Just what you wanted to read…

Good Times here at The Acres!  It’s Colonoscopy Week!  I started my prep yesterday for tomorrow’s procedure; Casey will follow along with his prep on Sunday, procedure next Tuesday.  We are both polyp-prone, so these things are an every-3-year occurrence.

I always dread the Prep..doesn’t everybody?   I used to hate the All of it until they started using  Propofol.  Now I’m like all excited to be stoned out of this Galaxy.  You can’t grow that stuff at home…

So I’m left to only complain about clear liquids for two days, drinking a gallon of powdery gross stuff, pooping my brains out, then pooping some more.

Actually, it’s not that bad.  People do this On Purpose and call it a Detox.  Nothing clears your Ama like a colonoscopy prep, though.

It’s like a clean slate to eat healthier, but I admit I will grab any solid food I can after I wake from that Michael Jackson Sleep.

Everyone should do colon cancer screenings, before and after they are age 50.  If you have a first-degree relative (Mom, Dad, sibling) who had colon cancer you should start getting them at age 40 or 10 years earlier than the age the relative was when diagnosed.  If you’re just at average risk, it’s still a good idea to do a fecal occult blood test starting around 40.  All you do is smear poop on a card and send it off to the lab.  If all is well with that, you’re good to wait till age 50 for the scope and then every 10 years until you’re too old to die young (around 85).

The body is very marvelously and wonderfully made.  We do what we can to take care of it, but aging takes its toll.  Don’t put off this important procedure just because everything was okay when you got checked 10 years ago.  I let 13 years go by between checks and developed 12 angry polyps.  Could be those last 3 years is what made them so mad.

Just like when I fly, I do give a thought to the possibility that this may not turn out well. Odds are that I have grown some more polyps, but by screening often, I should be able to catch anything more sinister before it grows out of hand.

Thanks to Obamacare, insurance companies are required to pay for colon cancer screenings in toto.  (if doctors find something wrong – polyps or a biopsy – you can be charged for that, but not for the procedure itself, saving you about $3000 on average).  So what’s your excuse?

I’ve got some errands to run and I’m not looking forward to driving through the fragrant food smells down at the shopping center.

 The broth just cries out for saltines.





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