I've been at my new job for all of 7 weeks and needed to take off to go to the doctor already. The pain I had last weekend scared me enough that I scheduled an emergency visit with Dr. GI last Thursday. The major pain had mostly subsided by then, but my belly was still pretty tender. Since I recently (Like 2 months ago recently) had a colonoscopy and bloodwork done and everything checked out okay, Dr. GI wasn't convinced a true Crohn's flare up could be happening so soon when there was no indication on the tests. He did think the pain could be caused by a possible stricture in the small bowel. He wanted me to have a small bowel follow through - my FAVORITE test! I love this test for a few reasons. 1. It's simple, non invasive and I don't need any kind of prep for it. 2. I actually don't mind the taste of barium. Weird, I know. 3. I am able to do this test in 15 minutes flat! Usually it takes anywhere from 2-4 hours because normally a person's intestinal tract take that long to allow the barium to travel all the way to the rectum. Since I have had a lot of my intestines removed, I get the job done much quicker. It amazes even the most seasoned Xray tech!
As I sat with the scheduling lady trying to figure out if I could have the test done late in the evening or early on a Saturday I realized that the test would probably not show a single thing. I realized they couldn't schedule the test when it was convenient for me because they think it will take 2-4 hours. I also realized that after the test Dr. GI wanted to see me in the office again to go over the results. I then remembered I had an appointment with Dr. Bones (the rheumatologist) later this month. The current day, the test, the follow up and the other appointment with Dr. Bones meant 4 days of work that I would have to miss at least half a day of in the month of June alone. I decided against the test.
I have been relatively okay with minimal pain since the major episode last weekend. I am hoping it was just a freak occurrence. I really cannot risk losing my job over something that might not even been a thing. No one at my office knows of my condition(s) and I would like to keep it that way. I work with very catty women. The last thing they need is more ammunition for the "new girl" animosity they are already showing. Besides, I'm a nurse, I can make this call with a general knowledge of what would be the best thing to do right now. Right? Sure.