This should be the last post about hemmorhoids for the time being (I make no promises about the future, but I promise that I'll lay off for a while after this).
So, I had my appointment with the doctor today. First of all, you should know that when I am nervous I tend to either get angry or giddy. Today I was kind of giddy, especially after sitting around the waiting room for an hour reading Ladies Home Journal and Sunset. Then they sent me back to the little room and I had to take off most of my clothes and sit around half-naked for another half an hour. I actually didn't see the doctor first; he sent in the resident to interview me and take a quick look at my bottom. She reassured me "You'll really like Dr. W, he's very nice and not really like a doctor at all." Then he came in and I almost started laughing. You see, when I hear "proctologist", I think grandfather-type old guy with white hair. Dr. W was only a few years older than me, wears dark Elvis Costello glasses, and had on a bright pink tie. He reminded me, rather disturbingly, of our friend Sir Jupiter. So I kept trying hard not to giggle during the whole appointment, especially when he kept looking at me over his glasses and talking very seriously about "bowel movements" and "anoscopes". The whole experience was rather surreal.
So, after having three different people look at my butt today and shove various scary objects into it, they decided I do not need surgery at this point. This is good, because surgery is painful and takes a while to recover from. The doctor said he prefers to keep surgery as a final resort after other measures don't work so well. I feel a little ambivalent about this, because while I see the good in avoiding a difficult surgery at this time, I still have the problem. I could have another big flare-up like last weekend. I have an unfortunate combination of genetic predisposition, a tendency towards constipation, and two pregnancies working against me. But my new goals are to eat more fiber and take fiber supplements, keep getting regular exercise, and to drink more water. I promised my hip, young doctor that I will produce one soft bowel movement every day and that if I have more problems we will talk again later. I just hope he's not wearing that distracting pink tie next time.