Monday, January 26, 2009

Why Look--It's My Large Intestine On TV!

Ah, the joys of turning 50!

Joining AARP, playing in senior golf tournaments and our first colonoscopy.

Today, the Curmudgeon had the pleasure of seeing the inside of his large intestine, a.k.a.: colon (get it?) on television for the first time. Now that's one modern convenience our grandparents didn't get to enjoy.

We'd write something long and funny about it, but Dave Barry already did it. (If you're about to have one yourself, check out Dave's column--do it before you start pooping your guts out in the pre-colonoscopy prep, as you won't want to laugh that hard then.)

We've got our fingers crossed--they found a polyp, and if it's pre-cancerous it means we'll be headed back for another round in just a year, whereas if it's benign we won't have to take another look at our colon on TV for at least 3 years.

If your teenager is being gross and you want him to stop, just try telling him about your colonoscopy. We think that'll shut him up for at least a day or two!


Bluedog said...

My Rheumatologist (UNC Healtcare) wrote an interesting book, "The Last Well Person", and he takes the medical community to task for creating a healthcare consumer culture. He believes that most surgical cardiac procedures (such as stents) are actually not necessary and that most, if done, have to be done again within a very short period of time (this as the case with an uncle of mine). He makes a similar point about colonoscopy and the need for males over 50 to get one (sort of like getting your oil changed every 3,000 miles - who came up with that interval). Dr. Hadler's point is that the colonoscopy is not as simple as we're led to believe and unless you have a family history of colon cancer the risks far outweigh the rewards.

That said, hope your polyp is benign.

X Curmudgeon said...

Interesting perspective. And we can definitely say there were no rewards to the procedure (other than temporarily losing 2 pounds.)