Yes, you read that correctly.  I’m apologizing in advance.  It’s time for my colonoscopy screening and I’m taking you with me.  Nice.  Just what you wanted to hear, huh?

Your colon health is important!

I realize your colon and such related matters is not something you would typically start a conversation about with the person standing in the grocery line behind you, but it is a subject you need to discuss with your doctor.  Unless you’re like me and can talk about it with anyone and not get embarrassed.  All the while my family trying to find the nearest table to crawl under.

Prepping for my colonoscopy by TeamSam Fintess

Typically, the average person doesn’t need to have a colonoscopy until age 50, but because I’ve had colon cancer, I have regular screenings every 3-5 years.  And also, because I’ve been talking to you about your own health in a couple of recent blog posts, I thought it worthy to discuss openly with you about my own health.  In other words, I just don’t want to preach to you and ignore it myself.  😉

Colonoscopy is a medical procedure during which a long, flexible, tubular instrument called the colonoscope is used to view the entire inner lining of the colon (large intestine) and the rectum.

A colonoscopy is generally recommended when the patient complains of rectal bleeding or has a change in bowel habits or other unexplained abdominal symptoms. The test is frequently used to test for colorectal cancer, especially when polyps or tumor-like growths have been detected using the barium enema and other diagnostic tests. Polyps can be removed through the colonoscope and samples of tissue (biopsies) can be taken to test for the presence of cancerous cells.

The test also enables the physician to check for bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. It is a necessary tool in monitoring patients who have a past history of polyps or colon cancer. It also may be used as a screening tool for people at high risk of developing colon cancer, such as those with a strong family history of the disease.  {source}

The procedure itself is actually very easy, quick and painless.  A light sedative is used and I enjoy a good sleep…and they wake me when they’re done.  The prep, on the other hand is a bit more challenging.

The worst part is only being able to drink liquids the day before (I’m starving), then drinking the laxative colon prep starting the evening before the procedure.  But I’ve done it so many times, I learned what works and what doesn’t work and now it really doesn’t bother me at all.

No, the Big Red chewing gum is not part of the prescription, but I told you I have this down to an art and the spicy, cinnamon flavor of the gum is just what it takes to cut right through the slimy goo flavor of the prep.

Here’s the strategy:
*Hold your nose.  Very important!  You learned it as a kid and as a 42 year old adult and trust me, it still works!
*Drink the 8 ounces of prep as directed–don’t let go of your nose!
*Put a piece of Big Reg chewing gum in your mouth and start chewing ferociously on that piece of gum.
*After a few seconds of chewing and all the goo taste is gone, let go of your nose.

Brilliant strategy if I must say so myself!

Then repeat this process every  30 minutes until…well….everything is clean and clear.  😉

It’s been 13 years since I’ve had cancer.  It’s not something I think about everyday like I used to, but having this done tomorrow only brings its ‘realness’ to the forefront of my thoughts again.

I still have Scripture notecards stuck to my bathroom mirror that I taped there 13 years ago.  I’ve read back over them more these last few days than I have in a long time.  And even with their makeup stains and holes where I’ve used them as pin cushions, I suppose I’ll never take them down so as to remind me where I once was and where God has brought me now.

I do appreciate your prayers tomorrow if you have time and I’ll post an update of how everything came out when I’m done!  😉

But for now, I’m going to enjoy drink my 18th cup of chicken broth I’ve had today.

You can catch Part 2 ~ The actual day of my colonoscopy here!

5 Comments on Prepping For My Colonoscopy

  1. Laura Delegal says:

    Praying everything goes well, Samantha.

    • Thank you Laura! 😉

  2. Thanks for the real info here, I think (!). I love knowing there’s someone else out there healthy blogging that is over 30!! It’s a great perspective! Hope today was better than expected!

    • Hi Marla! Thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t be a stranger, I’d love to chat anytime. 🙂

  3. I am prepping for mine today and have heard all the stories about the thick, viscous liquid you have to drink. My prep drink is Miralax in 64 oz of gatorade or other sports drink, split over two sessions. I found lime cucumber flavored Gatorade at a local grocery store. It is actually good and not too thick or viscous and is pretty easy to drink.

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