One small step for man, one giant tube for mankind

Yes, if you remember the moon walk – no not the moonwalk – the moon walk, you know, Neil Armstrong, etc etc – yeah if you remember that? You’re over 50 and you’re way past due for a colonoscopy. It’s currently recommended that you have one every 10 years.

I’ve had 2 or 3 of them, I can’t remember. Haha, isn’t that funny, because the medication they give you is designed that way. And I’M GRATEFUL. Anyway I am having another one on WEDNESDAY. Yes I am yelling. (I had some symptoms which prompted the first one, and polyps which necessitated my having them more frequently).

The part that is memorable, unfortunately, is the prep. But I’m sure you’ve heard allll about that.

Ok, one more colonoscopy joke and I’ll get serious.

Now seriously. Let’s talk about colon cancer. From Cancer.org

Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2015 are:

  • 93,090 new cases of colon cancer
  • 39,610 new cases of rectal cancer

Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 20 (5%) … Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States when men and women are considered separately, and the second leading cause when both sexes are combined. It is expected to cause about 49,700 deaths during 2015.

So I think maybe we ought to take it seriously.

The prep I referred to above consists of a clear liquid diet and a very thorough laxative. Let’s just say it’s cheaper than those fancy colonics you will hear advertised, but just as effective. And will probably do you a lot more good.

Please don’t put yours off!

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33 thoughts on “One small step for man, one giant tube for mankind

      1. Quixie

        Thanks — it’s important stuff to know. My husband (in his 30s) had a endo and colo for a mystery stomach thing that hospitalized him. They drugged him up so heavily he joked with the nurses: “My colon is a formidable foe!” The nurses cracked up laughing and he didn’t understand why. He doesn’t remember saying this but I remind him all the time.

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      1. DotedOn

        🙂 If there is something good that came from it, it’s that she truly started seeing life in a different way.
        We shouldn’t wait for something like that to happen, right? 🙂

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  1. Susan Irene Fox

    OMGOSH, Kathy! I just watched the video – I was laughing so hard I scared my cat out of the room! 😀 And I’m wiping tears out of my eyes. Oh, lordy, lordy. Thank you for that.

    And, yes, I remember the Armstrong moon walk, too.

    (Looking forward to Secret Santa Blog Day 😉 )

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  2. sonniq

    My mom had colon cancer at agree 65. Not one dr told her about having a colonoscopy so when she finally did she had a huge tumor, immediate surgery and 6 months of chemo. But now at 82 she’s alive and kicking. She came close to it. Being to late. I think I’ve had 3done so far. Small price to pay for something so easy to prevent. i think most people’s lousy diet of stuff that isn’t really food but your body has to pass it doesn’t help a whole lot.

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  3. kbailey374 Post author

    I never did update you guys on this. My upper GI showed a hiatal hernia. They also took some biopsies (routine – no cause for alarm).

    Unfortunately during that procedure I vomited, and they were worried I had breathed in the stomach contents. So they did not do the colonoscopy (after all that prepping!!!) and sent me to the hospital for a chest x-ray.

    Tune in in July regarding the colonoscopy – again!!! Urghhh…

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      1. kbailey374 Post author

        This made me laugh. I’m battin 1000!

        Who Is at Risk for Hiatal Hernia?

        Hiatal hernias occur more often in women, people who are overweight, and people older than 50.

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    1. kbailey374 Post author

      I don’t want to see a thing, and I’m a nurse! I’d just soon be OUT COLD haha

      Thanks for the comment! Did I tell you my godfather used to sing the K-k-k-katie song to me when I was little? (Are you familiar w/ it? My name is Kathleen and everyone else calls me Kat or Kathy)

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      1. KatieComeBack

        Hmm, don’t think I know that one but I’m sure the Googles will enlighten me. LOL 🙂

        I don’t mind most medical procedures…except the needle. Once the needle part is done, you can do whatever you need to and I’m good!

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