Obviously the title should be a deterrent if the thought of anything colon related makes you shudder. You have been warned.
I recently had my second colonoscopy. It was a pain in the rear end, lol. It looks like I’ll be having a third. Turns out my colon is an overachiever in producing troublesome little polyps. Troublesome polyps that could someday be cancer.
I don’t always take everything health-related as seriously as I could. Somehow though the idea of having colon cancer or even worse, getting a colostomy, scares me to death. I had my first colonoscopy along with an upper GI endoscopy because of some vague but possibly troublesome symptoms which included rectal bleeding. So my gastroenterologist has taken pictures of the entirety of my digestive tract. I guess you could say she knows me inside and out!
I haven’t received the full pathology report for the most recent colonoscopy. I am keeping my fingers crossed. I also found out that I have diverticulosis which means I need to eat more fruits and veggies.
People(in the gastroenterology business) keep asking me if colon cancer runs in my family. I’m not sure that my dad ever had a colonoscopy before he died. My mom flat out refuses to have a colonoscopy, and I doubt that will change. Other kinds of cancer run in my family.
A colonoscopy is a pain in the rear, yes. But it isn’t as bad as everyone make it sound. Drinking all of the prep material to make sure you have cleaned out all of the poop out of your system is the worst part. The actual procedure is quick and painless. I suppose it is just the thought of someone visualizing your insides with a scope that makes people refuse the procedure.
I say go have your colonoscopy if you are of a certain age, or if your doctor recommends it. If I did it you can too!