Make Mine Kool-Aid August 17, 2015Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor.
I agreed and did all the nasty messy prep work.
Drinking the Drano (a/k/a Colon-Aid) made me throw up. Several times. It got me coming . . . and going.
In the morning, they put me under. Part way. Despite the anesthesia, I moaned and writhed in pain.
All for naught!
They couldn’t finish because their periscope wouldn’t go past the sigmoid.
But they weren’t done with me.
They sent me for a barium enema (which stopped up everything I had just cleaned out).
It wasn’t fun. I will NEVER do it again.
And . . . I’m not alone:
Only one in six Americans over age 50 get the American Cancer Society’s recommended screening for colon cancer: a colonoscopy every 10 years, or a flexible sigmoidoscopy, virtual colonoscopy, or barium enema imaging every five years.
Surveys suggest that patients find the preparation – required for both colonoscopy and traditional virtual colonoscopy – to be the worst part of screening.
“A number of folks, who currently aren’t being screened because they fear the prep or aren’t willing to go through it again, may be willing to have screening if they’re told they don’t need to take laxatives and can still get a potent test,’’ said Dr. Durado Brooks, director of prostate and colon cancer for the American Cancer Society.
There’s a new technique on the medical horizon which does not involve the dreaded laxative preparation to clear the colon:
The new technique works by using a contrast agent – a tiny amount of dye is ingested two days before the test – to highlight fecal matter in the colon, which can then be digitally erased from the scan using a software program, making it easier to see polyps.
In the study of 605 patients, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the virtual colonoscopy was able to identify more than 90 percent of suspicious polyps that were 10 millimeters or larger, compared with 95 percent identified when the same patients later had a standard colonoscopy.
To read more: New Kind of Virtual Colonoscopy (Boston Globe)
And now for a laugh out loud moment . . .
Aah . . . that’s better!