Having outpatient procedure done tomorrow morning. nervous!

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2010-09-23 21:53:45 -0500
Started 2010-09-20 11:31:59 -0500

I thought I posted this once, but can't find it so I am posting again. Tomrrow I will have my first procedure done since being diagnosed, which was back in Nov os 2008. I got off the pills and I've been controlling it by diet and exercise. One of my concerns is having to go all those many hours with nothing to eat or drink. By the time I can have something, it will end up being anywhere from 14-17hours. I think the last time I will eat will be 7:00 tonight most likely. Have to be there at 8:30 in the morning, don't know the exact time the procedure will start. Anyone ever had an endoscopy, (Upper GI)? They put the tube down my throat and check the esophagus and stomach and snip off some tissue for biopsy. I am nervous. I've never had anything like that done before, yet I wasn't nervous about my two major surgeries (both csections) lol…I've talked to so many who have had this done and they came through just fine, no complications or side effects of the medications. My son had it done 4 years ago, and he did not even have a sore throat. I know they are going to check my blood sugar before they start.

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mas14years 2010-09-23 18:03:24 -0500 Report

I have had it done many, many, many times. There is nothing to worry about at all. You will most likely be out for the whole thing. I had some polyps that needed to be removed. I never even had as much as a sore throat. Good Luck to you though, I hope everything turns out great for you.
God Bless,

GabbyPA 2010-09-23 11:49:45 -0500 Report

I am so glad it went well and I hope that your results will be okay. It is good to have people share those things with us, so we know what to expect in some ways. I know we are all different, but at least others might not be so afraid now. Big hugs for you!!

tabby9146 2010-09-22 11:57:29 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone! I did great, and I would have it done again, and would not be nervous at all. I saw for myself, nothing to be nervous about. They found stomach infection and gastritis. I tested postiive for that H. Pylori bacteria 4 years ago, when I had no symptoms, teenage son did too, hubby and daughter were negative. Son and I were given lots of antibiotics, and he underwent an endoscopy 4 years ago, his result was hiatal hernia and gastritis. This H. Pylori stuff is serious. I know it can lead to stomach cancer. Anyway, I get the biopsy results in 7-8 days! Please pray they come back okay. The gastroenterologist thinks it will. I am also doing those nasty stool samples right now and praying they come back okay too. Hope they don't find anything there. Blood sugar was 89 yesterday as they were beginning to put me under. Thanks again everyone! I will let you all know the results when I get them. I love this board!!

tabby9146 2010-09-23 21:53:45 -0500 Report

There really was nothing to it, so anyone who has to have this done, please don't worry. I did not even have a sore throat either and was able to eat anything I wanted at lunch time. Of course, I was sort of good, though not totally, I had brilled chicken fajitas, only one flour tortilla, but I had lots of chips and salsa!! The salsa at the place I go hardly has any sugar at all. It isn't sweet tasting and i can get away with quite a bit of it, having checked my BS a few times in the past after leaving there, to see how much to eat.

CaliKo 2010-09-22 12:04:28 -0500 Report

Thanks for the update, I'm glad you did so well. I'll put you on my prayer list for good results.

hogrider37 2010-09-21 09:23:11 -0500 Report

youll do fine. I work in a place that oes those tests and minor surgeries. Our patients getting uppers are usually in and out in about 15 minutes. Youll get a mild sedative go to sleep and the next thing youll know your waking up in the recovery room and in another 30 minutes or so youll be on your way home. Easy as pie. Good luck and GOD bless. Youll do fine.

DiabeticCoach 2010-09-21 00:24:17 -0500 Report

You will be given some anesthesia, which is different from a C-Section. With the C you probably had a spinal, but with the Endoscopy you will be put to sleep with a mild anesthesia, like Versed. While you're under, the anesthesiologist will monitor your blood sugar and add glucose if necessary or Insulin, whichever needs to be adjusted. This should be an outpatient procedure. Take God in with you and you'll be fine.

CaliKo 2010-09-20 23:28:51 -0500 Report

Like Gabby said, have someone with you that understands your needs and can watch out for you. I had eye surgery twice this year with no ill effects from the fasting, its easier than you think it will be. It's understandable to be anxious, we are so tied to our diet regimens. I'll add you to my prayer list as well. Please let us know how it goes.

Pynetree 2010-09-20 21:40:48 -0500 Report

I'll be thinking about you tomorrow morning…sending prayers and strength your way. I'm sure the staff will be monitoring you BG and other levels. Think it's normal to be nervous…sure everyone is before medical tests…and then waiting to hear the "all clear" on results. Good luck Tabby!

GabbyPA 2010-09-20 19:37:54 -0500 Report

What you might also want is someone to be with you who understands diabetic lows. I was with my mom after her knee surgery and made the girls test her levels because she was having some typical symptoms. I was not sure if it was the meds or the sugar...it was the meds, but it was better to be sure.

OMG-T2 2010-09-20 15:18:16 -0500 Report

I think even the diabetic human body can occasionally handle fasting.

I just had my first (and hopefully last) endoscopy on July 30 of this year. It was a snap! I had the usual diabetic concerns, as I did in May of this year when I had my gallbladder out, but all the staff in both of these situations were awesome and took really good care of me. For the endoscopy I didn't even know what had happened until it was over, and the whole procedure took maybe 20 minutes once I'd gotten the throat spray. After I was in the recovery area, all I had to do was cough for the nurse to show that I was back in fine fettle and I was good to go.

Plus, I'm Jewish and having just celebrated Yom Kippur, with a fast of 25 hours - no food OR drink at all - I can tell you that I suffered no ill effects. I consulted a Rabbi and my PA about the fast well beforehand, and all I was medically advised to do was to stop taking my Metformin the day before Yom Kippur and I was fine. Now, I can't lie, my BS numbers did go up about 20-40 points during my fast, but once I returned to my meds and diet, my numbers returned to normal.

I don't think I'm special or super-human in any way, shape or form…so, while I certainly wouldn't presume to tell you that everything will be absolutely perfect during any fast by any other diabetic, I would think that if there were significant dangers posed by procedures you may undergo, your doctor should advise you appropriately. I don't think that there's a whole lot of stuff that diabetics go through medically anymore that hasn't been addressed by now!

I believe you will be just fine! Try to relax and remember to breathe!

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Two painful feet 2010-09-20 14:32:11 -0500 Report

Hi! I have had this done 4 times and only thing I had was a sore throat. Which went away real fast. I don't remember anything about the procedure. They give you medication that puts you to sleep and when you wake you are ok to go home. I wish you the best of luck and hope your results turn out ok.
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Gemm 2010-09-20 11:48:38 -0500 Report

Hugs to you. I had one done some years ago and came through just fine. I honestly don't remember if I had a sore throat or not so probably not. As long as you have talked to the doctor about your blood sugar and diabetes there really shouldn't be anything to worry about. My husband had surgery a couple of months ago and his doctor recommended he keep his glucose tablets handy to use if needed before he got to the hospital (5 am :( lol) and got checked in and all. He didn't need them but did have them just in case.

Keep ya in my thoughts HUGS


LennyDenny 2010-09-20 11:45:33 -0500 Report

Hi there. My father-in-law went through the upper GI yesterday and is having the lower done today, he has a GI bleed. He told the dr. about having diabetes, they told him that they will be monitoring in bs during the whole procedure. I had a heart cath done a couple of months ago and had to stop my medication 3 days before and could not start again until 3 days after. I was monitored the whole time and everything came out ok. Just be sure to let them know before your procedure. I hope everything turns out ok for you.


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