Hey, Hey, Hey…it’s COLONOSCOPY DAY!!
As you are sitting and taking a break from life reading the blog to hear what’s new at the Kramer house, I’m just getting back home from the hospital from my second colonoscopy. I had one five years ago and “lucky me” I was on the every five-year path. So here we are five years later and once again, I drank the drink. UGH.
The first time around, I did the “Go Lightly” brand. I am not a big drinker so drinking all that fluid was hard for me. I tried to drink without mixing it with a Gatorade or that type of drink but that wasn’t the best for me. When I got up in the middle of the night to drink the last dose, I ended up vomiting much of it up. I was so worried they wouldn’t do the test when I got to the hospital but happily, they did.
This time around when they asked if I wanted to the “Go Lightly” or the “Suprep” brand, I picked the Suprep.
I would drink less crappy tasting liquid with this and part of the liquid I did have to drink would be straight-up water. That sounded so much better. I was warned that my insurance might not cover the whole expense of Suprep but I decided I didn’t care. If at least part of what I drank wasn’t horrible tasting, that was worth it…and if there was a chance I wasn’t going to throw up, that was would be totally worth it.
If you haven’t had a colonoscopy before, I don’t want to say anything that would make you hesitant to have one. Is it fun? No. Is it terrible? No…it’s not terrible and in light of cancer it can prevent, TOTALLY WORTH IT!
Colon cancer is a cancer that is one of the easiest to treat and take care of. All you do is drink the drink, sit on the toilet a lot, and go to the hospital for the procedure.
With Kramer and lung cancer, we were back and forth to the hospital so many times. There were chemo and radiation. He was so sick and miserable. Caught early, colon cancer doesn’t require any of that….so drink up and get a colonoscopy if you haven’t or if you’re due to have another one. A colonoscopy is truly the lesser of the evils.
I technically wasn’t needing one until January. I called in hoping to get appointments for December as I’ve met my deductible. The nurse said to do it now and schedule things now as no one knows what is going to happen with COVID and if nonessential procedures will be delayed again. So I did…and here I am.
So how did it all go?? Of all the things I could do on “prep day” when all I could consume was liquid? I baked.
My kids thought I was crazy and asked why I could do that. That answer was easy…I’d have something good to eat when I get home tomorrow and can eat. Besides, I thought I’d make a pie for a thank you for Kelli for taking me…and a thank-you pie for the guy putting my new vanity in the bathroom…plus a GO CRAIG pie as he’s in the combine harvesting. One pie, that will be for me and Karl. There’s always a good reason to make pie!!
So how did the prep go…
not bad. Way better than the “Go Lightly”. I highly recommend the Suprep over that! I didn’t throw up.
And how were my test results?
Meh. 3 polyps. They are going to pathology. I also had a little issue so they had to “put a clip” in to stop the bleeding. I was assured that’s common so I’m not worried, but if I have to get an MRI in the next few months, I need to tell them.
So what did I hurry home to eat? The pie…
But sadly…I’m so embarrassed to say this, I FORGOT THE SUGAR!!! Ick. Blah. So I had to call everyone I gave a pie to apologize. I guess I’ll be making pie again soon…I have to make it up to all the people I spoofed with my terrible sugarless pie. HOW EMBARRASSING!!
…and that my friends is the colonoscopy story. In all seriousness, please get one done if it’s time. Your friends and family will thank you.