Well this is a bummer. We returned from our bike trip to Sanibel Island on Monday bc I was scheduled for a colonoscopy on Thursday. The weather on Sanibel was wonderful, typical March Fl type. We were able to do several 40 + mile days. Tuesday the bottom fell out..... of the weather that is... not the other as I wasn't due to start the cleaning process until Weds. Anyway TOO cold for a ride on Tues. and an appointment with the RV repair guy cancelled any chance for a Wed AM ride. Then..... the prep (since this is the over 50 board you should ALL know what I mean). My appointment on Thursday was for 1:30 pm. So no ride but figured maybe after the procedure and a little food on the bikes we would go. I had let my doc know of my past and present heart problems, in fact my Cardio doc had to sign off before the colonoscopy was scheduled a couple of months ago. Off to the clinic I go. Go through all the pre-procedure stuff and they wheel me into the "room". In comes the sleep man.... going to give you gas and you'll be fine. He starts the process and then stops and kinda runs out of the room. Here I am laying on my left side all cleaned out ready to be poked and nobody is around. I hear talking in the background and doc, nurses and rest of the crew come in. Ah, on with the show. What... not so fast says the doc. Seems the "sleep guy" is really concerned when looking at my cardiac print outs and they feel I would be best to have the colonoscopy done in the local hospital in case any problems appear. Great!!! Now it's not like these guys didn't know of my heart problem for the past year or so. They have been in contact with my heart doctors and GP. They should have planned this upfront.
The doctor tells me I have two options at this point. Go to the hospital today and he'll do the procedure later in the day after he's done in the clinic or go home reschedule and to the prep AGAIN another day. By now it' about 3 pm so eating and riding doesn't look good today. Figured I might as well get this over with. So off to the hospital I go.... with my iv line still in and taped up. My wife was a little surprised to see me so soon in the waiting room until I explained plan B.
At the hospital after going through all the loop holes again... paperwork.. nice johny (btw why do they call these things johnys?) the new "sleep guy" has an ekg done and then comes in to talk to me. Seems my ekg showed bigeminy (a pvc every other beat). Not good. Could be a big problem for a selective procedure like a colonoscopy or it could be just a side effect of my chf. So he decides to hold off a while and try to get in touch with my heart doc and hospital records of past ekgs to compare. That's ok bc the doc during the procedure is still at the clinic anyway. So another couple of hours pass and the "sleep guy" the ekgs all appear the same so on with the FUN. The rest of the procedure I don't remember. But they did remove a couple of polyps. But the real bummer is bc they found and removed a couple of polyps I CAN'T ride for another 3 days.
Oh well at least I don't need to do another prep for 5 years or so....