February 9, 2011
So now it’s my turn! Traveling all over the country with the Prevent Cancer Super Colon® is my job. Working to bring educational awareness about colorectal cancer and preventive screening to different venues has allowed me to meet many wonderful people who have shared their experiences about getting a colonoscopy. Generally, you do not hear good stories when you are standing in front of a 20 foot long, 8 foot high inflatable colon. So, as much as my head knew a colonoscopy was a good thing, part of me was running the other way chased by horrible images in my mind. Then the New York Times published an article about fear being the #1 reason why people in the United States didn’t get a screening colonoscopy at age 50.
Okay, okay, I am not afraid; let’s do this! A call to a local gastroenterologist (G.I. doc), recommended by a neighbor, got me an appointment to learn about the colonoscopy procedure and make decisions, with the doctor, about what would work best for me. The G.I. doc showed me pictures of the inside of the human body and explained to me exactly what would occur before, during and after the colonoscopy. She told me that there were a number of different preps available, and gave me extensive instructions on what to do, what not do and what to expect.
Then I had the opportunity to talk with the G.I. nurse who filled me in on great tips to get through the prep!
Now I have the facts and I made my decision about what kind of prep and anesthesia I wanted. I am on the schedule and ready to go! (Ohhhh, bad one.)