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#409479 - 09/08/12 06:20 AM Colonoscopy Experience
Jim1961 Offline

Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 1200
Loc: Pa, but likely traveling...
I had my first colonoscopy yesterday, and wanted to share my experience as it is a potentially life-saving procedure for us "older guys" 50+.

I had my reservations. I put it off for a year (my dr told me to get it scheduled last summer when I turned 50). I have a friend from another forum who is a stage 3 rectal cancer survivor. His experience was enough to convince me to not put it off.

They gave me a warm blanket. And once in the procedure room the doctor talked to me, and the two nurses made me very comfortable. They were very nice. The one nurse said okay, I'm going to give you the sedative now (via the IV). I saw her inject it and wondered why I did not feel anything....

... and then I blinked my eyes and.... I was in a different room with my wife next to me. It was 30 minutes later... I felt FINE. No pain or discomfort during (huh? did they really do it?) or after. My wife said they removed a few small polyps but they are likely benign, and will get the results in five days to be sure and then talk about when to schedule the next one.

I felt tired the rest of the day (effects of the sedation) and had a restful day off work (been a LONG time for that).

By far the worse part was drinking the laxative the evening before....

Loneliness is a power that we possess to give or take away forever. -Yes, Starship Trooper

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#409496 - 09/08/12 10:42 AM Re: Colonoscopy Experience [Re: Jim1961]
traveler Offline

Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 4101
Loc: resettling in NE Ohio
thanks, Jimmy - you may have saved someone's life by sharing that.

i had one a couple years ago. the worst part for me was the anticipation. lots of anxiety - all unfounded as far as the procedure went. just lots of stuff in my head. i can do that again now that i have been through it and know.

"My experience has shown me that I all too often tend to deny that which lies behind, but as I still believe, that which is denied cannot be healed." Brennan Manning, "All is Grace - A Ragamuffin Memoir"

#409544 - 09/08/12 08:37 PM Re: Colonoscopy Experience [Re: Jim1961]
Country Offline

Registered: 02/29/12
Posts: 654
Loc: Alabama
Thanks for sharing this info
Ephesians 6:13

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her


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