I had my colonoscopy last year with Dr Shonde and was incredibly traumatised by the whole thing. First of all, I didn't feel like he listened to me at all on the previous consultations and was quite standoffish and not easy to talk to. It was like he wanted rid of me quick and wasn't willing to give me time to discuss things properly. On the day of the colonoscopy I was a bit nervous about the procedure but pretty much everyone I asked said the prep was the worst part, so I was a little more relaxed about it on arrival to the hospital. I was given 2mg of sedation and 25mg Pethidine, neither of which made any difference to me at all. I was told I wouldn't remember the procedure, but I tell you now I will never EVER forget it. I'm getting emotional just typing this. That 20 minutes that the scope was inside me was the most horrific pain of my entire life. It felt like I was being tortured. On a scale of 1-10 it was a 20. I was screaming in pain, both from the scope and the seemingly gallons of air they were pumping inside me. It felt like they were trying to burst my intestine. I was absolutely drenched in sweat. At one point I thought he was pulling the scope out but then he drove it back in without warning. I kept screaming at Dr Shonde to stop but he wouldn't- in fact he was pretty much silent throughout the whole thing and it was only the nurse/assistant next to me who's hand I was gripping that tried to talk to me and calm me down. When the colonoscopy was finally over Dr Shonde moved to the other side of the room with his back to me. The assistants started to wheel me out and I actually said 'Thank you' to Dr Shonde, even though he had put me through hell I thought that maybe my bowel was extra sensitive and I should still thank him for doing the procedure. He completely ignored me. I went into recovery for 20 minutes, the entire time not able to move even slightly with severe bloating and pain. They asked me to get up and walk to the changing area which took an incredible amount of effort as I felt I couldn't bend or move in any way. As soon as I got to the changing area I realised I had to go to the loo and try to get some of this gas out. I sat down on the toilet and expelled some pretty big wind, then immediately came over severely nauseous, dizzy and having cold sweats. I ended up lying on the floor crying my eyes out in pain. When I finally managed to get back to the changing area it took a lot of time for me to get dressed, then I sat with a cuppa and a biscuit, in a state of shock. As soon as I saw my husband I burst into tears. On the way home after passing much more wind, I started to feel a bit better. I ate a little, but halfway through my meal the pain started again and I was back on the bathroom floor, literally writhing in pain, shaking from head to toe. After an hour of this and it only getting worse, my sister called 111 who sent an ambulance. By the time it arrived the pain had lessened considerably, although I hadn't passed wind in that time so god knows what that pain was. I was terrified there was damage to my colon or worse. The next morning I felt like I'd been beaten up inside. All my belly was aching, with some sharp pains here and there. If I breathed in too deeply it hurt. I had to turn over in bed in stages as I couldn't just roll over. It basically felt like I'd done an extreme workout or a lot of sit ups. Never again am I allowing that to happen to me. By the way, they found nothing wrong with my colon. I would never in a million years go back to Dr Shonde. When my results came back negative for any bowel disease he suggested I have a SEHCat test and capsule pill camera as further testing. I agreed to this but then received a letter out of the blue which basically said Imodium was my solution going forward and that he wasn't willing to take my treatment any further. I wrote a reply asking him to reconsider but heard nothing. Absolutely horrible, horrible man.
My daughter underwent a endoscopy and colonoscopy, her stomach issues where never resolved under this Dr.'s care. My daughter woke up remembering the whole event, she was traumatised. We have recently seen another consultant in the same field, who upon looking at my daughter's notes told us that during this procedure Dr Shode did not use enough sedation on my daughter, he said that it was no wonder that she was so traumatised and could remember the whole event. We were reassured by Dr Shonde that she would be heavily sedated and wouldn't be in any distress or pain - when you send your young daughter for a procedure of this nature you never imagine that someone could act in this way. As a Mother I am totally disgusted and frankly upset to hear that this sort of negligence is allowed to happen. I would like to encourage anyone reading this to see another Dr and do you research. I am writing this in the hope that no-one has to have the experience that my daughter had for I will never place my trust and my daughters wellbeing in his hands.
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