Wednesday, July 31, 2013
What's Good About a Colonoscopy?
As a nurse, I know the importance of preventive care. Colon cancer is something that kills if left undetected. Although the prep is a bit unpleasant, the procedure isn't bad at all. Once the intravenous injection was administered, I was out and didn't remember a thing. Which is a good thing.
I've learned that in life there are some things I need to do that are unpleasant. A colonoscopy is one of those things. But in the midst of every experience, I can always find some good if I simply look for it.
I lost three pounds. Although I do not recommend this as a weight loss method, I was happy to see my scale finally budge in a good direction.
I met some very nice people. The nurses at the Endoscopy Center were wonderful. They asked me what I did and I told them about the children in our preschool. I mentioned that I was also a nurse and had worked for 25 years in cardiovascular nursing. Next thing I knew I had the Head Nurse of the Center beside my bed asking if I wanted a job. She told me to contact her if I decided to go back for my Refresher Course. Good to know!
My doctor was the best. I love going to female doctors, especially when dealing with a colonoscopy. She was so encouraging and kind. I even have photos of my colon that I don't care to share with you, if you don't mind. After all, enough is enough!
My husband was so good to me. Greg drove me to the Endoscopy Center and waited patiently for me. I hadn't eaten anything solid for two days. On the way home, he asked me what I wanted to eat when we got home. The only thing that appealed to me was grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup. I was still groggy from the medications so I fell asleep when we got home. Upon awakening, Greg presented me with soup and crackers on a tray. The second course was grilled cheese. He used ciabatta bread and grilled it perfectly. He used my favorite dishes and included a sprig of basil for the perfect presentation. What a guy!
So what are you waiting for? Many of you are still too young to worry about this. But if you're over 50, I encourage you to get your colonoscopy. Have you had one yet?
Blessings and love,