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Hell Hospital pt.4 the Colonoscopy [1st time]

January 29 – February 4 – Antelope Valley Hospital, Lancaster California. Second Floor East.


This is where the TMI term may come in. We are talking Colonoscopy here. I will be as discreet as possible as this person is me and my dignity is still shot. So read with this caution. God Bless anyone going through this. The procedure itself is not the bad part, it is the preparation for it…


Aside from a few embarrASSing 😛 moments, she made it through the Cystoscopy procedure. Hindsight being 20/20 she wishes she had been more ‘with’ it for this night. Her Colonoscopy was set for tomorrow, so they told her that tonight she would do yet another cleansing. Then why did they bring her food in the evening?? [Can we turn back time?]

The nurse brought her the ‘DRINK’ Go Lightly. Well, you will go, but not lightly!! The taste was somewhere between sour milk and paint thinner she decided. They expected her to drink a gallon of this. If she had not been sitting so securely on her friendly bedside commode she would have fallen off of it laughing.

my only friend

They had flavors for the drink, which to her only made it worse. So the nurse got a 7up type soda and mixed it. It helped for about 6 of the glasses. By now she had been through about 8 glasses and 8 glasses had been through her instantaneously.

You’d think since they had cleansed her the night before and now 8 glasses of this, she would be flowing clear. Nope, not so much. She let the nurse know, no more drink thank you very much!! The nurse explained she would have to do a tap water enema then in the morning. Hallelujah, anything was better than drinking that. She knew more was coming, so she opted to stay on the commode for a bit and the nurse left. After a bit she was getting very tired and was in some pain, so she cleaned herself, got on her pull-up and got into the bed, only calling for a pain shot. [this was the same night as the iv f*#* up when her arm finally swelled and the new iv was not put into a vein, hence pain meds not working]

It felt as if she had gotten no sleep when they were back in her room ready for her enema. Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!! They first had to clean the commode as no one had emptied it from the night before. 😦 [this was a frequent occurrence for her and her one neighbor] Bleck!!!!

Explaining to the nurse, yet again, of her MS and inability to move fast or stand easily she tried to have them let her sit at the farthest edge of the commode so no messes would occur. They had her stand over the commode…you can guess what happened from there. One word mess. [remember, this is a 4 person room] So for the next few times they allowed her to sit on the edge of the commode!! Imagine that…

In her heart she was mortified and humiliated to her core. They cleaned the floor and commode, but she ended up cleaning herself. [not by choice, maybe they didn’t see it on her]

Remember this was the second cleansing. One the night of the Cystoscopy, and then this [drink and enema] pretty much all night cleansing. She was still not running clear. WTF!! Were there squatters living up there?!! [ty Ruby, lol]

One of the nurse techs, K, told a few people that the procedure would not work as she was still not running clear, they sent her up anyways. Being out of gurneys she was sent up in her bed and the procedure done in her bed.

She told the GI people what the nurse tech had said about her not running clear, but they had their orders. As the GI nurse was getting her ready for the procedure, she started to add fluids to the IV line. This is when it was found out that the IV was NOT in a vein!! The nurse removed it quickly and soothed Tracy as she was shaking, cold and crying from the pain. They got a line in after trying both feet. Pain! She now had a line in her right foot. Once the Oxygen was started and the meds flowed all she remembers is waking in the surgical room with the amazing GI nurse there.

Unfortunately, the news was not good. It did not work and she would have to go through this again at 8am the next morning. She would have to drink more of the cleansing drink and eat nothing.The nurse tech, K, from her floor had said this would happen, why didn’t anyone listen. Tracy’s psyche was breaking down and breaking down fast.

With tears quietly running down her face they took her back to her room for what was yet to come.

**To be continued**

Blessings and Hope!

17 thoughts on “Hell Hospital pt.4 the Colonoscopy [1st time]

  1. It is beyond words what they put you through…just when you feel there is a light at the end of the tunnel…WHAM!!..somehow you found the strength inside yourself to carry on, but my God, the incompetence at that hospital, WTF…I have had seven hospital stays in my life and never experienced such lunacy!…continue to rest and share with us..Much love xo!


  2. Since I have Colon Cancer I have to endure colonoscopies every year, so I know what it’s like to drink that salt water crud and the joy that comes afterwards trying to make it to the toilet. I have been in a lot of hospitals but never have I received the kind of treatment you have had to put up with. This is a nightmare.


  3. Tracy you’re amazing. The hell you went thru and your willingness to write about it blow my mind. You are brave and resilient and I admire you greatly.

    Are you okay with me linking to these posts? I agree with Cynthia, people need to know just how bad it is…


    1. TY Kathy. I think it is easy for me to write it out as now it is being done on my terms. I am getting my control back. If that makes any sense.

      Link away!!


  4. I would likely have been labeled a ‘problem patient’ LOL because my time as a disability rights advocate made me a bit ‘direct’ when it comes to such things. That you were able to hold it together and not wrap a bedpan around someone’s head speaks to your strength and depth of character.

    Love ya! oxox


    1. My family says they should be happy i am disabled and was drugged up, as if I had felt better it would have a specific NT in the bed and not me. lol

      I think the humiliation of it al kept me at bay. And that is not who I am!


  5. My heart goes out to you! I have had the procedure done twice and with working legs it was hard to get to the toilet on time! I just about fell asleep on it too! I pray that you will NEVER go through an experience of incompetent health care workers like that again. I’m glad you are making some noise!


  6. I hate anything medical, but when my wonderful doc told me to get a colonoscopy, I bit my lip and just did it. I’m a control freak, I used to practice medicine but left that profession to become an airline pilot…….so I’m the worst possible patient adn try not to tell anyone of my medical background. everything went wrong for my colonoscopy; the prep didn’t work, I was dehydrated and my ride home bailed out so no sedation. your test CAN’T go this bad. But they did me anyway……After an abortive attenpt at the test, the nurses got me admitted and did the prep for me…IV’s, laxatives and enemas for 2 days. it all came out fine without any sedation…..


    1. Sounds like my wonderful time. I hope you at least had caring nurse who did not make you feel de- humanized!

      I will never have another one again! 🙂


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