Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Colonoscopy update

Well, today was our big day for Faith's colonoscopy.  We watched as they gave her some happy juice to make her sleep.  It took less than 30 seconds for her to go under with this stuff.  She was already tired and almost fell asleep watching Baby Einstein videos which she seemed to enjoy.  Once under, we were told it would be at least 45 minutes and they would let us know if it was more than an hour as polyps would take about 5 minutes for each one to be removed.  When the doc yelled down the hall to us after maybe 30 minutes, we were quite surprised.  He expected to find polyps and possible many, but found none.  Instead he found a swollen lymph node that was being rubbed across during each bowel movement which would cause it to bleed.  The bleeding had subsided a few days ago so no real problem.  He did take a biopsy to have her tested for any allergies which seemed like a good idea - glad he thought of it.

This is all very good news and Faith seems to be recovering very quickly from the colonoscopy.  We are beginning to wonder if the sickness (possible pneumonia) she had recently is to blame for this and other issues.  As many of you know, we have started using the bipap for sleeping because her apnea seemed to reappear recently.  She had been sweating as she would go to sleep which is a sign of fighting for oxygen.  Well in the past few days, she has stopped sweating as she falls asleep.  This has made us wonder if she was sick longer than we knew and caused signs of apnea.  Not sure, but we are going to watch and see.  As she laid in the hospital today sleeping comfortably without her bipap or any other aid, her O2 levels were consistently at 97% and never dropped below 94%.  Before her jaw distraction, she would quickly drop into the 80s.  So as you can see, we are wondering if she really needs the bipap on a regular basis or just when she is sick.  Now you have experienced my attempt to practice medicine and reason through all of this craziness...thanks for all your prayers!!

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