Hi everyone another random post for you all today! I hope you have been enjoying your week. I miss you all and the blogging world so much so even though I am crazy busy here I am trying to stay engaged with you all.
As many of you may know I have been in and out of the hospital a lot this last month or two or actually three or four by now. It finally came to the time where I’m in need of emergency surgery. They’ve finally taken me seriously enough. Took them long enough.
I’ve already had the procedure done but while preparing myself I had spent time looking to see if anyone has a post on what you should pack in you’re hospital bag for an Endoscopy and Colonoscopy.
I had a hard time finding anything even similar and ended up finding nothing at all. I decided to take it upon myself to create such a post. That’s what today’s topic is about!
What to pack in your bag for a colonoscopy or endoscopy or both!
But before I get ahead of myself id like to give a brief explanation for those of you who don’t know what these diagnostic procedures are. An Endoscopy is when there is a camera/scope that is inserted through your mouth down your esophagus into your stomach or just before it depending on your personal condition. The Colonoscopy is the same idea but instead of your throat, it goes in your anus, through your colon and through your intestines it usually reaches to the end of the large intestine before the small intestine.
The main purpose of these procedures is diagnostic. They can diagnose things like inflammation, ulcers and other common concerns. This gives the doctors the answers they need to take the right path with your care. There are also some surgical treatments that can be done while the scopes are in there. They can remove polyps, sometimes they can fix ulcers while there in there and they definitely take biopsies while in there. I watched them take at least 15 biopsies this time around. Yes, that’s right at least 15.
In most cases they make you switch to a hospital gown which is totally fine and dandy but you’re still going to want to arrive and comfy clothing and you’re going to want to bring a fresh set of clean, comfy clothing to change into when everything’s all said and done. When you finally get to go home from the hospital you don’t want to be going home in the same crappy pyjamas that you showed up in.
Another thing that you might want to pack in your bag is some slippers, some comfy comfy slippers. Hospitals are always cold and you don’t want to be stuck wearing your shoes around and you probably don’t want to be wearing socks either.
While we are are the topic of warm and comfy thank you Comfy slippers and the topic of hospitals being cold, make sure you ask for some blankets because you’re cold.
They have the best warmed up blankets so you really don’t need to bring a blanket unless that’s something that’s comforting for you then, of course, bring your own blanket. But for me, I’m going to stick with bringing my one of my chunky Cardigans to keep my arms warm and then I’ll just use one of their lovely lovely heated blankets.
Some places advise you to bring water but in my case, I was supposed to stop drinking 3 hours before going under the scopes, so this for me meant 6 a.m. it’s up to you if that’s something you’d like to bring. Something I focus more on is bringing something to keep yourself occupied while waiting to get the IV put in as well as waiting to be called into the procedure room. I haven’t spent much time on Social Media in the last 4 years besides working towards website goals and researching parenting strategies and help. This time I decided to occupy myself by playing on my phone and indulging int the fascinating world of the web.
Last and certainly not least, but probably the most embarrassing thing to be mentioned, before you start your prep pick up a bag of Adult Diapers. They make living your life and continuing with your responsibilities while preparing for this extremely fun time a breeze.
I’m still in the process of moving back into my parent’s house and getting everything settled which is a big part of my inactivity besides being under the weather. I am happy to inform you all that my health is slowly starting to get better. We have found some of what the issue was and I have already started being proactive in taking care of the issue until I go in to see my specialist for the results and to come up with a strategy for further care.
Even with everything I have going on I still felt it was crucial to touch base with all of you and share a post and tell you all how much I miss you and the blogging world. All of your continuous support is overwhelming in the most pleasant ways possible. I never really knew how much support and care I could receive from all of you until I took off my rose coloured glasses, really opened up to you about my personal life and received so many kind words and positive vibes to brighten my day. I am always grateful for everyone here in the blogging community so here’s a big thanks to all of you!
Is there anything else you include of could think to include in your bag?
Thank you all for stopping by today!