Colonoscopy and Plavex...beware
Not sure I spelled Plavex right. it is a blood thinner
Denny had a colonoscopy last Wednesday....
When it was all said and done they told him he could resume eating and taking whatever pills he was taking...just go back to normal.
Well yesterday he spent the day with diarrhea.... He said he had blood mixed with it.
He had the colonoscopy because he had a show of blood every now and them. They found 5 or 6 polyps and a couple small hemoroids.
So I wasn't concerned with it.
About 10:00 last night he got up to go again and said he felt so weak he couldn't get to the bathroom without help.
I'd been trying to get him to let me call his doctor or go to er all day but he had an appointment this morning and he wanted to wait.
I got him to the bathroom and left him there...
Next thing I hear him yelling for me.
He was vomiting. and the toilet water wasn't light pink ...it was full of dark red blood.
Our grandson Nick was here and Jeff was home so I got them down here..
Jeff took one look and called 911
He spent the night in Critical Care. They had to give him two pints of blood and one pint of platlets (sp?) over night.
Oh and it was a terrible night. They checked on him every 15 minutes. he was just miserable. His legs hurt him, his skin itched. He had four IVs in his arm.
The warning is....Plavex will cause the places they removed polyps from to open back up.
Patients who take Plavex are supposed to be told not to take it for another 7 day after the colonoscopy.
I told the doctor they sent us home thinking all was to be normal.
The doctor looked up the copies of the papers they sent us home with and said they did not tell us he was not to take the plavax
I can't believe he told us that...I would think that would give us opportunity to sue if we were so inclined.
Sorry this was so long.
I left Denny there...I'm exausted trying to walk all over that huge hospital with my bad knee that I can't walk with. I have an appt with my doc. tomorrow.