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Colonoscopy



Next time I do this, which will probably be next year, I'll schedule it for the morning, thank you. Silly person here thought I could avoid a day off of work, but I took it off anyway.

I don't fast well, and since I couldn't drink for at least four hours prior to the procedure (I actually stopped much earlier), it was not fun. I was, however, complimented about the cleanliness of my colon.

I did have one moment of worry - I'm in the middle of my period and there was some question about that, but it turned out not to be a problem.

The results were, um. They found ten polyps, nine of which they removed. This tells me that I did the right thing in going in - right thing *big time*. I was told to start taking Caltrate twice a day - apparently that decreases the likelihood of getting polyps by 25%, and to eat more roughage. I hate salad. Ah, well. I'll start nibbling on carrots and celery. (I also have to avoid aspirin and ibuprofen for two weeks to prevent bleeding. Tylenol is fine.)

The one they didn't remove? 2 centimeters long. They biopsied it instead, but he believes it's benign. It's just that with one that big, he prefers removing it in a hospital rather than a clinic - plus he thinks I can wait as long as year. Since I do produce polyps, it seems likely this is going to be a yearly event (sigh), I'll ask if we can combine that with the next check up. I don't want to go through this thing twice in one year unless it's necessary. And we don't want it to be necessary.

I have told neither mother about the extra-large one. If I can avoid giving either of them worry, I will. I see the doctor again in three weeks (he comes on Mondays and Saturdays, and two Mondays from now is Memorial Day. So, the following one) and we'll discuss things.

It took a while to recover - the gas made eating and drinking uncomfortable for a while. I even stopped being hungry.

The procedure itself? I slept. I even dreamed. No problems at all. (Jonathan tells me he took a little nap as well when he waited for me.)

Comments

Oh my.

I hope all is well from here on out.

The doctor seemed very sure it was benign. It was just, you know. Large.

Yeah, we're a tad worried, but mostly I believe the doctor.

Eep!

Benign would be good. Yes, please.

Yes, it would. And I'm pretty darn sure it is - he didn't seem worried in the slightest.

Eeep, scary stuff! I hope the biopsy shows no problems.

Thank you!

I'm not worried. It's just something that he needed to do.

Ack! I hope the biopsy comes back fine.

I'm sure it will. Thank you.

I'll daven that everything is fine. Ouch on this possibly being a yearly event. May the poyp be benign.

Amen. Thank you very much. (Devorah Faige bat Basya Rachel)

Good thing you went in when you did. If it's any comfort, you've reminded me that I'm overdue. AFTER the con/wedding, however.

Sending all good wishes to your remaining polyp :)

Yes, afterwards - but do it.

And that reminds me that I need to get an outfit (I'm figuring double duty - your wedding and my mom's.)

Thank you.

Best wishes for a clean biopsy.

Thank you.

Here's hoping for a benign polyp--which it sounds like you have.

Also, allow me to join in on complimenting you on the cleanliness of your colon!

Thank you - I think so too.

And thank you for that! Something in my life should be clean. :)

Good for you for taking care of your health. I'm sure it wasn't the most pleasant experience you've ever had, but you went and did it anyway. And yay for being unconcious!

I have family history, so I knew it was time. I'd far rather get polyps removed than, you know.

There are lots of other fibers besides salad! And I offer additional good vibes for a benign result of the biopsy.

Oh, I know. Need to get more fiber-rich breakfast cereals - I already eat whole grains and fruits.

Oof. Sounds unfun, but also sounds like it could be a lot worse.

Yeah - it wasn't awful at all.

Hope Polyp #10 (sounds like a magazine issue) turns out to be benign!!

Thank you!

Just wanted to add my wish that the large one ends up benign!

Thank you!

I'm glad it's over. *crosses fingers for next time and good biopsy results*

Thank you!

Thank you!