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About a month ago, I was going to my regular physician.  She was thinking she was so cute sitting on that rollaround stool in front of me with her elbows on her crossed legs and holding up the clipboard with my file on it.  Tipping the pen towards her cheek, she mentions: “So, you are about to turn 50?” (like she didn’t already know! lol....

I told her, “Don’t remind me.  I get enough reminders from my daughter who is constantly telling me how old I am.” lol...

Anyhow, she proceeds to tell me that I need to have a colonscopy done this year since I am turning 50.  It’s necessary to rule out colon cancer, a pervasive, devastating disease that affects so many folks before they are aware of it.  Colonscopies are tools to help prevent colon cancer.  At any rate, I set up a consultation appointment on April 1st, and now the day is approaching to THE day.  Unfortunately, it has turned out to be THE week because of all these steps one has to do to prepare the body.  Ughghgh.  

I am sooo going to enjoy this all better once it is all over and done with; and, hopefully, it will not deter the celebration of my birthday (that was Monday the 13th) on Saturday the 18th.  All that may happen in time for my birthday celebration is that I am going to be very, very, very clean within. lmao....  

My daughter, if she were to read this blog, would tell me that I am being too bold and forthright about my personal stuff; however, if one doesn’t write about it, how do others know that they too might be in for this wonderful event when they too turn 50??? :)

Consider this, therefore, to be a PSA for Colonoscopy awareness when you may be turning 50! lol... :)

I am having friends take me and pick me up since it is an outpatient type of event.  It SHOULD be in-ter-est-ing to say the least.  After spending all day Thursday with the final preparations, I am going to be soooo glad to have the whole event behind me for another 5-10 years when it is finally done on Friday morning. :D



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      Daphne wrote Apr 16, 2009
    • Kathryn,

      Several years ago my father was lamenting about the exact same thing you are lamenting about today.  He complained and postponed for months.  I kept telling him, “JUST GET IT DONE!”  He finally did and, when it was over, he told me that he’d been ridiculous.  The procedure paled compared to having to drink the stuff the day before.  So, if you‘re dreading the procedure, take heart...i have been told by MANY that it’s just not a big deal at all (and you likely won’t even remember it)...i think the IDEA of what’s going to happen is far worse than the actual event.

      Good for you for being proactive about your health!  It’s an excellent example you set for your children not to mention the benefits for you!



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      Smiley1962 wrote Apr 16, 2009
    • Kathryn, I am only 46 and have had 2 colonscopy already.  The worst part is the preparation, but even that is not too bad.  Just think of the cleansing that you will be getting and the weight you will lose.  Always have to look at the bright side of things.  Good Luck and I hope you get good news.   I did not remember either time when I had the procedure done, and felt fine afterwards.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Apr 16, 2009
    • I had my first one this year at 48 and I’m very glad I did. There’s a history of colon cancer in my family and I did it for the peace of mind. It was not a bad experience at all. Just the prep was uncomfortable with all the stuff I had to drink and the cramping in my stomach but that was only a day. The actual procedure was a breeze and the nurses took very good care of me.  

      Good news was my doctor said I can go about 7 or 8 years now before I need to have another one.



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      Smiley1962 wrote Apr 16, 2009
    • That is great news for you.   Unfortunately I have to go every 2 years because I have had polyps removed both times.  But better to be safe than sorry I always say.



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      Angelcart wrote Apr 16, 2009
    • My mother passed away when she was 44 from colon cancer.  Since that, I’ve been real conscious about that.  I had my first colonoscopy at 40.  The worst part is drinking the solution they give you to clean yourself out. There’s no pain after the procedure and it’s great to hear from the Dr. “Everythings fine“.   It will be a breeze.



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      Smiley1962 wrote Apr 16, 2009
    • Glad to hear that everything went well for you angelcart.  Sorry to hear about your mother.



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      Tamra wrote Apr 16, 2009
    • Been there, done that.  It wasn’t bad at all.  And nice to have the peace of mind afterwards.



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      Kathryn Krastin wrote Apr 18, 2009
    • Ahhh...thank you all for your supportive comments. You are right, the preparation for it was most painful and wasn’t any more than, truly, a bad bout of diarrhea in the cleansing part.

      It was good to get it done.  Everyone should.  As mentioned in some of the comments, the importance is a need to get on top of things.  They did the procedure while I was sleeping to the sedation and I never felt a thing.

      Afterwards, I got a clean bill of health and told I can hold off for another one for another 10 years.  Yippee.... :)

      It is always nice to be in the know about the size of the health of your body.  

      If you are due for one, I honestly recommending to move ahead and do it without hesitation.



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