Thursday, April 8, 2010

Colonoscopy: wanna talk?

I'm 52.

I had a colonoscopy yesterday, just to make sure everything's okay. The day-before purging wasn't so much fun, but the actual event wasn't bad at all. Great drugs, at least. And pretty nurses (who winked at me afterward and handed me phone numbers crumpled up on scraps of paper).

One thing that amazed me about the entire thing was how many people I know who also have had the procedure. They came to me in droves, sharing all kinds of amazing stories about loopiness and toilet seats and polyps. (The more you say that word, the cooler it sounds.) It's almost like a cult! There are the Colonoscopers and the ... others.

My group is fascinating! The others? Well, they're just kind of b-o-r-i-n-g.

Any other Colonoscopers out there?


Kay said...

My old man is still complaining about having to pay "to get buggered."

On the other hand, the procedure saves lives.

Jim Melvin said...

Buggered is one of those infamously great words.

It does save lives, though. Just like getting your skin checked each year at the dermatologist.

JM said...

I'm not part of the cool club, but I'm semi-cool in that I have had an endoscopy (down the throat). Again, pretty good drugs but a lot of belching on my part while the tube was in.

Jim Melvin said...

Man, you were awake enough during that to belch?

Kappa no He said...

I'm living in some third world country. I had an endoscopy with no meds whatsoever. Wide awake. Here, try to swallow this, *SHOVE*, oops. Ow, went into your lung...repeat ten times.

Jim Melvin said...

Man, I couldn't imagine that. I did have a colonoscopy about 30 years ago with no meds, but that's nothing compared with a tube down your throat. Gawd.

Kappa no He said...

IDK, tubes anywhere ... anesthesia, please!

Jim Melvin said...

Still, I'd take tubes from behind without drugs over tubes down the throat. Gawd!


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