Today I had my bronchoscopy. Lori is in the States and Jos has been my nurse and driver. Because reading books is so boring we decided to record this part of my journey on video and put it online right away. The coolest thing was the we were even allowed to video during the actual procedure. Its short but way real!
We did it in Seesmic Mobile. Its an application on the N95 which records the video’s and uploads it right away to the Seesmic site and also posts it as a tweet. We made a total of 10 less then a minute videos:
- Getting ready for the Bronchoscopy (including 6 video replies)
- Pebbels is here too
- In the car (yes, we recorded everything)
- Arrived in the Hospital
- Getting the IV
- Broncoscopy in progress ( not safe for @michielb… i think..)
- In the recovery room (look mamma i am stoned! and the Insurance paid for it too)
- Its over
- On our way home
- On the couch
So how was the procedure?
Because I was busy with recording I was pretty distracted from the real deal. The nurses and the doctors also took their time to explain what they were going to do which was really good. I like to know what is going to happen. And they were letting us film the procedure which gave it all a good start.
First I got the IV which actually hardly hurt. Then the rolled me into the the room where the procedure was going to happen. Here most of the explanation was done. Then they numbed my throat by spraying some foul tasting chemicals into it. This took a bit. Its like the numbing chemical your dentist uses. They sprayed quite a bit in there. And made my throat feel numb. So it worked. They do this so subdue your gag reflex and coughing when the tube is put in.
Before they put the tube in I got the general ‘drowsiness’ drug. No anesthesia but something to make me stoned. This worked right away and so they started. There was the main specialist doing the deed, and an assisting doctor who was in training. Also there were two nurses helping out. I like attention.
They put a bit in my mouth and inserted the tube. This was uncomfortable but not that bad. I wasn’t too bothered with it. Yet it wasn’t fun too. And for the really bad bits the nurses held my hand, cheesy, but it helped. In all the tube was in me for 15 minutes. They took two biopsy’s. In the end it was getting pretty rough. The doctor asked me not the cough. Which wouldn’t have been a problem if he took the tube out of my throat and didn’t wiggle it so much. I was relieved when it was over.
After the procedure they rolled me and my bed into the recovery room where we chilled for an hour and went home
Before we went home I made an appointment with my onc for next Wednesday, December 3rd. That’s when I’ll hear what they found:
- nothing, so watchful waiting will start
- something, so they will start a new chemo round (which I won’t do until after a thorough and smart second opinion)
- inconclusive, so they will do a more invasive biopsy under total anesthesia (which I won’t do until after a thorough and smart second opinion)
Now I have been home for 6 hours and am fine. A bit tired and a soar throat, but that’s all. I’ll be having diner with the neighbors.
Thanks again for all the love, comments and any other form of attention. It still is great and really helps me!