Actually, "it" was done early this morning. The "it" in question is, of course, the colonoscopy I posted about yesterday.
We got to the hospital at 6:30 this morning. The folks there were lovely, and I was made very comfortable. Things got rolling pretty much on time. It was scheduled for 7:30, and I got moved to the "procedure room" at 7:30-something. The nurses and the anesthesiologist were there. As I was moved into position and made comfy, the anesthesiologist prepared the meds to inject into my IV (that was started in the room where I got changed and waited) and explained what was going to happen.
Now this is where it got interesting--or, rather, this is the part that remains most interesting to me. Once my doctor came in to get ready to do the colonoscopy, the anesthesiologist told me I'd feel a little burning as the medications went into my veins. Okay. So I focused on a piece of equipment as I decided I wanted to see how fast I faded out. I expected it to take just a few seconds, and I was looking to satisfy my curiosity, figuring I'd have some mental comparison to falling asleep or being drowsy from drinking alcohol. So I focused on a piece of equipment near me as I felt a slight--and really not uncomfortable--burning sensation, as he had mentioned. A couple of seconds passed and I sensed I might be getting very slightly drowsy. Then... "okay, we're all done."
Huh? What the...? How did that happen? I mean, I know how it happened, but that was scary in the way the world was there and then it was gone. Like a light being switched off. *snap* and it was over. In a way, it was a pleasant experience. Still, it was a bit disturbing.
In thinking about it all day (yes, I can mentally pick away at a little thing like this for great lengths of time), I have decided that one of two things happened: either 1) it really is that sudden--that there is some threshold point at which consciousness just snaps off when the brain is hit with these chemicals; or, 2) the drugs caused some kind of minimal amnesia for those minutes. I'm not using the word "amnesia" in a dramatic way. I just mean that I lost some memories.
Number 2 may be right. For one thing, I understand that this kind of anesthesia leaves some people in a condition that they can respond to things they're told without having any memory of it. For another, I only remember some of what the doctor told me when I woke up. More importantly, I realized shortly after it that I was remembering some of it inaccurately. Marc told me what my doctor had said of the results. I told Marc that I remembered hearing that, "but I thought that was yesterday." I immediately realized that couldn't be right and said as much. This was information from the colonoscopy, so I couldn't have heard it yesterday. I was confused.
So was I really suddenly out cold? Who knows? I suppose it really doesn't matter. Honestly, having been nervous about my first time being rendered unconscious by medications, I was very happy to wake up and find that it was so sudden and then over.
More importantly, I was very happy to hear that the doctor found no sign of polyps or cancer. All is well, and I am a happy camper. As Joey7777 correctly commented in the prior post and I also knew would be the case going in, I am very happy that I got this done.
With the cancer history in my family--and considering how effective this exam can be in heading off the potential for colon cancer--I am very pleased that I have gotten this done!