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Monday, August 6, 2012

Smart Pill

I got up and was at the doctor by 7:30am this morning in order to ingest my Smart Pill. The nurse sat me down in a room and told me to ingest a block of fiber. It tasted like a really dry granola bar. It was a small block of granola with some cranberries. So, I ate the block, which made my mouth tired from chewing, and sat there. The nurse came back in with my Smart Pill. What the nurse doesn't tell is how big the damn Smart Pill is!


The edge of it was sharp and metal. So, as I swallowed the pill, it cut my esophagus ALL OF THE WAY DOWN! Ouch. My eyes watered and I could taste a bit of blood. The nurse just told me to keep drinking water. Eventually, it stayed down but it gave me this weird feeling like it was stuck. I still feel like the Smart Pill is stuck in my stomach.

I have to keep a diary of everything for the next five days. It's going to be hard for me document everything. I can't take ANY anti nausea medications. That's going to suck because I'm really nauseated. I haven't really eaten anything so I haven't vomited. The doctor DID confirm that I've lost 24 pounds since my last visit with my weigh in today. That should prove that I've been ill. I haven't lost this weight on purpose. I actually have cheek bones again. I didn't want to starve myself to lose weight though.

The nurse said that I should document my food intake as well but I just have not been hungry. That block of stuff I ate this morning is still sitting in my stomach and it burns. I hope they'll be able to see a correlation of when the burning started and what part of the digestive process it coincides with. I guess I should make myself eat but I just can't bring myself to.

I can't take anything that may affect motility or my test. The Smart Pill will give readings to the data receiver I wear in real time to give the transit times of my digestive system. It will confirm that I have delayed gastric emptying or may show other issues as well. Despite what some people may think, it does not take pictures.

I forgot to ask the nurse if my muscle relaxers were safe but they probably affect motility times as well. I'm not sure how I'm going to get to sleep tonight. The pain of my stomach plus my knee is indescribable.

Also, you have to keep the receiver with you. It's like carrying an old cell phone from the 80s or an over sized pager. It cannot be more than 4 to 6 feet from your body at all times, even when you shower. I have a belt clip for it. The nurse gave it to me with a lanyard earlier but Jesse made her give me a belt loop so it wouldn't constantly hit my stomach as I walked. I did almost vomit up the Smart Pill in the car ... that would have ended badly.

I do not look forward to that because:

A. The Smart Pill is huge
B. It has sharp metal edges that hurt going down

Well, I guess I'll keep you updated on my progress.

I meet with the doctor for the results on Friday at 8:20am. Below is the Smart Pill and the data receiver I have to wear until Friday.






6 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is a Smart Pill? Do I need one?

Emily Scherer said...

Well, the doctors were giving them out this morning in order for a select few to survive the impending zombie apocalypse. Since I'm a scientist, they deemed me fit to survive the apocalypse. So now, the Smart Pill will protect me. You should see your doctor as soon as possible to check and see if your name is also on the list. =)

Ken Klaus said...

With as many GI problems as I have, im shocked they havent shoved one of those down my throat yet.

Emily Scherer said...

Beware if they do - the doctor doesn't warn you about the sharp metal edges. >.<

Kittie said...

How the heck did anyone think making a pill with sharp edges was a good idea??

Emily Scherer said...

I don't know but it was a bad move. =(

My throat is sore and swollen, as well as a bit scraped up.