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Jul 15, 2017 10:55AM
Artista- I have had two colonoscopies to date, one in 2011 and one last fall. They found some of the pre-cancerous polyps the first time, so they put me on the 5 year plan. The last time I had none. If you are clean in there, chances are you go to 10 years.
Colonoscopies to me are like mammos in that they are one of the few tests available to screen for cancers that are available. So good to keep up with these so they can zap anything of concern before they grow into a bigger problem? They just require a bit more preparation.
The first time I did one I had to pay an OP co-pay. This last time, it was completely covered under ACA as preventative. Given the proposed changes, get it done sooner than later because who knows where the national healthcare plans will go.
My docs told me both times I needed a ride back but did not require anyone to stay with me overnight. Ideally, I think it is good to have someone there if you can, but for us single folks, not always possible unless you have a roomate or friend nearby. I don't have family around (and that is by choice) and finding friends to do an overnighter is pretty tricky. I usually just ask someone to call me later in the day to check in on me.
The prep part is really the difficult part of this process. It requires you to intake a lot of fluid to flush out your system. That begins the day before, and depending on the time of your procedure, can continue through the end of the day. So if you are working the day before, be sure you have good access to a bathroom. Both times I made sure I could do it when I was home (arranged with clients to work from home).
Prep experiences can vary. The first time I did it, I was finishing the prep the morning of and vomited some of it. That is not uncommon either, happpened to my sister as well with her last procedure. The last time I did it, they gave me some different prep solution and no problem, but had some asthma problems the next day (anesthesia and asthma triggering problems go hand in hand).
The procedure itself will have you semi-awake. You can actually watch them as they go through with the camera (at first it grossed me out, but then was fascinated by it). This last time, I was pretty deeply sedated and was awake but could not keep my eyes open.
Let me know if you have any other questions?
9/14/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
9/14/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-