Colonoscopy: The Beginning, The Middle and…The End
There are some events or activities in life that have very defined stages to them. For example, pregnancy is usually divided into three sections. You have the first trimester (yucky), the second trimester (okay) and the third trimester (feeling like a blimp). I personally loved being pregnant, but for some, it’s not an easy journey but the result is an amazing blessing. A colonoscopy is somewhat similar, as I will explain.
I am also blessed with a husband who loves to garden and work in the yard. I don’t enjoy it like he does, and I also stink at it. I can paint you a picture of a flower or garden, but let me touch the real thing and watch it die before your eyes. The process of gardening is also one of stages but with a great pay-off in the end. You have a lot of hard work to prepare the land, watch as things grow and then the reward of the harvest.
The process of a colonoscopy is very similar to me. The preparing of the field is about as fun as the prep required for a colonoscopy. Lots of fertilizer being put down. But if you skip that part of the process, you won’t have the results you are hoping for.
The middle part of gardening and a colonoscopy is the easier part. With gardening, you do have to work a little by weeding and watering, but it’s mostly waiting for nature to take its course.
With a colonoscopy, the middle part is even easier in my opinion. The only work for you is getting a needle stick to get the wonderful “twilight” medicine. The doctors do all the work and you don’t remember anything (and without a hangover). You don’t feel any pain. I even had polyps removed and never felt a thing.
The final part of the process in gardening is of course the rewards of the harvest. There’s nothing like that first homegrown tomato from your own garden. For me, the final part of the colonoscopy is a reward. Hopefully the results showed you to be healthy, but even if they find something the good news is that is was found. You could have saved your life. That’s a pretty good reward.
For me, the cherry on top, of the whole colonoscopy process is the fact that, due to the lovely preparation of the “field,” I am starving and feel like I lost weight without the exercise. I haven’t of course, but I feel like it so the meal following a colonoscopy is a usually a grand one and with a little less guilt.
May your preparation be easy and the results lead to a happy ending (your back end).Tags: colon cancer, colonoscopy, gardening, polyps, preparing for a colon screening, Prevention Info, stages of preparation, stop colon cancer, twilight medicine, what is a polyp, what is twilight medicine, working in the garden