Thursday, March 23, 2006


Hi folks, I am not only writing this story to let you know how I did with my Colonoscopy, but to NAG any of you who are putting off having one done for whatever reason.

I was at the hospital at 7:15 am and back home again at 10:30am taking a well needed nap.

The worst part of the whole procedure is the prep. After having clear liquids for the day before, you are then required, that evening, to gag, ummm, swallow a very salty tasting liquid to cleanse your system.

I found the secret to swallowing this liquid, is to drink it through a straw, with the end of the straw towards the back of your throat. This way you taste very little of the preparation, also have a glass of sweet juice on the side to drink after the Phospho- Soda solution.

Be prepared to get very little sleep the night you take the Phospho as you wiil spend most of the night on the toilet.

I had a wonderful nurse who managed to get my IV in the first time, started my drip and made me comfortable. I was then put on my gurney, and rolled into the procedure room, where another nurse gave me my drugs to put me to sleep.

I remember answering questions from a tech. about my Irish ancestry, then it seemed just two minutes later I am waking up, back in the room I started out in. There was no pain or discomfort at all, and best of all my Doctor gave me a clean bill of health.

The doctors news was the best I could hear. My father died from colon cancer, if he had gone in for the test, the cancer may have been caught in time and he would still be here with his family today.

PLEASE do not be Whimpy about doing the test, especially if there is a history of colon cancer in your family, Your life is precious.

1 comment:

The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Glad all is well! :)