Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Joy!

Oh, joy, and hip, hip, hooray! Unpleasant as the prep was, the colonscopy went fine and the great news is that I have an ulcer! I was deathly afraid of a malignancy, of course, little Miss Sunshine that I am, and this was the best I could have heard. Doc prescribed Omeprazole, one a day, which I assume heals the ulcer. Anyway, I'm over the moon about it.
Ellen was with me the whole day. She picked me up at 8:40 (the place is only about six minutes away) and stayed while I had the procedure. Luckily, the nurse had the foresight to suggest she be with me when the doctor was telling me the result and instructions because I don't remember even seeing him after. I was given a written summary, of course.
I was ravenous when we left, but patients are cautioned to eat lightly after the procedure. Usually, I follow medical instructions to the letter, but that one? Forgettaboutit! We immediately went to the Two Trees Cafe and I had scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, toast, and three cups of coffee. (It may have been unwise, but I'll die happy.)
We then went to Ellen's, said hello to Greg (who was on his way to work), and started watching Annie. However, it's pretty dated and I didn't care much for it to begin with, so I asked El to come over to my place and help me with laundry and re-do my bed with the new bedding. On the way there, I called my friend in New Mexico and told her the good news. Later, I e-mailed my boys to let them in on it.
El and I got my clothes washed, changed the bed, and handled a few other chores. We also moved the settee (a bench my Uncle Frank made for my cousin, Judy in 1963, and which I cherish) to behind the table, which my DIL, Paula, had suggested. Good idea, as it frees up more in the living room.
El left about 5:00 and I settled in to enjoy my relief and happiness at escaping what I feared most. Went to bed at my usual 9:00, read for forty-five or so, and slept soundly until 7:30.

4 comments:

iloveac said...

Yes, that is so much better than the feared malignancy. As you know omeprazole is Prilosec. I take it daily.
Like you I never ate 'lite' after the procedure. Never caused a problem either.
So glad you can put this to rest. I'm sure your family is relieved as well. Now it's time to celebrate.

Mimi said...

Patti, no, I DIDN'T know it was Prilosec. But come to think of it, when the RX was going to be something like 92 dollars, the pharmacist showed me an OTC he said was the same. The reason I'm a little fuzzy on it is because we had just come from the colonoscopy place and I may have still had a little of the sleep drug in me. Hmm...interesting. I do think Humana will send it to me without extra charge other than my regular monthly cost.

iloveac said...

The generic should be more affordable. Prilosec is the trade name.....omeprazole is generic.

Mimi said...

Thanks for the info, Pat.