Early this morning I’m going to the hospital. I have to be there at 6:45 am. Yuck, why do I have to go so early?
I’m going there so that I can swallow a pill and get hooked up to some kind of transmitter.
The pill that I’m going to swallow is a Camera pill. The test is a camera pill endoscopy. The pill will travel through my system taking pictures every few seconds as it travels through my stomach, small intestines and large intestines.
I’m hoping that it doesn’t take photos of anything too serious, but it’s the only way to really have a good look at the small bowel, which is where my Crohn’s is. Perhaps once they fully know what they’re dealing with they will put me on some meds that will finally begin to work and make me feel better.
I have two concerns:
1. Did someone else swallow the same pill? Maybe last week? If they did that means I’ll be swallowing a pill that someone recently pooped out! Gross eh? Yeah, yeah I know it will have been sterilized. It’s just the thought. Wish me luck on not gagging as I try to get it down with that thought in my head!
2. I’m also hoping that the pill doesn’t get stuck anywhere. I know my insides are swollen and inflamed which means the passages are likely narrower than they should be. It’s quite possible that the pill could get stuck and if it does I’ll probably have to have it removed surgically.
So that’s what I’m doing today. What’s your plans?
I have no idea how long the pill will take to get through my system. Judging from how my body seems to work it could be anywhere from only a couple of hours to at least a full 24 hours.
When I return the pill and equipment I’m going to ask if I can have a copy of the pictures. Maybe you’ll get to see my insides!