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Colonoscopy- Searching for Polyps

Updated on February 9, 2018

The Colonoscopy

Searching the colon for signs of disease is a common procedure called a Colonoscopy. A Colonoscopy is not something you remember, but something you forget. With the help of drugs that "knock you out", they search your colon for nasty little polyps. Some doctors provide the patient with a color photo of these little pink growths that they find, to show what has been hiding inside, where the sun doesn't shine! Here is my story!

I accompanied a very good friend to the clinic for her colonoscopy. The day before had been a day of preparation for the procedure. A few laxative pills to kick off the process made her day. She ate no real food and drank lots of gatorade mixed with another form of laxative. Yum! You guessed it, lots of visits were made to the porcelain convenience as a result.

The day of the procedure, I was the designated driver. Little did I know how important my job would be in this process. The check-in was uneventful, even boring. The time in the waiting room was minimal. As they called her name, we were escorted to a small room with a floor to ceiling curtain and a bed on wheels. Thank goodness they had a chair for me.

Your complete attire is provided for you. There was a wonderful hospital gown to wear, a recently heated blanket to keep her warm and thick socks if needed. While my friend stretched lazily on the bed, her vitals were taken. Aaaaaahhhhhh, warm and comfortable! Not!

Her fate to kick off the procedure was an enema, additional preparation for the search for polyps! As time passed, an IV was inserted in her arm, and grogginess ensued. While they wheeled my friend down the hallway, she was drifting off to sleep unaware that she would soon be searched. Can I have a Diet Coke while I wait? They serve them very cold in places like this!

After The Procedure

I was moved to a recovery room just like the preparation room, but on a different hallway, to await my friend's return. With Diet Coke in hand, the nurse and I strolled around the corner to a room with one chair. I played Scrabble on my IPhone while I waited. Across the hall was a woman using her IPhone, checking her email! Forty five minutes passed and there she was. They wheeled her bed into place in the room where I sat.

Helloooooooo? No answer. ZZZzzzzzZZZZZzzzzz. What procedure? This woman was out of it. Watching her sleep was not much fun! I tapped her head, told her that her dog was missing her at home, but got no response. The doctor came in and gave a glowing report about his search for polyps. He had not found any. Maybe the next patient would be more cooperative?

The nurse came in and shook my friend's shoulder while shouting her name loudly. My friend opened one eye, mumbled something and went right back to sleep. I guess I was destined for more sleep watching. I took out my IPhone and snapped a couple of photos of the sleeping beauty. Could this be a future Facebook photo?

Waking up was a gradual process and we had more luck with a sip of Diet Coke than with conversation. It was another half hour before the leaving process could begin. I would sit her up, she would lay down. I would sit her up and she would lean the other way. "I never felt like this before." Oh yes you did when you had this done last time. "Oh!" I bet she said that five times in the next hour or so. You would have thought my friend had been down to Sixth Street and visited every bar along the way. Her speech was slurred, her knees were wobbly and she could not remember anything I told her! With lots of help, we eventually made it to the car. "I never felt this way before".....

As we drove home, I heard "What did the Doctor say?" She asked time and time again. I patiently repeated her good report each time, keeping my fingers crossed that she would remember the conversation in the morning.

Seriously, the doctor was great, the staff very supportive and the experience as good as it could be under such circumstances. My hat is off to those who are called to this area of medicine. Keep those Diet Cokes cold please!


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    Paula Kirchner 8 years ago from Austin. Texas

    MaryO, so sorry to hear about your brother! I guess your husband could identify with my rendition of my experience. It was a fun hub to write and could be educational for some who are unfamiliar with the process! Have a great weekend!

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    MaryO 8 years ago

    My brother noticed a problem but didn't check into it for a year. Finally had a colonscope & discovered colon cancer. Thankfully, Dr. got all the cancer out but left my brother wearing a bag the rest of his life. I had a hernia repair 3 days ago & my hubby was in your shoes, Paula, answering the same questions repeatedly. Anesthesia & pain meds do funny things to the brain.

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    Paula Kirchner 8 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Pamela, it is an important procedure and one we often try to avoid. I had fun writing it. Experiences often provide good material, don't they?

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    Paula Kirchner 8 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Lee, this is an important topic! So sorry your cousin died at such a young age! Thanks for your recommendations!

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    Pamela Oglesby 8 years ago from United States

    Paula, This is an important procedure to have done as you age. It is better to find a small problem that is treatable now than cancer of the colon down the road. The prep is the worse part. Very good hub.

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    Lee Barton 8 years ago from New Mexico

    Thank you for writing about this important topic! Colon cancer runs in my family, so I was very prompt about having my first colonoscopy at age 50. I was also very lucky to have good insurance coverage. I had no problem, and it really isn't that bad (or at least I can't remember). My cousin of the same age wasn't so lucky. He was self-employed and had no health insurance;therefore, postponed his first colonoscopy. Long story short, he died last year. He was only 53.

    If anybody is wavering, not wanting the discomfort and inconvenience, don't let that stop you. It really makes me angry that not everyone can afford to have this procedure.