Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Ron's Colonsocopy Appointment

Me at my doctor's office this morning filling out more medical history forms

This morning I had my pre colonoscopy appointment. 

I am scheduled for my colonoscopy next Wednesday morning. Oh joy.

My last colonoscopy was three years ago. At that time they found three large polyps that were precancerous.  My doctor removed those polyps and scheduled me for another colonoscopy in only three years.  Oh joy.

After checking my vitals this morning he gave me the go ahead for my last colonoscopy.  He told me "At your age (there we go with the "at your age" thing again" - same thing I heard when my urologist discovered my prostate cancer) this should be the last time you need a colonoscopy."  What? I'll probably die of something else as my urologist advised me when we discussed treatments for my prostate cancer.

The one thing I hate about getting a colonoscopy is the "prep".  I was assured by his assistant that the new prep "taste like cranberry juice."  I hope.  I know it cost me $110 and that was with a $57 discount.  I get my meds through the VA but I don't have time to navigate that bureaucracy to get my prep kit from them and besides if I did, I would probably get that prep that taste like lime flavored anti-freeze. Not that I would know what anti-freeze taste like. 

The good thing about getting a colonoscopy, in addition of course to detecting possible colon cancer in time, is getting "knocked out."  I imagine that anesthesia is what death is like.  Just a complete void that you don't even know you're going out.  So strange coming back from the dead.  But one day I will experience that final "anesthesia", that's for sure.  We all have that date with destiny.  

12 comments:

wcs said...

I don't know if it's appropriate to wish one a "happy colonoscopy," but just in case, there you are! ;)

"Tommy" said...

Ron

Hopefully later than sooner on the last paragraph, hope y'all hang around for a very long time...

Anonymous said...

Ron, I will be thinking of you during the ordeal, which it is, though better than it used to be. I refuse to be knocked out, whatever the pain. Roderick

JanF said...

May I ask how old you are? I also have to have a colonoscopy every 3 years because of the polyps. I am hoping the next could be the last. I am 74, will be 75 with the next one.

VRC-Do You! said...

You and Bill have a great weekend...Take a new route on your daily drive...XOXO

Ur-spo said...

For a curious conversation ask Patrick about Canada's approach to colon cancer/colonoscpy they do things so differently

Ron said...

Walt
Thanks! I'll be so relieved when this last one is over.
Ron

Ron said...

Tommy,
I'm doing everything I can do to prolong my stay here on earth.
Ron

Ron said...

VRC-Do You!,
I'm tempted to take Bill for a ride down to Ocean City, Maryland. Not during this season though. Maybe we'll go to the Laurel Flea Market. That's off our regular path.
Ron

Ron said...

Roderick,
Thanks for your good wishes. Being knocked out is the best part of this whole procedure. I look forward to it. Even if I don't come back, I've had a good run.
Ron

Ron said...

Dr. Spo
Pat had a colonoscopy a few years back. It was about the same as ours.
Ron

Ron said...

JanF,
I'm 77 years old. My doctor told me this would probably be my last colonoscopy. Definitely if he doesn't find anymore polyps.
Ron