Taking care of yourself
We all are striving to stay healthy and of sound mind. There are factors and realities that contribute to choices we will have to make over time. One of the main issues we all must contend with that spares no one is the aging process. When we are young we have no real need to worry or preoccupy our minds with such thought. We are young, feel invincible and are for the most part healthy. We don't encounter the same concerns yet that our grand parents or even our parents are starting to contend with.
As we age we start to realize our bodies are changing and we are no longer able to do all the things we once could in our youth. This can be a harsh reality we have to face and not all of us are so willing to accept that. We try to push ourselves as we did when we were young. We must always exercise prudent judgement now that we are responsible adults, especially with family that rely on us. I have distinct memories of seeing my parents in need of medical attention as I grew into young adulthood and it was a wake up call for me because I sensed they were vulnerable and were not the same as I remember them when I was just a kid. It seems life tests us and the sad part of life is that we know we will age, we will contend with health issues and we will eventually have to face the prospects of one day leaving this place that we have grown to enjoy, love and develop a vested interest in.
The saddest thing I have faced in my life apart from losing close family relatives, including my parents was seeing my parents age. It is not easy to witness it and it makes you realize how important it is to appreciate all the wonderful things we have in our life and to make the most of it when we are young. We will not be young forever and as we age we must always make sure we are taking care of ourselves and visiting our doctor regularly.
I am grateful for many things in my life and I have been able to achieve some of the goals, hopes and dreams that have been important to me. I am happily married, I have a son I am so grateful for and wish to do my absolute best for. I have a house I can call my own, so to speak, I have a great place to work at with wonderful people and I am using my skills I developed and learned during college and in previous jobs in my career. I have learned patience in my life, respect, honor, the meaning of friendship and most importantly that I also can be responsible, love and achieve worthy things.
I know our lives are far from perfect and we have made mistakes along the way but I can say I know that I have always tried to do the right thing and I have always felt love and respect for all the people who have touched my life and though I may never come in contact with all I have come to know I feel they are still with me and are a part of my life and a part of who I am. I have also grown to realize that if I want to have more time here I need to take good care of my health and follow my doctor's orders.
I was not keen on doing another medical procedure but my fears were allayed as it is a relatively quick procedure and it is for my own welfare. Today as I realize I am a 50 year old young man I now have to pay more attention to these things. Since there is a family history of colon cancer I was advised that I should do a colonoscopy every 3-5 years and today was the day. I felt in good hands and this procedure was a little bit different because my doctor suggested I also do an endoscopy as well due to my acid reflux. I was a bit concerned doing both but I had complete trust in my doctor, the anesthesiologist and all the nurses. I knew I was in good hands. My wife accompanied me there and she encouraged me to do it because it is the right thing to do. I remember when my dad would come with me in years past and wait patiently and take me home. He also was always there for me and I miss him very much as he was a wonderful father and was very loyal to mom who battled so much in her young life. It is sad we have to lose our parents but that is life's painful reality.
The hardest part in doing this procedure is the preparation for it the night before. I have always hated that part but it is necessary and it is tolerable. The procedure seems to be completed as it is underway. The only thing I remember up to when the procedure is to start is being administered oxygen, the anestheshia and having to bite down on a tube for the endoscopy. As I did all three I heard the voice of a nurse call my name and say I was in recovery and she asked how I was and I asked surprisingly "it is finished?" and she replied yes and asked me if I wanted juice and I gladly said yes.
I was relieved it was over and my doctor reassured me I was fine and he would have the results in a couple of days. Although we may not want to do these procedures it is very important that we do them so we can monitor our health with a doctor's care, knowledge and expertise. I felt better having done it and it is always nice to get a little special treatment from my wife which is always a good thing. I also get a day off from work.
I have grown to accept that I am aging and that I have to be proactive with my health and with exercise. I realize how important this is as I have a pre-teen son relying on me and I want to be there for him as he grows into young adulthood and live his life. I realize the importance of taking care of ourselves especially for our loved ones.
Edward D. Iannielli III
Colonoscopy & Endoscopy procedures
Healthy living - CDC
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