Saturday, February 27, 2010

the joys of getting older...

So I'm thinking I've had better Saturday night dinners. In fact, almost any Saturday night dinner would be better than what I'm having tonight: a cup of hot chicken broth, a glass of chilled Chardonnay and, for dessert, any kind of jello I want, so long as it's not red. I need to keep in mind that this is a feast compared to what I'm having for dinner tomorrow night: a gallon of chilled NuLytely, to which I'm welcome to add a flavor packet, if I so choose.

Yeah, it's time (again) for the dreaded colonoscopy, scheduled for bright and early Monday morning. The procedure itself is no big deal: they give you really good drugs. It's the prep that's awful. Last time I did this, 2 years ago this month, I scheduled the procedure for a Friday. That meant I was at work the two days of the clear liquid diet. This time, I scheduled the procedure for a Monday. What was I thinking? Working provided great distraction. Being at home for two days on a clear liquid diet, I just feel deprived (whine whine).

Here's the thing: a colonoscopy if recommended for everyone at age 50. I put off having one until I was 58, thinking this was yet another unpleasant, pointless, routine screening procedure.

Well, maybe not so pointless as I thought. There are polyps and there are polyps, some of which are less innocuous than others. The first colonoscopy revealed that I had some of those that are not so innocuous. They were removed, but they're classified as aggressive, which is why I'm having this procedure done again just two years later. I'm confident the results will be good, but if you're 50 and thinking of putting this off...don't. Schedule it now.

As for me, I'll savor the chicken broth tonight. Monday afternoon, I'm going out for Mexican food.

5 comments:

marigolds2 said...

Okay, it's Monday now and I am thinking of you and your procedure - hoping for gentleness, good drugs, and good outcomes. Maybe you'll let us know?

emmapeelDallas said...

The procedure is over and done with, hallelujah! I had twilight sleep this time rather than full anesthetic, and that was fine; absolutely no discomfort with the procedure. However, the aggressive things seem to have grown back; either that, or a more benign type. At any rate, he removed them and we'll decide when I get to do this again based on the results of the biopsy. I'm sure they're benign, but they're like those little growths we get on our skin as we age...some have to be removed because if they aren't, they go bad. I'm just grateful that I live in a time where, thanks to modern medicine, we have the ability to remove these things. I'm still telling all my friends not to put this procedure off for this reason. And thanks for asking, Mari..

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs said...

Hope things turn out well. Take care.

Jan said...

Glad you did it. Glad it's over.

Nga said...

:). have a nice day! wish u have a lot of interesting stories!D