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    Colonoscopy Journal

    Brother Dave wrote this....I about fell out of the chair from laughing........it's all so true

    Enjoy


    Colonoscopy Journal:

    I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy.

    A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis .
    Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner.

    I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, 'HE'S GOING TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR BEHIND!'

    I left Andy's office with some written instructions, and a prescription for a product called 'MoviPrep,' which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven. I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of America 's enemies..

    I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous.

    Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my preparation. In accordance with my instructions, I didn't eat any solid food that day; all I had was chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less flavor.

    Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two packets of powder together in a one-liter plastic jug, then you fill it with lukewarm water. (For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a liter is about 32 gallons). Then you have to drink the whole jug. This takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes - and here I am being kind - like a mixture of goat spit and urinal cleanser, with just a hint of lemon.

    The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great sense of humor, state that after you drink it, 'a loose, watery bowel movement may result.'

    This is kind of like saying that after you jump off your roof, you may experience contact with the ground.

    MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don't want to be too graphic, here, but, have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch? This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the commode had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined to the bathroom, spurting violently. You eliminate everything. And then, when you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink another liter of MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel into the future and start eliminating food that you have not even eaten yet.

    After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep.

    The next morning my wife drove me to the clinic. I was very nervous. Not only was I worried about the procedure, but I had been experiencing occasional return bouts of MoviPrep spurtage. I was thinking, 'What if I spurt on Andy?' How do you apologize to a friend for something like that? Flowers would not be enough.

    At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I understood and totally agreed with whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led me to a room full of other colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little curtained space and took off my clothes and put on one of those hospital garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind that, when you put it on, makes you feel even more naked than when you are actually naked..

    Then a nurse named Eddie put a little needle in a vein in my left hand. Ordinarily I would have fainted, but Eddie was very good, and I was already lying down. Eddie also told me that some people put vodka in their MoviPrep..
    At first I was ticked off that I hadn't thought of this, but then I pondered what would happen if you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the bathroom, so you were staggering around in full Fire Hose Mode. You would have no choice but to burn your house.

    When everything was ready, Eddie wheeled me into the procedure room, where Andy was waiting with a nurse and an anesthesiologist. I did not see the 17,000-foot tube, but I knew Andy had it hidden around there somewhere. I was seriously nervous at this point.

    Andy had me roll over on my left side, and the anesthesiologist began hooking something up to the needle in my hand.

    There was music playing in the room, and I realized that the song was 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA. I remarked to Andy that, of all the songs that could be playing during this particular procedure, 'Dancing Queen' had to be the least appropriate.

    'You want me to turn it up?' said Andy, from somewhere behind me.

    'Ha ha,' I said. And then it was time, the moment I had been dreading for more than a decade. If you are squeamish, prepare yourself, because I am going to tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was like.

    I have no idea. Really. I slept through it. One moment, ABBA was yelling 'Dancing Queen, feel the beat of the tambourine,' and the next moment, I was back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood.

    Andy was looking down at me and asking me how I felt. I felt excellent. I felt even more excellent when Andy told me that It was all over, and that my colon had passed with flying colors. I have never been prouder of an internal organ.


    On the subject of Colonoscopies...
    Colonoscopies are no joke, but these comments during the exam were quite humorous..... A physician claimed that the following are actual comments made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies:
    1. Take it easy Doc. YouÔÇÖre boldly going where no man has gone before.

    2. 'Find Amelia Earhart yet?'

    3. 'Can you hear me NOW?'

    4. 'Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?'

    5. 'You know, in Arkansas , we're now legally married.'

    6. 'Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?'

    7. 'You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out...'

    8. 'Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!'

    9. 'If your hand doesn't fit, you must quit!'

    10. 'Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity.'

    11. 'You used to be an executive at Enron, didn't you?'

    12. 'God, now I know why I am not gay.'

