I passed my test!

Back in November, I had to get my first major “check up” since the surgery back in February to make sure I didn’t have any pre-cancerous stuff going on. I was scheduled to get a flexible sigmoidoscopy. One nice feature of getting a sigmoidoscopy after having a colectomy is that there is no prep. I ate lunch right before I came and it was just fine.

It was sort of funny when the nurse asked when the last time I had eaten was. He was rotely going through the questions and to double take when I said that I had just eaten lunch. But then he realized that the two ends of the intestine weren’t connected anymore and off we went with the rest of the questions.

Then I think that was about the last fun part of the procedure. Despite having no prep, having a large tube stuck up your butt and then having a bunch of air pumped in isn’t very much fun. Though they did move a monitor so that I could watch what they were seeing, which was neat.

It turns out that I have hardly any “normal” intestine left down there. There were only a couple of little bumps where there should have been a whole bunch of “villi”, the wrinkles that absorb everything. I guess those bumps are called “pseudopolyps”, and were actually the last few remaining portions that were relatively “normal”. But he needed to take biopsies, so most of those are gone now too 🙂

It was interesting to see everything. It was really the first time I had been able to watch while they did one of these (it was my third, not counting colonoscopies). But I think it reinforced my idea of not getting a pouch right now. Maybe sometime in the future, but right now things are still too inflamed and I don’t think it would go over well.

So what was the final determination after looking in there? I have colitis! Big surprise. And after waiting a month for the results of the biopsies (some breakdown in the line happened because they were actually done after a week), I called up and found out……that I have colitis. But that’s all I have so that’s good. No cancerous stuff to deal with and I don’t have to go back to the doctor again until May (and that’s just for a regular talking appointment, no scoping).

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13 Comments on “I passed my test!”

  1. jen Says:

    are you planning to get a j-pouch? why or why not? thanks.

  2. Jared Says:

    @Jen I think this probably deserves it’s own post, so I’ll have to write that soon, but just to answer the question simply, I’m not planning on it right now for a couple reasons.

    1) I feel great right now. There’s pretty much nothing that I am held back from doing despite the bag.

    2) It’s sketchy whether it would work. My doctor said about 80% of the j-pouches were successful, but my rectum is still so inflamed I’m not sure it’s the right time to do it.

    3) Economics. It simply works better for me right now to keep working and not take the time off and incur the expense of another surgery.

    But I reserve the right to totally change my mind at some point. That was the nice thing about passing the test. If I had had some kind of cancerous “something” then we would have probably had to take out the rest of my rectum and it would have been my last chance to get a j-pouch. As it stands, I can elect to have one whenever I want to.

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