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Wasn't sure where to post this but since good health is one of "the finer things" I thought I'd put it here. No detailed description, no jokes or preaching. Just the facts. A colonoscopy can save your life. I'm 52 and I had the procedure done this morning. It's not a huge deal. If you are around my age or if you have colon cancer in your family history, get it done. If not for yourself then for your loved ones.
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In my early 40's now, had one last year due to the history in my family. It might be uncomfortable (actually the worst part if the cleaning) but it's well worth it.
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AACJ wrote:In my early 40's now, had one last year due to the history in my family. It might be uncomfortable (actually the worst part if the cleaning) but it's well worth it.
Jeez, health care really is in a mess if they make you clean your own scope afterward.
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DEF wrote:Jeez, health care really is in a mess if they make you clean your own scope afterward.
Good one, Doug!

As a first familial descendant of a colon cancer victim, I've already had two colonoscopies. I agree, the most unpleasant part is the day-before cleansing. Compared with my various orthopedic surgeries and related recovery protocols, a colonoscopy is a breeze.
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the day before pills annoy me. and so does their intended purpose :lol:
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Ive had two colonoscopies and I, watch my spelling, sigmoidoscopy. Yup, the cleansing the night before is bad. Tried the liquids the first time, the pills the second time. Gotta be a better way for that,
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I had one at 23 -- and it was not near as shocking as I had anticipated. Always better safe than sorry -- same with a prostrate exam, and an annual physical, for that matter. A few minutes out of the entire year to make sure you are healthy is well worth it.
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I had my first a couple of years ago (guess it is time again) the most annoying part for me was when the doc doing it came in and said "Hello Rich, nice to see you again." I have never gone by Rich and we had never met. I just looked at him and said "well doc we have never met but I guess you are about to get to know me in a way even my wife never has. "

I really don't want to have a conversation just prior to this procedure, maybe it's me? :shock:
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I've had one done and drinking that gallon of liquid the night before is worse than the procedure.
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Received this in an email yesterday, Sue ::

This is from newshound Dave Barry's colonoscopy journal:

I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy. A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis .. Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner. I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, quote, 'HE'S GOING TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR BEHIND!'

I left Andy's office with some written instructions, and a prescription for a product called 'MoviPrep,' which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven. I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of America 's enemies.

I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous. Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my preparation. In accordance with my instructions, I didn't eat any solid food that day; all I had was chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less flavor. Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two packets of powder together in a one-liter plastic jug, then you fill it with lukewarm water. (For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a liter is about 32 gallons.) Then you have to drink the whole jug. This takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes - and here I am being kind - like a mixture of goat spit and urinal cleanser, with just a hint of lemon.

The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great sense of humor, state that after you drink it, 'a loose, watery bowel movement may result.' This is kind of like saying that after you jump off your roof, you may experience contact with the ground.

MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don't want to be too graphic, here, but: Have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch? This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the commode had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined to the bathroom, spurting violently. You eliminate everything. And then, when you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink another liter of MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel into the future and start eliminating food that you have not even eaten yet.

After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep. The next morning my wife drove me to the clinic. I was very nervous. Not only was I worried about the procedure, but I had been experiencing occasional return bouts of MoviPrep spurtage. I was thinking, 'What if I spurt on Andy?' How do you apologize to a friend for something like that? Flowers would not be enough.

At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I understood and totally agreed with whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led me to a room full of other colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little curtained space and took off my clothes and put on one of those hospital garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind that, when you put it on, makes you feel even more naked than when you are actually naked.

Then a nurse named Eddie put a little needle in a vein in my left hand. Ordinarily I would have fainted, but Eddie was very good, and I was already lying down. Eddie also told me that some people put vodka in their MoviPrep. At first I was ticked off that I hadn't thought of this is, but then I pondered what would happen if you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the bathroom, so you were staggering around in full Fire Hose Mode. You would have no choice but to burn your house.

When everything was ready, Eddie wheeled me into the procedure room, where Andy was waiting with a nurse and an anesthesiologist. I did not see the 17,000-foot tube, but I knew Andy had it hidden around there somewhere. I was seriously nervous at this point. Andy had me roll over on my left side, and the anesthesiologist began hooking something up to the needle in my hand. There was music playing in the room, and I realized that the song was 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA. I remarked to Andy that, of all the songs that could be playing during this particular procedure, 'Dancing Queen' had to be the least appropriate.

'You want me to turn it up?' said Andy, from somewhere behind me. 'Ha ha,' I said. And then it was time, the moment I had been dreading for more than a decade. If you are squeamish, prepare yourself, because I am going to tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was like.

I have no idea. Really. I slept through it. One moment, ABBA was yelling 'Dancing Queen, feel the beat of the tambourine,' and the next moment, I was back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood. Andy was looking down at me and asking me how I felt. I felt excellent. I felt even more excellent when Andy told me that It was all over, and that my colon had passed with flying colors. I have never been prouder of an internal organ.

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If your over 40, or have a family history of colon cancer get it done. You can live with out a colon-- mine has been gone for 3 years now. I'll never get colon cancer now, don't have a colon. :)
The prep is the hard part, but the drugs they gave me during the colonoscopy make it worth it every time.


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Had one yesterday. I will be posting to my blog about it shortly....
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mantic wrote:Had one yesterday. I will be posting to my blog about it shortly....
What -- no video? :wink:
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jww wrote:What -- no video? :wink:
Actually there might be; there was a video monitor in the room. I didn't ask about video but they did give me some photos (not sure I want to post them though :shock: )
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A colonoscopy is nothing at all to fear. The prep is a bit unpleasant, but once you get to the clinic, it is smooth sailing. I got the same drug Michael Jackson got, but with better supervision. They could drive a Buick up there, and you wouldn't care. You go home, eat a BIG breakfast, and go to bed for a couple of hours. When you wake up, you don't even know you've had anything done. It's no fun, but nothing to dread. Don't put it off.
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Kyle76 wrote:A colonoscopy is nothing at all to fear. The prep is a bit unpleasant, but once you get to the clinic, it is smooth sailing....
Yep, essentially what my blog post will be about.
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I had one last week, and once you are done with the nuclear laxative the night before it's easy. The propofol is excellent!

As I was getting ready to get the anesthetic my blood pressure spiked- I have what's commonly known as "white coat syndrome". My GI asked me what was wrong. The anesthesiologist said "I don't think he likes the way you look Dr. Friedlander!". I looked at my GI and said "I would never say anything like that to a man who is about to stick six feet of tubing up my rectum!" Hilarity ensued, and I woke up half an hour later, refreshed and hungry.
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reggiano wrote:... and I woke up half an hour later, refreshed and hungry.
Lucky bastard. I can't say I woke up "refreshed" and "hungry."
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Kyle76 wrote:..............The prep is a bit unpleasant............
So is chemotherapy!

Get the colonsocopy. Please.
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I had one some time ago. I suppose it is time for another. They said that I wouldn't remember it, but I didn't believe them. But they were right.

On the other hand, some years before that I had a barium enema. I think there is a brotherhood of guys who have gone through that!
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