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Old 06-23-2010, 03:11 PM   #15
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my MIL was diagnosed with crohn's disease in her early 40's (she is now 67) She has had colonoscopies EVERY year since her diagnosis. She claims that anyone is whines about it, is a big crybaby!! She has had good ones and bad ones and everything in between.

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Old 06-23-2010, 04:39 PM   #16
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There next step is to take about 14 x-rays, only in my situation the x-ray machine in the room I was in was not working. The nursed asked, "Can you walk to the next x-ray room, this machine is not working."
I have spent the last 30 years plus doing field service of x-ray machines. So you can imagine what a great mood everyone is in by the time I show up!

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Old 06-23-2010, 11:47 PM   #17
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Hi everyone,
It's finally done and over with and thankfully, everything is A-OK. The pictures look clear and terrific - the Dr. made a comment (to the DW while I was still in la-la-land) that I did a good job doing the prep and drinking that nasty gallon of stuff. Sorry Vegasdan, no sharing of these pics.
The only negative aspect of the procedure was waiting, laying down on the gurney for almost two hours. Fortunately, two of the attending nurses used to work with DW so I have at least someone to talk to.
Found out after my procedure that the patient before me had some cancerous polyps (or something) that the Dr has to take out. I guess, the wait was worth it - I hope that the other person will be OK.

Mfire1339-I'll keep that in mind for the next one in 10 years.

Thanks everyone for the encouragement and sharing. Now I'm, borrowing a line from a song I can't even remember the title "back on the saddle again!!"
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:39 PM   #18
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Rom, the following was sent to me the evening before my procedure.

I laughed so hard the medications were of no significance.

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Old 07-21-2010, 09:17 PM   #19
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I had one about 5 years ago and the ''worstest'' part was the preparation for the procedure. I got so hungry for something to 'chew on'' I started eating ice cubes. The really scary part is when the doctor tells you that if you dont do the ''prep'' right, you get to do it all over again cause they cant see nothin in there. I was first in line that morning and they gave me a ''silly pill'' but I wanted to watch the procedure. I watched my Heart Cath and found it very interesting so I figured I would watch this also. They rolled me in the ''lab'' and I informed the doctor that ''all the mineral rights were sold to the Brandmear coal consortium'' so if he found anything valuable he could not keep it. He laughed and that is the last thing I remember till I woke up.

FYI. They put about five gallons of air in your pipes and take out a little over half of it at the end of the procedure. The other half you get to ''blow out'' on your own. I found that with proper aim, I could slam the door on the exam room and I could whistle ... America the beautiful....... and not move my ''lips''...
They said I was the ''Perfect Ace'' with no problems....
The worst part is the ''Prep''..... The rest aint nothin......
Best of luck brother......... hope you are a ''Perfect Ace'' also ....
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Old 07-22-2010, 05:32 AM   #20
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i had my very 1st one a few months back, one pulp, gees I was behaving so good they gave me pictures of, well you know, I get to go back in 5 years, this time I am setting the bathroom a few days ahead, a TV, radio, reading lamp and lots more TP, the softer ones.
Drinking a gallon of that stuff was the worst however the next day was not to bad as I was sort of out of it, my doc was asking me the hot spots on our lake we live on for fishing, not knowing if I "really " did tell him. as he said I did give him alot of info.
all in all it wasn't that bad,,,, as long as the bathroom is MT.
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Whatever you do, don't look at the instrument before the procedure. It is a killer. It is a small scale model of the Hubble telescope. It is black and was hanging on the wall for my first one. Be sure to remind them to rinse it off between uses. If you really want to surprise them, write something funny on your cheeks. A W on each one would be nice. If you ever get treatment and surgery for prostate cancer, this procedure is nothing.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:17 PM   #22
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I just told my doctor today to schedule one. And I told him I don't mind the procedure, I just hate the prep.

I told him about a boss I once had who was an admitted hypochondriac. He once convinced himself he had the symptoms of colon cancer and underwent a colonoscopy. After that, he said if he got colon cancer, he was just going to have to die from it, because all that prep would be enough to kill him, anyway.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:41 PM   #23
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I have several thoughts on this subject.

1. Colon cancer is one of the few cancers that has a high treatment success ratio if the cancer is diagnosed early, so going thru all the discomfort of a colonoscopy is an investment in your own health, especially if anyone in your family has had colon problems in the past.
2. Had my father had a colonoscopy 15 years ago he would lived at least 5-10 years longer, and I plan to say on a strict 5 year schedule as a preventative measure.
3. If you ask your Dr. there are other cleansing methods other than drinking an entire gallon of liquid, and work just as well, for routine colonoscopies.
4. And while is fun to joke about the Dr.'s and the procedure, having to have a colostomy isn't a joke at all.
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Saved my life

2 years ago I would have died had it not been for the 3 colonoscopies I had previously.

I was working in my vegetable garden, got the urge and saw I was bleeding. Called and got an appointment thinking I would get a colonoscopy in a week or two. Doctor would not let me drive to the ER from his office the next day. Turns out I had a ruptured artery in my colon that was going to let go any minute. Point being, if I had not had the colonoscopies earlier I would not have so willing to call for the appointment and could have bled out in a matter of minutes.

It's no big deal to get it. Lethal if you don't.

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