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I just realized I wrote colpo instead of colonoscopy... sorry.. totally different parts of the body.. had to correct!
*Info about hemorrhoids*.. I've been keeping myself up at night just thinking.. my son has a bleeding internal hemorrhoid OR polyp (it is internal so they are guessing) but I did see "it" hanging externally after a BM and I know the blood is directly from there. This has been going on (off and on) for 8 weeks or so. Anyway, GI wants to do colonoscopy on him. I feel sick as I know the anesthesiologist asks about immunization status. In some cases, I'm okay with brushing it off-- what about this case? What would I have to worry about?
Also, if anyone has any suggestions to try, I'm willing to do whatever to avoid this procedure. I plan on getting a 2nd opinion since I did not like this doctor's dismissive bedside manner and she never assessed/palpated his abdomen to search for pain or whatever...
 

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I would get a second opinion, and my daughter had major intestinal surgery, a right -hemicolectomy due to a tumor, and vax status wasn't even mentioned..i told them from the get go it's against my beliefs. She also had an appendectomy which led to the hemi -colectomy because they found a tumor when they removed the appendix. From the initial get go at the ER, they were told vaccines are against my beliefs, and didn't mention it again. This was in 2011.
 

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Never had a question about my vaccine status when I went in with a broken ankle. Or when I came back a week later for surgery. Or the entire time I was being treated after the surgery, including from the visiting physical therapists and occupational therapists.

The only time it came up was when someone was doing a "safety" survey while I was in the emergency department.
 

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Doctors participating in meaningful use will start asking questions about vaccination, so I dont think you should get a second opinion based on that alone.
 

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i meant if you're not satisfied with the dr doing the procedure or feel that your child's condition doesn't warrent such a thing, or the bedside manner used, then get a second opinion. Getting an opinion because there was a routine question about vaccine status would be silly.
 

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i meant if you're not satisfied with the dr doing the procedure or feel that your child's condition doesn't warrent such a thing, or the bedside manner used, then get a second opinion. Getting an opinion because there was a routine question about vaccine status would be silly.
I agree! I wasn't seeking a 2nd opinion due to the vaccination question.. that was brought up because the doctor suggested a colonoscopy and I know what that entails (sedate a child). I'm familiar with the routine questions they ask for that so that made me a little nervous since that would be going into the body.. like 4 feet worth.. but yeah, she specializes in pediatrics yet didn't say hi to him, didn't make HIM feel comfortable, never asked him any questions and never explained to him what is going on, didn't assess his abdomen, immediately suggested a colonoscopy without hearing me (which really fuels me) and I had to fight to get a stool sample, PT & PTT and food allergy test ordered in addition the CBC she wanted. If I feel I know more than the doctor and they make us feel like a number, they will not touch my kid- THAT is the reason for a 2nd opinion!
 

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It sounds like you need a second opinion/second doctor. I'd hope a paediatric specialist would have a good manner with kids. My DS recently had dental surgery under a GA. The dentist and the anaesthesiologist were both paediatric specialists and were great with him--explaining everything on his level, listening to his concerns, asking him questions. The dentist did ask about his vaccination status (he's only had a MMR to date), specifically about tetanus which I thought was a bit odd, I thought hep B would be more of a concern, interesting. But anyway, you do have the right to find someone else.

As for the colonoscopy and vaccination status, I just had one and it was a non-issue. I was never asked. Probably a good thing since I've never had a hep B and my last booster for anything was a rubella in 1982.
 

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Always get a doctor you trust and are comfortable with. They've never given me a problem with vax issues with surgery but I will admit the rate of tetanus *because* of surgical malpractice is one reason I'd consider that one before any invasive procedure. That might be one reason they're asking.
 

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Always get a doctor you trust and are comfortable with. They've never given me a problem with vax issues with surgery but I will admit the rate of tetanus *because* of surgical malpractice is one reason I'd consider that one before any invasive procedure. That might be one reason they're asking.
This (tetanus) is what I was worried about... ugh... then my other dilemma is the doctors around here are pretty outspoken on their beliefs and have reported parents to children and family services... if something like that happened, I'd lose my job- instantly. The stress is unbelievable.
 

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Honestly, no one asked me about tetanus status. I was more concerned with hospital acquired infection and superbugs which are a huge issue here.

I'd also want a paediatric GI specialist who can allay your concerns. I'm wondering how they handle the bowel prep issue for someone so young. It's pretty unpleasant for adults never mind kids. Maybe they skip it for youngsters.
 

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Honestly, no one asked me about tetanus status. I was more concerned with hospital acquired infection and superbugs which are a huge issue here.

I'd also want a paediatric GI specialist who can allay your concerns. I'm wondering how they handle the bowel prep issue for someone so young. It's pretty unpleasant for adults never mind kids. Maybe they skip it for youngsters.
Yes, there are those infections too.. lovely.. I was told we would have to prep the same way adults do the day before and live on clear fluids for a day... nothing after midnight.
 

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Yes, there are those infections too.. lovely.. I was told we would have to prep the same way adults do the day before and live on clear fluids for a day... nothing after midnight.
We usually are on a restricted diet two days before the procedure and then spending the day in the bathroom the day before due to the clean out meds they prescribe. I was quite dehydrated (raging headache, worst I'd ever experienced) during my recent one, so I'd hope there's a different, more gentle protocol for little ones. Good luck! Hope you find a good specialist you can work with.

Honestly, if you can find someone kind and understanding, it'll make all the difference. I was back to feeling fine within about two days afterwards and no aftereffects or trauma except for the knowledge that I have to do it all again in two years' time. Ugh.
 
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