"My experience with a Colonoscopy (part 1)"
About: The Royal London Hospital The Royal London Hospital E1 1BB
I had a colonoscopy at the hospital yesterday. I would like to mention the amazing team of nurses that this department has. They were since the beginning, during the procedure and after it, absolutely caring, professional, compassionate and helpful. The main responsible of this department should congratulate them and the doctors should be proud of the team of nurses they are working with. The doctor, however, was very cold and distant since the beginning. I asked for the sedation and seemed that the doctor was not very happy with this decision at all. (I right that, undoubtedly, the patient has). Before the procedure the doctor put a cannula in my hand and injected some of the sedation. I felt slightly relaxed, but I think that this “sedation” its more a placebo than a proper sedation itself. I felt every single thing during the colonoscopy. I asked for more sedation and they applied more, but it was like nothing at all. The sedation gives you a feeling of relaxation but it doesn't avoid the pain at all. At one point the pain was absolutely unbearable and I asked the physician to stop several times but the doctor didn’t. (Before the procedure I was told that I was in my right to stop the procedure any time if the pain was unbearable… so I do not know what part of my sentence this doctor didn’t understand. I think this is enough reason for a formal complain, I took the name and surname of the doctor so I’m thinking seriously about it). Not to mention the comment of the doctor regarding the monitor. Basically the monitor wasn’t working properly and the doctor couldn’t see some areas of the colon as it was too dark. As A patient is normal, I guess after hearing that, to have the doubt if the procedure was properly done, missing maybe important areas that hasn’t been check. In the recovery room and still experiencing a terrible pain, the doctor passed by my bed a few times and not even a comment. As the pain was still there after a while I nurse asked to the doctor to come and see me. The physician seemed to be bothered by that (the expression in the face was very clear), and explained to me the whole procedure that was done, the problem with the not clear images of the monitor, the biopsies taken etc…. Not a word about why the doctor didn’t stop when I asked for that, not a nice word about how are you feeling…nothing. And in the same cold, distant and apparently bothered way, the doctor left the recovery area. Just the nurses took good care of me and made my, so far unfortunate journey, more bearable.