Tuesday, December 02, 2008


I am here to tell you that I had an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and a colonoscopy this morning, and I don't remember a darn thing! This was my first experience with conscious sedation, and it was a loopy trip, if I do say so myself. In fact, I just called Steve a little while ago to tell him that I was done with my appointment and back at home, and he told me I'd already called him. Crazy! I had all of this done today, because ever since I had Griffin, I've had a lot of digestive issues, nausea, acid reflux, etc., but in the past few months it has started to get a bit out of control, where it interferes with what I am trying to accomplish on a daily basis. My doctor was able to rule out all of the really bad stuff today (cancer, ulcers, and the like) so I'm going to be treated for IBS (like you really wanted to know that). The way I'm looking at all of this is, it is high time for a lifestyle change anyway. Treatment includes switching to a low-fat diet, giving up chocolate for the most part (waaaaaa!), staying away from fried foods & processed foods, getting daily exercise, and finding better ways of dealing with stress. All of this sounds good to me...kind of like, doctor's orders to take better care of myself. This is something that I have not been good about, since becoming a mother. Now, I know that if I want to feel better, I have to make these changes. So, here's to a new (and improved) me!


Joy said...

Try Florify from Melaleuca, too. It's the good flora like in yogurt but better. ;)

Are you sure you don't have a allergy to gluten? I have several friends and family members who are on a Gluten-Free diet and once that was done, IBS went away. My sister-in-law has IBS and went Gluten-Free.

Glad the bad stuff is ruled out! I was praying for you when you posted you were going to have these tests ran.

Jen said...

I'm glad you have that over with and they ruled out the scary stuff. The conscious sedation sounds like the way to go... I hope the recommendations help you feel better soon.

Terrij83@yahoo.com said...

So gald your okay buddy and that it is all over with!! Can I be on your healthier lifestyle with you? I need to treat myself better but can't seem to make myself do it. Things like this usually go better with a friend.

love you lots!!!!!

Heather said...

Joy - Luckily I have a bottle of Florify in the fridge, and I'll start with that tomorrow. I can't tolerate dairy so I'm hoping the Florify will help. I have read a lot about gluten lately too - - I had a biopsy today to see if I have celiac sprue, but won't hear back on that for a few days.

Jenny - Thank you...yes, conscious sedation was weird. Unfortunately, my doctor came to talk with me about the procedure after she was done, and I have no recollection of it. I have to call her tomorrow to ask her what the heck she said.

Terri - You are the best. We will need to suffer through this dreary winter together, and then once spring & summer get here, we'll be able to walk with the boys, and get all of our local produce from our beloved farmers market. You are right, things like this usually do go better with a friend. So glad I have you!

Kate said...

So glad they found nothing scary. Hope the new lifestyle starts working quickly. This conscious sedation sounds fun-do you think I could get some sort of prescription for it?

Lisa said...

Two things that will help as you get your symptoms under control - speaking from experience here - 1. Peppermint Tea - calms your stomach
2. Ginger capsules, available at GNC or other places that sell supplements - also calms the stomach but you can take it regularly to keep a nauseas stomach at ease. Helps with digestion too. I'm so glad to hear that all the serious stuff is ruled out!! Be good to yourself and feel better soon :)

Cheryl and Ashton said...

Glad everything came out o.k. (I know, its bad!)with the tests. Glad you rallied with the aid of the p.b.!

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