I don’t know if “colonoscopic” is actually a word, but go with me here….
First, let me admit that I wasn’t actually alert when the Dr. came out to talk with me following my procedure. Awake, apparently, but I have no recollection of it.
I was told I could wait for him to finish the next procedure and talk to me again, but that was my choice. There was no news; come back in 10 years, they told me.
I decided that if they thought I was good to go, who was I to argue? So I got dressed and got a ride home.
Second, for all of you who warned me how bad the preparation for a colonoscopy would be, I have one word.
I understand that you may have had to drink a gallon of some vile liquid that you couldn’t stand. I drink two separate doses – 5 ounces each – at least 5 hours apart. Each was to be followed by five 8 ounce glasses of water. 40 ounces might be a challenge for some, but it’s easy for me.
So: I apologize to any and all of you who had to down a gallon of putrid stuff. The Prepopik I was prescribed actually tasted good.
The day of liquid diet was not great. The morning before the procedure felt long and less than comfortable, but bearable. An hour after the procedure, I felt perfectly normal.
Generally, colonoscopies are recommended at age 50. Depending on family history, your doctor may recommend one sooner. Either way, whenever, the screening is worth it.