Here’s the deal. I had a colonoscopy on Wednesday. At first, I decided that this news didn’t deserve to be commemorated on the blog, because, let’s face it, it’s not exactly a pleasant topic of conversation. On the morning of my prep day, though, I had a change of heart. One of my personal mantras is that there’s no such thing as TMI when it comes to knowing what to expect regarding your own health. There’s not much to be gained, in my opinion, from squeamishly and naively sticking your head in the sand regarding anything that’s unpleasant or unfamiliar. Instead, it makes so much more sense (to me) to get the lay of the land. How on earth can it hurt to have some information at your disposal regarding what a colonoscopy consists of, from a lay person’s perspective? So, I’m going to talk about it.
I’m not going to get into the medical-ese of it for two reasons. One, I’m not a health professional, so I’m in no place to get into any substantial detail about this stuff. Two, there are plenty of health professionals who you’ll encounter during your care who will be more than willing and able to give you medical-ese talk. I’m more interested in giving you the “real talk” side of things based on my own personal experiences.
Obviously, this is a rendition of my experiences, so it’s not a fail-safe “this will definitely happen to you!” account. Don’t take it as such. Instead, I hope you’ll consider reading the next however many posts it takes me to detail this process, and more importantly, I hope you’ll learn something along the way.
So, let’s get started. Colonoscopy 2014 coming at ya!