomach ultrasound. My throat was scorching. I thought I would faint as my thirst reached Temptation Island levels. But we were not allowed to eat or drink because following the ultrasound was the gastroscopy and colonoscopy = pure suffering.
This entry is so hard to finish because I’m reliving the horror. I think I need two more parts, sorry.
(To be continued)

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Lucille Dizon

OMG! I had a horrible experience with gastroscopy since my doctor didn’t put me to sleep. He just gave me oral anesthesia, i was gagging the whole time. I don’t know why he didnt put me to sleep, hindi naman ako nagtitipid! Im glad i transferred to another doctor for colonoscopy procedure because she put me to sleep. 

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Sorrrry, na-OC lang ako. The hospital misspelled your name. :/

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I can’t remember if gastroscopy is the same procedure that my doctor here has been advising me to undergo owing to the frequent food poisoning incidents and acid reflux episodes I’ve been having. He didn’t mention anesthesia though, which I think was part of the reason why I’m still hesitating to go through that. I underwent an executive check-up last year when I went home because well, I wasn’t growing any younger. I’m glad there weren’t any serious findings whatsoever. Kailangan lang, magreview ako at ipasa ang treadmill test next time! 🙂 Glad you’re at least feeling better by the… Read more »

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I had total abdominal hysterectomy last Feb and although I had already forgotten the pain I was in after the surgery, I still remember the oral laxatives- the taste, how my tummy felt, and the feeling of wanting throw up & needing to go to the toilet at the same time. Sumasama pakiramdam ko pag naaalala ko siya.

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had my lungs and heart and stomach ultrasound dito sa acumedix sa roppingi hills una nakakatakot kasi yung nag uultrasound hindi nag sasalita hanggang nakakaantok lucky normal lahat

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kathleen

Hi! Just wondering why you’re doing a colonoscopy. Here in the US at age 50 when they do it unless there is a  problem. I had mine done early because my mom had colon cancer. Is it normal there just to do all the tests possible if you ask for it? Here the insurance won’t pay if not necessary. It’s pretty invasive & no fun at all so I’m wondering why go through all the trouble if not needed.

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tiny camera daw na ipapasok sa anus ay medyo masakit kaya oral daw ay mas OK talaga ba?  mataas ba YG? minsan daw heridetary yan eh 

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omnesia

Ano beh BITIN!!

LOL at Temptation Island… did you see a giant fried chicken in the horizon?? Chicken ala king… Chicken curry…

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jemriz

I had endoscopy and colonoscopy last saturday.I was also given some laxative and fasting.. propofol was used to knock me out and was instantly out without feeling groggy. the doc found a polyp inside my stomach and was removed. 10 days pa before i get the result. its the waiting that is killing me. doc assured me that i have nothing be worried about but cant help it.huhu

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Gel

omg. I went through that same thing with the drinking from the vile and then emptying your colon out—its for a surgery. I was so weak from going to the bathroom over and over, to the point that I could imagine myself in a dramatic movie scene, crying on the floor. 
The thirst is pure hell. I was able to break one of the nurses down and she allowed me one sip of 7Up.

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I had a Gastroscopy procedure last June. It wasn’t bad at all, since I was gassed out. Around 20mins lang. No idea on the colonoscopy though… Why were you given laxatives? No fasting was done?

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nothing by mouth = fasting 🙂

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Awww. Endoscopy/gastroscopy alone isn’t so bad since they give patients a sedative. I’ve had it twice (or thrice done) & i just slept through it. I haven’t had colonoscopy done yet so I can’t comment on that. Good thing you were just given laxatives, my doctor ordered an enema for me prior to my myomectomy & it was hell.

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