    And the best one of all:
    13. 'Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?'
    "Money can't buy you happiness .. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery. -- Spike Milligan

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    "Money can't buy you happiness .. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery. -- Spike Milligan

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    That falls into the sad butt true category.
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    re # 13 -

    My doc told me sorry, no notes: just because he didn't find it doesn't mean it isn't there...

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    On the serious side.... While it's not the most enjoyable thing to have done, don't put it off.
    My sister died from colon cancer on August 10th, 2010. She was only 54.

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    Colonoscopy Journal

    My wife had one at 48 when she just didn't feel right. They did find something, removed 8 inches of her colon and is cancer-free. Because she had the "scope" so early she essentially saved her own life. Not just for men. After this I finally got one myself after procrastinating for years.

    Brother Dave was Spot-On. Especially about the splatter-down. Very funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankNitti View Post
    Brother Dave wrote this....I about fell out of the chair from laughing........it's all so true

    Enjoy

    And the best one of all:
    13. 'Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?'
    I laughed so hard I shed tears.
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    Colonoscopy thread

    I doubt that "Camp Gears" can save any organization that has a Colonoscopy thread.............

    "Yee Haw. that was fun. Can you spare few paper towels for that quart of lube you left up in there or should I just walk out of here oozing KY jelly down my leg....?."
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    I doubt that "Camp Gears" can save any organization that has a Colonoscopy thread.............

    "Yee Haw. that was fun. Can you spare few paper towels for that quart of lube you left up in there or should I just walk out of here oozing KY jelly down my leg....?."
    Funny? I don't think so. You've obviously never had a colonoscopy.

    From: http://fightcolorectalcancer.org/ima...ost-of-CRC.pdf

    What We Know About Prevention of Colorectal Cancer:
     Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death.
     Estimated new cases and deaths from colon and rectal cancer in the United States in 2012:
     New cases: 103,170 (colon); 40,290 (rectal) Deaths: 51,690 (colon and rectal combined)
     The estimated annual national expenditure for colorectal cancer treatment is $14 billion; inpatient hospital care accounts for 80% of this cost.
     Because colorectal cancer is a predominantly disease of middle and old age, the costs related to colorectal cancer treatment are likely to increase as the population ages. For example, hospital admissions for colorectal cancer are expected to double by 2050.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsuited View Post
    Funny? I don't think so. You've obviously never had a colonoscopy.

    From: http://fightcolorectalcancer.org/ima...ost-of-CRC.pdf

    What We Know About Prevention of Colorectal Cancer:
     Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death.
     Estimated new cases and deaths from colon and rectal cancer in the United States in 2012:
     New cases: 103,170 (colon); 40,290 (rectal) Deaths: 51,690 (colon and rectal combined)
     The estimated annual national expenditure for colorectal cancer treatment is $14 billion; inpatient hospital care accounts for 80% of this cost.
     Because colorectal cancer is a predominantly disease of middle and old age, the costs related to colorectal cancer treatment are likely to increase as the population ages. For example, hospital admissions for colorectal cancer are expected to double by 2050.
    Not to make light of cancer, my mom died of it when I was 10. But, I've had two colonoscopies in my life..........the first being back around 1990 when they gave you the bottle of "Fleet" and no sedation. I swear, they all left the room, and just left me oozing lube. I stood up, wiped as I could, pulled on my pants and drove home.

    Last year, because I'm now age appropriate, I got to do a redo. No more bottle of "Fleet", but a regimen of pills and apple/grape juice for a day. Now, the "procedure" can't be performed unless you have someone to drive you home and they sedate you. Back in 1990, I watched the TV monitor as the MD took polyp samples for biopsy. This time around, I was asleep for the whole thing.

    So, yes, life can be really ugly and wonderful people die of heinous diseases, but our time is finite and we we'll only get so many laughs.

    Peace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    Not to make light of cancer, my mom died of it when I was 10.
    I guess that was my point as well. I walked home from school one day when I was 7 in time to see the ambulance take my mother away. She died several months later from cancer. My dad died from cancer when I was 13.

    Colonoscopies are to fight cancer, and that's a very good thing. Everyone should take good care of their health.

    take care,

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