Monday, October 14, 2013

Endoscopy Day

It is Day Two of our Fall Break. We got up at 5 a.m. and checked in at UNM's Center for Digestive Disease right at 6:30. Asa was prepped and ready for his endoscopy by 7:30. By 8:30, they released him into my care. He said he didn't think they gave him sufficient anesthesia, as he could hear the medical personnel chatting while they did their thing.  As a side note, Asa has had this procedure done about a dozen times, and each time it's different. He's developed what are essentially varicose veins in his stomach as part of his Hepatitis C; the docs want to monitor them on a regular basis. Sometimes they have to "band" them, which is just what it sounds like - they put tiny rubber bands around the unhappy veins. We really like the nurses & everyone at the Center - they take excellent care of him, and give him Schweppes ginger ale for afters. There's even a cup holder on the wheelchair they use to get him out to the car. They mail us more complete results with recommendations in a few days, and he has a follow-up endoscopy in two weeks.

 Icky pics & proof they did their thing.

I nearly wiped out a motorcyclist, who shot out from seemingly nowhere, as I was exiting the parking lot of the clinic - and I've either been living here in New Mexico Long Enough, or I had a hundred other things on my mind, but the close call didn't phase me. The nature of his procedure was such that Asa's only allowed clear liquids for the rest of the day, taking Hurricane's off the agenda. I drove straight home. We didn't have any trouble getting into the house from the car; Asa had given every indication of being alert, albeit a touch wobbly, so when he said he was going to use the bathroom, I switched off hover-mode and let him solo.

CRASH. SPLASH. This was the sound of Asa's head connecting with a bathroom shelf and the subsequent sound a transistor radio makes when it lands in the toilet. I jumped around and bolted in to the bathroom to find Asa hanging on to the sink, his legs buckled, his feet turned out at such an awkward angle I thought he'd broken his ankles. I ripped off his crocs and felt his leg bones - everything was okay there. I looked at his head - his hat was tipped all the way back on his head and three bright spots of blood were pooling on top. All he kept saying? "Wow. I haven't lost it like this in YEARS." He couldn't get back up until he was actually on his knees, and when I heard them hit the floor I was stunned by his lack of reaction. "I think the anesthesia's finally kicking in," I said.  At this point, he was completely LOL WUT?  It took a bit of engineering, but after about 15 minutes he was in bed, snoring, cat by his side, head bandaged. I took off to do the laundry.

 Now that's an owwie.

The takeaway from all this? I have to remember that Asa has had YEARS of practice with 'maintaining' while under the influence of some fairly interesting drugs, so it's easy to be fooled by his demeanor. Won't make that mistake again. I hope.

It seems that now we're all settled down for the day. Laundry's been stowed, lunch has been had. Asa's back in bed, book in hand. It remains for me to clean the kitchen, finish some quarterly paperwork for the bookshop, and catch up on episodes of "The Killing" while I do a little beadwork.

Tomorrow, Day Three of our fall break, will be another busy day. More doctor stuff. And bank stuff. And errand stuff. But here's the good stuff - Airport Stuff! We're fetching my daughter from the Sunport in the afternoon (coming in from the Midwest) - then early supper at Fu Yuang!

So - in spite of it all, there's YAY RIGHT NOW!

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Flexibles Endoskop.jpg
An example of a flexible ICD10 =
MeSH D004724
OPS-301 code: 1-40...1-49, 1-61...1-69
MedlinePlus 003338
File:Endoscope nci-vol-1982-300.jpg
A physician using an endoscope
Endoscope means looking inside and typically refers to looking inside the body for medical reasons using an endoscope, an instrument used to examine the interior of a hollow organ or cavity of the body. Unlike most other medical imaging devices, endoscopes are inserted directly into the organ. Endoscope can also refer to using a borescope in technical situations where direct line of-sight observation is not feasible.
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