Without too much TMI, I want to explain something that’s important to peoples’ health. I’m getting old(er) and the doctor insisted I had to have a colonoscopy. Colon polyps can be of several different kinds; some that never become cancerous, and some that have that potential. The cancerous ones take about 10 years to actually become cancerous. So, once a person gets old(er), they need to be checked out to see if they have polyps. Some people never have any, some do. You don’t know till you get tested.
So, I went to see a gastroenterologist that I had some expedience with, with the clients I used to work with before I retired. We made an appointment to have the test done. The test is done while you’re in a twilight sleep; out cold but still a light anesthesia that’s easy to wake up from.
The preparation for the test is where the TMI could come in. You need to clean your colon out so that the tube which is inserted to look around, uh, up there, gives the doc a clear field to be able to look for and remove any polyps he finds. If the colon isn’t cleaned out well enough, he could miss some polyps.
The cleaning out begins the day before with a liquid diet, and around supper time, you begin to use some products that remove matter from the colon. Different doctors recommend different products to do this, but all of them, well, resemble dynamite, later, when you’re in the bathroom for a while, reading a good book. OK, no more TMI. You got the picture.
Anyway, I had a number of polyps. Some were of the never cancerous variety, some were the ones with cancerous potential. After the test, the doc told me they all looked ok as his experience told him, but all would be biopsied. Then I waited about 10 days for the final word that none were cancerous. Now we will repeat the test in 3 years and remove any more that have occurred.
Why would I share this? Because it was a scare, and if your doctor has told you you should do this, you should. Colon cancer can be so lethal but can be avoided if you get tested, and treated if someone already has it. So, it is a worthwhile thing to do! Follow the doc’s instructions well and get the test, which is not a problem at all: go to sleep, wake up, go out for a well deserved breakfast, lol. No pain, no after effects at all. Then hear results that you didn’t have any, or wait for biopsy results that they were ok.
Really, don’t put it off if you’ve been advised it’s time to do it.