Thursday, October 4, 2012

I did not blog this morning ... but I might have saved my life

This morning,  about the time I am usually adding a new post to my blog, I was instead heading off to have a colonoscopy.

Huffington Post calls it ... "the funny test we love to hate." There is some really great humor (Dave Barry's account is hilarious) and there is a lot of fear that keeps people from having this important test done. 

This was my second one (oh the joys of turning 60) and I will tell you the truth . . . 

It simply is not a big deal.

The worst part for me is drinking the thickish liquid, but I plugged my nose and drank it really fast. 

I read a good book, while I spent some extra time in the loo. 

And the actual procedure ... you are comfortably asleep.

So ... please if you have been putting it off ... just go and get it done.

No screening means no early detection.

ps. I got a good report back.

21 comments:

  1. Glenda,
    Congratulations! Good health needs to be celebrated.
    And may I add, I'm in total agreement with you... this test is not a big deal.
    I clearly remember my test and learned an invaluable lesson:
    http://doseofdonna.com/blog1/2010/05/06/lessons-from-a-colonscopy/
    Thanks for encouraging others.
    -donna

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  2. Glad to read this Glenda and I applaud you for doing the right thing. It was recently mentioned to me by my doctor as something I should be considering. I am feeling more open minded after your post.. thank you!

    Jeanne xx

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  3. Thank you for this. I am terrified about having my first one next year, but with my history it is absolutely essential. I have already been thinking about it (for the past few years!), and am dreading it so much. This has really helped me. Thanks!

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  4. You have the ability to make this all sound not so horrible to go through. Well done you! Glad things went well.

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  5. I'm glad you got a good report :-). You asked about the chef...he survived. A fierce tooth ache had him in his dentists office when the towers were hit. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  6. With my history I've had various types of exams of that region of my person since I was 16. Many not so comfortable as a colonoscopy especially since I was awake for them...so, when I had to schedule my first colonoscopy and didn't understand that it wasn't all that bad I had weeks of nightmares...In the nightmare it was Seattle in the Spring and I was riding in the Freemont Solstice parade with the rest of the naked bike riders...only I didn't have a bike seat...ouch! You're right Glenda, it's not that bad.

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  7. Glad to hear of your good report, Glenda. BTW, I love my colonoscopies...sure beats the sigmoidoscopies I had decades ago. My father died of colon cancer so I'm one of those people who has to go in with regularity. Regularity. Hee, Hee :)

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  8. good reason to put off the blog! :)

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  9. Well, that was a bit different from your usual posts!! But well done for going through with it. I'm pretty certain we don't have that particular screening in the uk as standard - but I could very well be wrong!

    Sarahxx

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  10. Good for you, Glenda! I need to do the same...my Dr. keeps pushing me (nicely, I must add!) to schedule one.

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  11. I'm glad your test results were good. Now you can relax for several years before the next one. Thanks for visiting A COZY PLACE CALLED HOME. Hope you will come again.--------- Shannon

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  12. Great news, Glenda but I have to disagree...it's terrible! I hate them, it's a total invasion of my inmost privacy...no pun intended. -grin- I don't mind drinking that nasty stuff but I hate being on the table when the doc comes in and says, "Now, how are we?"
    Does he **really** want to know????
    I. think. not.

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  13. Good for you! You actually may have convinced me. At the least, you made me feel better about it.

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  14. My doctor gave it to me at age 50...she does it a little different, but it is as effective as the other type of test...yes, all these new needed test as we cross those age lines...yea for you!!

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  15. My husband had a colonoscopy last year and he said it was the worse pain imaginable. I told him until he gave birth, he could not talk to be about the worse pain imaginable!

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  16. Glenda, you have the most practical posts - love it! I put off having my first colonoscopy too long, as I dreaded it from everything I had heard. But it was not nearly as bad as I thought - I agree with you - and also got a good report when I had mine done a few months ago.

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  17. Yeah, I'm so glad you got a good report. Great post.

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  18. Yes, it is very important! Good for you, for making it a priority!

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  19. My mother-in-law died of colon cancer. It's important to get them. So thankful you had a good report. I'm always thankful ours have been good, too.

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  20. I just did this recently for the first time. I agree...it was not as bad as I had anticipated. I got clear results too!

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