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Old 11-19-2008, 10:34 PM   #1
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Colonoscopy

If you've had one you'll understand, and
if you haven't, your time is comingThis is from newshound Dave Barry's colonoscopy journalI 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, quote, '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 likeI 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.ABOUT THE WRITER> Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist for the Miami Herald.
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. You're 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?'
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:52 AM   #2
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DANG!! THAT is funny!!!! ROFLMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I know this post is correctly posted in jokes and humor, but everybody over the age of 50 or so ought have this test done.

The night before is actually worse than the actual procedure, since you sleep through that. You wouldn't want to sleep through the prep, though.

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I know this post is correctly posted in jokes and humor, but everybody over the age of 50 or so ought have this test done.
Agreed. Your life may depend on it.
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DANG!! THAT is funny!!!! ROFLMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-21-2008, 05:58 PM   #7
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The night before is actually worse than the actual procedure, since you sleep through that
That's an understatement if I've ever read one. LOL!!

I will be sore tomorrow from all the laughing, that has to be one of the funniest things I've read in a while.
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And what makes it even funnier - it is the absolute TRUTH.

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I haven't laughed that hard in a long time!!..oh look, the little smilie man is in correct position!
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I know this post is correctly posted in jokes and humor, but everybody over the age of 50 or so ought have this test done.

The night before is actually worse than the actual procedure, since you sleep through that. You wouldn't want to sleep through the prep, though.

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FYI: Not all doctors agree that everyone over 50 should have it. My doctor says that there are risks involved, just as there are with anything, and he does not recommend it unless family history indicates a need for the test, or if there are certain other factors. But he doesn't recommend it as routine for anyone over 50. I mention this so that people can talk with their own doctors and make their own decisions on what they want to do.
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FYI: Not all doctors agree that everyone over 50 should have it. My doctor says that there are risks involved, just as there are with anything, and he does not recommend it unless family history indicates a need for the test, or if there are certain other factors. But he doesn't recommend it as routine for anyone over 50. I mention this so that people can talk with their own doctors and make their own decisions on what they want to do.
Colonoscopy is one of only two tests that can view the entire colon for problems. Some doctors are prescribing the CT scan, using radioactive fluid, which is said to detect cancer better than colonoscopy.

There are other tests that can screen for this cancer that can be done in this order:

1. yearly fecal occult blood test (FOBT)*

2. flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years

3. yearly FOBT* plus flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years**

4. double-contrast barium enema every 5 years

5. colonoscopy every 10 years

However, most doctors, and the NIT recommend that a person start with the colonoscopy at age 50, then screen with some of the others in the intervening 10 years before the next colonoscopy. This is provided that polyps are not found upon the first test, in which event another colonoscopy should be done three years later.

My wife just had her colonoscopy done as she turned 50 and our doctor said that he couldn't imagine a doctor not recommending the test be done unless there was some other health reason that would preclude doing it. Otherwise, he said a healthy person would be unwise not to have the screening done at age 50, followed by other screening during the 10 years between another colonoscopy.

As you may know, colon cancer is the number two cause of cancer deaths in this country and is one of the most preventable and treatable if discovered early.
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My favorite part of this procedure is during recovery when you have enough gas in your intestines to launch a blimp. I played a tune I titled, "A Salute to Congress and the President" much to the delight of the hospital nursing staff.
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Just FYI, I work for a group of Colorectal Surgeons, and yes colonoscopy is the "Gold Standard" for colorectal cancer screening. You would be surprised how many people we see in a month who are UNDER the age of 50 and have pre-cancerous polyps or colorectal cancer... So even though it is fun to laugh about, make sure you know your family history and get screened at least by age 50 or sooner if you have a family history or any unusual symptoms. "Scope the Colon... Skip the Cancer!
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Serious subject, but very entertaining read. Still chuckling 10 minutes later
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