Dr Pokey Goes To Botty Land

You think all is going well and along comes Dr Pokey! He means well, he really does, but I found him a bit of a pain in the butt. Only joking!

I Failed

First of all, I have to say that Dr Pokey is a good man who only wants to help and for that, I am eternally grateful. So, who is Dr Pokey? Well, he works in the colonoscopy department of the local hospital. In all honesty, I think every hospital has a Dr Pokey and a Nurse Prod come to think of it. My first introduction to him was last week after I failed a bowel screening test that our wonderful NHS sends us over ’60s every two years.

Meet Nurse Prod

I can’t emphasize how important those little kits are. They can save your life and all it takes is a few moments. Anyway, without going into any details, I did my test a couple of weeks ago and sent it back in the little pre-paid envelope. Within days, I had a letter back telling me that blood had been found in my sample and a bowl clinic nurse would be phoning me within a couple of days.

Big Baby

Now, I am the biggest baby in the world when it comes to the mention of hospitals, nurses, doctors and so on. I turn into jelly-like blubber that can’t string two words together in a coherent way. I get so worked up I cannot think, sleep, breathe, eat or have any sensible conversation with another human. It’s weird, I know, but that’s how I’m wired up. Before long, the telephone was ringing and Nurse Prod was on the other end. As I sat, cowering in the corner, listening to what she had to say, I realised just how nice and caring she really was.

Meet Dr Pokey

She did a great job calling me on the phone as within a few days I was in the hospital, face to face with Dr Pokey and his team. I say face to face, but it was more like a bum to face! Because I am such a baby, I had all these weird thoughts racing through my mind:

Would he hurt me?
Does he enjoy poking about?
What if he pokes too hard and punctures something?
Will I bleed to death?

And on and on the thoughts go. I know I’m not alone and we all fear hospitals and procedures to some extent. Going to the dentist is a similar experience. As with all these things, it’s never anywhere as bad as you think it will be. Not forgetting too, these simple procedures can save your life! I can’t thank enough all of the nurses and Dr Pokey. They are all Angels!

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32 Comments
  • SueW
    February 14, 2020

    Trev, I have had lots of babies and lots of surgery, but the one thing that scared me more than anything else, literally turning me into a trembling wreck was the colonoscopy, I was absolutely petrified. In the vent, as you also found out it wasn’t anything like as bad as I expcted, though I did sleep through most of it!

    Good old NHS – Always there speedily when there is a result that demands investigation. Hope all goes well for you πŸ™‚

  • admin
    February 14, 2020

    Thank you, Sue. I’ve had a few from the top end, but that was the first rear one. I agree, it’s nothing to fear and everyone are on hand to help you through. I went without the sedative too, but I may have it if there’s a next time, just to calm me down.

  • KINDNESS
    February 14, 2020

    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ•―οΈ Dr Pokey wow, that must been a dreadful time.. I can’t stop laughing 🀣 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ wow you are amazing ❀️ please keep writing ✏️ πŸ˜‚ I have been waiting three weeks for the installment of ” Days of Your Life ”. How long for the next installment lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜ Kindness

    • admin
      February 14, 2020

      It was ok. Thank you, Kindness.

  • Bryntin
    February 14, 2020

    For some reason I’ve got the jingle for the ‘Fudge’ advert going on in my head now… you know the one? Although it’s hardly appropriate for giving the kids a treat.

    • admin
      February 14, 2020

      😁I can’t say I know the jingle, Bryntin 😁😁😁

  • Yetismith
    February 14, 2020

    For me, it’s the prep, not the procedure that I dread. I would rather have a double root canal. I really hope my equivalent of Dr Prod does not catch up with me again! I hope your results come out well.

    • admin
      February 14, 2020

      I know, the prep and the fallout from it, my word!!!! I hope I’ll be fine after a few polyps were removed, thank you .

  • June Lorraine Roberts
    February 14, 2020

    Well done! πŸ™‚

    • admin
      February 14, 2020

      Thank you, June

  • The Hinoeuma
    February 14, 2020

    Are you in the UK?

    • admin
      February 14, 2020

      Yes

  • charlypriest
    February 14, 2020

    Jesus….. It sounds like an inmate taking his last 50 feet walk from his cell to the gas chamber, even worst, you even made me feel in pain

    • admin
      February 14, 2020

      πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

  • Peter's pondering
    February 14, 2020

    Thanks for the smiles Trev. They wanted to do that to me so I told them where to stick it. They did!
    Hope it all proves to be nothing to be concerned about.

    • admin
      February 14, 2020

      Thank you, Peter.

  • rugby843
    February 14, 2020

    I’m with you, but I draw the line at dentists, they must be trained in torture. Where are advances in dentistry?🀯

    • admin
      February 14, 2020

      Yes, lol πŸ˜†

  • bitaboutbritain
    February 15, 2020

    I suspect a lot of people can relate to your empathetic description and bang-on tone. Wonderful- goodonyer SOS!

    • admin
      February 15, 2020

      Thank you, Mike. πŸ™‚

  • Brothers Campfire
    February 15, 2020

    I am praying for you friend!

    • admin
      February 15, 2020

      Thank you, but I hope all will be good.

  • Invisibly Me
    February 15, 2020

    My dad refuses to do the test. His fear of hospitals and hate for everything medical is core to his stubbornness, no matter how much I push him to do them he won’t. My mother does, and thankfully has never had any issue come back. Have you had the results from the colonoscopy yet..? My fingers are crossed all is a-okay.
    Think I’ve had three or four visits to Dr Pokey. I guess I have to count myself lucky that since they stole my large bowel my days of colonoscopies are over!
    xx

    • admin
      February 15, 2020

      Hi Caz, yes I’ve had my results and they were all clear, but because of their size, I have to go on the regular screening program. I can’t complain, although I have other issues I am able to live a normal life which I do appreciate. That fear your Dad has is a huge thing to get over. I think we all have it in some form or other, just that for some people it is unsurmountable.

    • susiesopinions
      February 17, 2020

      So glad that it was taken care of. Hugs coming to you.

      • admin
        February 17, 2020

        Thank you, Susie. 😊

  • allenrizzi
    February 16, 2020

    Pokey and Prod – Sounds like a Broadway comedy team!

    • admin
      February 16, 2020

      Lol, thank you, Allen, it does. πŸ™‚

  • Hope
    February 21, 2020

    Bravo! I’m very proud of you. πŸŽ† All I can tell you is my “GI” doctor is great and his team he uses for his procedures.πŸ˜‰ The worst part is the stuff you have to drink before the procedure. YECH! 😝

    • admin
      February 22, 2020

      Agree completely about the drink! Thank you again, Hope. πŸ€—

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