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I learned this past Friday that it's silly to put off things you don't know anything about, especially when your health is at risk. Bright and early Friday morning, I had a colonoscopy performed by Dr. Holly Clark at LDS Hospital. It was nothing like the nightmare I had created in my own mind. I've been having gastrointestinal issues since November. I had undergone a number of tests, and my doctor recommended I have a colonoscopy to rule out anything serious.
On the surface my reaction was, "I'm not 50 yet. I shouldn't have to do that for a few more years." But, my real unspoken reason was "ick" and "that's way too embarrassing" and "Don't make me. I'm sure I don't have colon cancer. I'm just stressed out."
Okay, I'm going to admit up front, I was just being a baby. When I got to LDS, I got first-class treatment. Everyone was over-the-top nice and accommodating. The only discomfort I felt was a pin prick when the sweetest nurse ever put in the IV Line. Dr. Clark assured me she'd keep me covered and I just went to sleep. I don't remember a thing. After, there was a little discomfort after from all the air they blow into your body so they can see the colon better. But, mostly I'm just embarrassed that I waited so long for such a simple procedure. By the way, my colon looked great, at least for a colon.
P.S. They don't make you drink yucky stuff anymore either. Just your favorite flavor of Gatorade mixed with MiraLax. You will want to stay close to the bathroom the night before.