Sung to the tune of “It’s Howdy Doody Time.” Here’s the original to refresh your memory:
Get yours before it’s late
So don’t you hesitate.
That cancer is a bitch
But polyps you can ditch
There’s no excuse for you
Come on, Let’s go!
A year ago, I had my third colonoscopy in 9 years and it saved my life yet again. You see, my grandfather died of colon cancer and there’s a history of bowel trouble on both sides of the family, which makes me a high risk candidate.
They weren’t kidding about that! For the second time, a pre-cancerous polyp was removed during the procedure. Left unchecked, this would have turned into full blown cancer!
FACT: Colon Cancer is THE MOST preventable of all cancers.
FACT: Many people DIE of Colon Cancer
WHY? They’re AFRAID to get a colonoscopy.
I’m here to tell you: There is NOTHING to fear!
The most unpleasant part is the preparation before the procedure. The colon must be cleaned out, so, you have to stop eating solid food 24 hours prior, then ingest mega laxatives and consume copious amounts of liquid. Yes, you’ll be running to the bathroom a lot, but look at it this way: You’ll be squeaky clean and might even lose a few pounds. 😉
Several minutes before the procedure, you will be given some lovely drugs, through an intravenous feed. (If they give you a choice, ALWAYS take the drugs. Trust me on that!) They will then check for polyps, remove them and send them out for biopsy. Most polyps are benign, but it only takes one that’s not! When you wake up, your designated driver (you must appoint someone as you’ll be too dopey to drive), will take you home and you can sleep it off. Doesn’t THAT sound good, especially to those of us with sleeping difficulties! There’s a slight possibility of residual bleeding, but generally speaking, everything goes back to normal the next day.
Piece of cake for peace of mind!
You should have a colonoscopy if:
– You’re over 50 and never had one.
– You’re under 50 and there’s a history
of colon cancer in your family.
I’m not an expert, so please talk to your doctor about this.
[Originally published Mar. 25, 2014. Revised Feb. 23, 2015]
Have you ever had a colonoscopy?
What was your experience like?
If you haven’t had one yet, do you plan on getting one?
Looking forward to your comments!