Please ignore the formatting and typos. All of this comes from my phone.
Today was the big day of my ERCP, one of the two final tests that I need before I can be referred for transplant assessment.
I say one of two but luckily (?) the CT scan I need can only be done on 20 July so my doctors will refer me with it.
An ERCP is a Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-pancreatography. It’s an examination of the bile ducts from the inside using a tube and lots of X-Rays.
A camera tube thing is inserted into your mouth, down your throat, into your stomach, out the other side into the small intestine and then around the corner. On this corner is a small connector to the bile ducts where an even smaller tube is inserted allowing manual inspection. Dye can be used to enhance the picture.
It was not pleasant. I imagine it would be nicer if my one only lasted the normal 30 minutes. Unfortunately I am a abnormality and it too 1 hour 5 minutes. I was sedated, but not knocked out – as you have to be for these things but on at least 4 occasions I came to enough to gag, vomit (not easy with a tube in your mouth) and generally make a nuisance of myself. Each time I got a new dose of meds.
Add in the following:
The surprise painkiller I had to take… In suppository form.
My blood still not clotting properly (a function of the liver that mine can’t be bothered to do any more). This meant I got 5 drip bags. One of Vit K, and four of Fresh Frozen Plasma.
No food or water from 7pm last night until 6pm today.
And you can see how my day has been.
I’m being kept in overnight for observation. Partly due the the amount of medication they shoved into me and partly to make sure I don’t bleed out.
So, yeah. Not really a constructive blog post. But and update for you and a moan for me.
I feel slightly better now, how about you?