I have been avoiding this for at least the past 25 years, but finally (yesterday) a new doctor has called me on it! Once in awhile I’ve been suffering some digestion problems, or lack of, for several months now, so I wasn’t surprised at all when the new gastrointerologist I saw yesterday finally tackled me as I was trying to wiggle out of it one more time (or hoping to) and insisted it was time. Almost before I knew what was happening I was sitting in front of an assistant who had on a pair those lab outfits, the Wal-Mart Specials (that I like to wear as pajamas) and she was asking me if I preferred a 12:30 p.m. procedure in May or a 1:30 p.m. in June. Since I’m planning a trip to NYC soon, I decided It would be better to have the bad experience behind me so I wouldn’t have to think about it while I was away. So it’s done! My colonoscopy will be done at 12:30 p.m. May 17. Then she gave me a detailed list of instructions for when and what and how I’d need to prepare from 3:00 the afternoon before. How in tarnation can anyone my size possibly drink that much liquid in that small space of time???? Not only that (!) but nothing by mouth (not even water) from midnight onward.
(Lest you think I’m just being a big baby about all this, maybe I should tell you about the horrible experience I had about 40 years ago in a Pittsburgh hospital. While I was in for a series of tests that eventually showed nothing, Dr. Levick decided I needed a sigmoidoscopy. In those primitive times Doctors still performed some procedures themselves, so he had me brought to the lab and proceeded to do the whole thing himself without any sedatives at all. I had to lie on the table face down, on my knees, with my behind in the air. And he warned me not to move or it could hurt a lot worse. I thought I would die, in fact it would have been a pleasure compared to what was going on. Even the good doctor broke out in a sweat. I swore I’d never go through that kind of thing again!)
I know that a lot of people have had this procedure done (Hubby included) and afterwards declared, “nothing to it.” While I won’t quite swallow that, I did remember that a few years back Katie Couric decided to have a colonoscopy done live and broadcast on the Today Show. In that same vein, I will post–not the pictures, mind you–my fear and dread for all to see. If I can get through it anybody can! I have only 12 more days to worry about it! In the meantime, if you haven’t had yours yet, call your doctor. They love to torture people!