By all means, have that colonoscopy ... now!

By AuntieM234 Latest Reply 2011-06-09 06:08:29 -0500
Started 2011-06-08 06:35:05 -0500

This was inspierd by a Discussion Topic posted by 10fluffy35, entitled
"Colonoscopy with diabetes". It began as a response to that topic; however, since I'm so passionate about the subject, I got rather long-winded. Instead of editing it down, I decided it would be more theraputic for me, and interesting to others, to let it stand on its own.

My health care plan administration keeps track of what procedures I need and notifies me when to have them. I follow their instructions completely. There has never been a second's doubt on my part as to whether or not to have a colonoscopy.

You see, I've lost five siblings to cancer, including one to colon cancer. He was the first of the five to die, in 1980. At 32 years old, he was the baby of the family. (The other four succumbed to cancer in 1995, 2003, 2008, and 2009, so you can see why the passion is still close to the surface.).

My Brother's oncology surgeon cautioned the rest of us we should all have a colonoscopy every five years. The fact is, NOT having a colonoscopy could end up costing you your life. That may sound a bit dramatic to you, but its the truth. My Dr says no one should die from colon cancer these days. However, if you don't get tested, and there are polyps in your colon, the liklihood is the polyps will develop into colon cancer.

I've had three colonoscopies. Pre-cancerous polyps were found and removed during the first two, but the third one was clean. The procedures were all done as an outpatient, and I had to take a driver with me to drive me home; otherwise, they wouldn't do the procedure. When I underwent the first procedure, I had not, yet, been diagnosed with diabetes. During the other two procedures, they were fully aware that I am a diabetic, and acted accordingly. (One person did a fine job of detailing that in a reply to the Discussion Topic first written above, so I won't repeat it here.) One of the types of gunk I had to drink the night before (a whole gallon of it) was really gross, but not so bad when you consider the possible alternative.

There's no reason to be afraid of having the procedure, as there isn't any discomfort involved. An anestheologist is on duty and puts you under. The last thing I knew was the Dr (a gastroenterologist) asking me to turn on my left side; then, the nurse was telling me it was time to wake up.

Under no circumstances should you put off having the colonoscopy, 10fluffy35. I strongly urge you to do it! As they say, "The life you save may be your own!"
;-) Respectfully submitted, Mara

6 replies

jayabee52 2011-06-08 09:41:58 -0500 Report

I have had a colonoscopy back in 2007 and the worst part of it was the bowel prep. But the colonoscopy was not painful at all. I have another potentially scheduled with my GI Dr and while I am not eager to undergo it, I will do it if the GI Doc deems it appropriate.

Mara, If I remember correctly your health care plan us K-P, correct?

AuntieM234 2011-06-09 05:27:45 -0500 Report

Yes, jayabee, my health care plan is K-P. I didn't remember sharing that here, but I am extremely pleased with K-P. In fact, there isn't anything I dislike about the organization. I don't see my Dr very often, but we communicate regularly via email. He says I have to go in to see him at least once a year. I guess its a requirement of Medicare. I'm not big on visiting the Dr unless I think I need to, though. If I feel like I need to see him, I just go online and make an appointment. Otherwise, he has standing orders for my labs—I'm supposed to have them done once each quarter. I could go on and on with the praise, but I won't … You get the picture.

jayabee52 2011-06-09 05:39:26 -0500 Report

I, unfortunately have had to move away from K-P's area. I was introduced to KP by my bride, Jem who had was a heart patient with them for 20 yrs. She had a lot of other "medical challenges" also. I must say that it was a hard thing to move and give up the care that they gave me. Top shelf!

So you don't have to go on and on about them as you'd be "preachin to the choir". I have never been treated so well, medically speaking as they had treated me. They have kinda spoiled me for other medical providers.

AuntieM234 2011-06-09 05:57:52 -0500 Report

I'm really sorry about Jem. Believe me, though, when I tell you I understand. My Daughters' father and I divorced in 1973. In September 1976, I met the love of my life, and we married on November 14 that same year. It was glorious! He was a Deacon of his Church and I joined the choir right away. There was standing room only in the Church when we got married. Five and one-half months later (04/29/77), there was standing room only (in the same church) for his funeral. Mara

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