Thursday, March 14, 2019
Housewife Life: Colonoscopies
People give them a bad wrap. And I know. The thought of taking so many laxatives does not seem pleasant...and it really isn't. But in the grand scheme of things...it could be worse.
I send Chris away during the most unpleasant part of the prep. Then the next morning, I get a nice, drug-induced nap and a meal of my choice...probably Cracker Barrel this year.
Why do I have regular colonoscopies? My grandfather died of colon cancer in his mid-fifties. My dad was diagnosed (and survived) at age 43. Dad's oncologist recommended that I start getting colonoscopies at age 28, so I did and now I am on a regular schedule.
At age 28-clean colonoscopy...please return in 3 years.
At age 31-precancerous polyp...please return in 2 years.
At age 33-clean colonoscopy...please return in 3 years.
At age 36-4th colonoscopy pending.
The day before your colonoscopy, you are on a very light liquid diet. Yellow Jell-O. Yellow Gatorade. 2 cups of chicken or beef broth. 1 cup of black coffee. All the water you can stomach. But to be honest, once you start the prep...your appetite goes away.
I usually clean my bathroom really well, pick a book and a movie and settle in for a lot of bathroom runs. Oh and soft toilet paper is a necessity!
Chris usually comes home around 8 or 9, when the action has calmed down. I don't have to worry about anyone or anything else and its really the only way to get through the prep.
Have you had a colonoscopy? Are you putting it off? Send me a message if you need more information or support. Please...if your doctor has said you need one, just go for it!