Friday, June 13, 2008

T-Minus 30 Minutes

By now I'm sure you are as tired of reading about my colonoscopy as I am living it. I just want to get it over and done with so I can eat and drink again. Plus get back to my yard sale :)

But this is the easy part.

In about 30 minutes I'm heading to Dr. J's surgical center. I'll put on a pair of paper shorts, keeping the rest of my clothes on. They'll take my vitals, hook me up to an IV, and then knock me out. About 15-30 minutes later they'll wake me up and when I'm coherent, the good doc will come in and tell me what he saw. He'll even give me a whole series of pictures from inside my colon.

If you want to know what happens while I'm take a little nap, here's how Mayo Clinic describes the procedure:

During the exam, a colonoscopy — a long, flexible tube about the thickness of an adult finger — is inserted into your rectum. A tiny video camera at its tip allows your doctor to view the inside of your colon.

In some cases during colonoscopy, if a polyp or abnormal tissue is found, your doctor may remove it at that time. Alternatively, a tissue sample (biopsy) of the polyp may be taken for lab analysis to determine whether subsequent surgical removal of the tissue is needed.

I'll catch you on the flip side.

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