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Taking care of yourself

Updated on June 17, 2011

Medical procedure

Preventative maintenance

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

Staying healthy


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    • ediann profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      I have a young son who is my inspiration and a wfe I love and for them I need to stay healthy in mind and body. I write about this because I know how important it is to take care of ourselves as we face the unknown. The aging process is a reality we wished we did not have to face. We all wish we could be young forever and the sad thing is we believe we can. In our minds we still feel like kids no matter how old we get. I remember my dad would say as he experienced living into his early 70's how his mind would feel youthful but his body would really tell the story. It is part of life and we all must do our part in being responsible for our health for our sake and for our loved ones. I am pleased that I have struck a chord with people and I do try to relate things that I feel passionate about. As you have pointed out I write from my personal feelings and emotions because I have seen how aging has affected my parents and I try to learn from their experiences and try to maintain optimism, hope and awareness. I am scared too but I still have work to do here so I must make sure I am healthy so I can be there to help my son and my family. I live for them and they give me strength. Thank you for all your thoughtful and insightful comments! I feel we all can help each other in some way and through writing we can express it clearly.

    • wendi_w profile image


      7 years ago from Midwest

      Well written hub, at 47 I too am finding I must face learning to take care of myself a little better as well,

    • ediann profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Suzie, Yes we all should be proactive with regard to our health. I worked with a young woman who we went bowling with at a company sponsored event and she was smiling, happy and very cheerful. She was having fun and was a very sweet young woman. One week later we were attending her funeral. She was only 41 years old. This is why it is so important to listen to our bodies and go to our doctors regularly.

    • SUSIE42 profile image


      7 years ago

      This hub is inspiring me to get everything taken care of. I have not had a colonoscopy and should.

    • ediann profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you Phil for your kind sentiments and your insight. I wish you well as you celebrate your 38th birthday. You are soon approaching a milestone! Wishing you many many years of good health and happiness in your life. May you always be blessed!

      You are absolutely right in that we all need to be respectful of our medical care. When we are young we never feel it is an issue but we all know things can change and we need to always be prepared.

    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      What you have written rings true for everyone - we all age; every second we are a second older. My birthday is the day after tomorrow, I'm turning 38. Being respectful of our medical care is key in maintaining our health. Thank you for writing this beautiful and useful hub.

    • ediann profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story and for your kind words. I am glad your mother is living cancer free. You are a wonderful caring daughter and your mother is lucky to have you in her life and you are lucky to have her in your life. Thanks for sharing the wonderful advice and for your insight and personal experiences in this very important matter. We all must be proactive when it comes to our health especially as we age. Thank you!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for everything. Your hub reminds me of when my Mom first went and got her check-up with a colonoscopy and she went through the same thing as you did. Unlike you she had a polyp that had to be removed and it was cancerous. She is now enjoying life free from cancer. It is worthwhile. We eat a lot of anti-disease and anti- illness foods, but we need these new tech to help us stay out of harms way too. Your hub is needed for we get a little apprehensive when it comes to testing. Today pop corn has been found to be a health food and prickly pear juice, nopalea and others, which is very expensive, but is a very good for our health. Thanks for everything. I use a public library and it's free and popular too, so I don't have the time I need to do everything I wish I could do. My motto at times have patience and I'll get there. Trying to write a fiction micro short story on too-if you've the notion and time other writers say it's a great way to make serious money.

      Thanks again,



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