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Saturday, August 9, 2014

"Have a Colonoscopy, it may save your life..." 'Judith Whitehead' (Inspiration Sunday)

Judith Whitehead lives in Amherst New York and has worked in
the ophthalmology field of medicine for over 30 years.

Have a Colonoscopy, it may save your life

 As I began to enter my fifties my Physician began to urge me to perform the all mighty dreaded colonoscopy.  I dug my heals in and put off, put off, and put off  the test that I had heard so much about. 

I was feeling fine when I started my 50’s and did not want to bother with the inconvenience and invasive testing of my inner cavity.  A combination of fear and procrastination held me off until I reached the late 50’s… It seems that when you approach your 60’s there are a bunch of little things that creep into your life such as aches and pains in the am upon waking, higher cholesterol and triglycerides, and suspicious blood testing results that now prompt you to become to take a more active  participation in your ownquestionable health and  prevention.

So with much prompting I decided to bit the bullet and go for it. With reluctance and fear I bought the magic preparation to mix with my orange Gatorade.  While drinking the colonic all day I must admit “it wasn’t  so bad” , the orange flavor disguised the taste somewhat and I could afford to lose a few pounds anyways.  

As my morning procedure approached, I was relieved that the day was here and was more than ready to proceed.  Surprisingly enough I had the best hour sleep I had had in years;   I never can sleep for more than 4 or 5 hours a night and woke up refreshed and h-u-n-g-r-y.

I don’t know why I put this procedure off for so many years and to my surprise I was able to literally nip off some very suspicious polyps that would have taken a turn for the worse in the coming years.  There are not many tests and procedures that can be done proactively that can literally save your life…this is one of them. 

 Had I not swallowed my fears and done the dreaded colonoscopy, I would have had more than trouble, painless trouble, hovering over me in the near future.  For those out there who do not practice preventive medicine because of fear or lack of finances,   you are shortening your lives.  Simple testing such as routine blood sampling and routine physicals can tell so much into your futures.  I know if
you are feeling well, it is the furthest thing from your mind but it  can insure you are able to live life to the fullest and not have it shortened unnecessarily.

Also, if there are any other tests that can help you take a look into the future, believe it or not, it is a routine eye examination.  The eye is the only part of the body that can give a direct picture into the
body’s health without being invasive.  A dilated exam will tell the Doctor if you have high blood pressure, diabetic disease, high cholesterol and a bevy of other conditions.  Of course I am biased in that specialty since I have spent my last,  over 30 yrs. Preaching to the choir but I am amazed at how many health conditions we catch during the week just through a simple dilated eye evaluation.

  That’s probably one of the reasons I have continued in this field; it’s the amazing discoveries we find constantly.

Taking an active part in your own preventive health will definitely save your life or at least prolong it.

Having that colonoscopy made me a true believer;  You can be sure I will be returning for a repeat performance next year with no arm twisting this time. ..and if you have the time, make the time,  and
get an eye health evaluation by an Eye Doctor.  

Here’s to every ones good health! L'Chayim 

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KimoRosen said...

Judy, Did you know it is impossible to sterilize a colonoscope? Don’t be surprised if even your doctor doesn’t know...


KimoRosen said...

My dad use to call this procedure a Rotor rooter! ;D)

KimoRosen said...

Comments by patients during Colonoscopies

Colonoscopies are no joke , but these comments during the exam were quite
humorous..... A physician claimed that the following are actual comments
made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their

1. "Take it easy, Doc. You're boldly going where no man has gone before!

2. "Find Amelia Earhart yet?"

3. "Can you hear me NOW?"

4. "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?"

5. "You know, in Arkansas, we're now legally married."

6. "Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?"

7. "You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out..."

8. "Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!"

9. "If your hand doesn't fit, you must quit!

10. "Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity."

11. "You used to be an executive at Enron, didn't you?"

12. "Boy, now I know why I am not gay."

And the best one of all...

13. "Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up


Chester "Unc" Lau said...

When did Colonoscopy started,what happen to people before colonoscopy was available ?

KimoRosen said...

Unc, they were invented in 1969 by a Japanese surgeon and became popular int the 1990's. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiromi_Shinya

My doctor has me do a stool sampler once a year, then if blood shows he will schedule a colonoscopy...

Marjorie Dudley Brown said...

After my colonoscopy, about 9 years ago, the doctor said that it was, "A boring one." I'm guessing that meant: 1) they didn't find anything, and 2) I didn't give them anything to laugh about.

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Subjec Happy Colonoscopy to all unc 's mafias

I was SOUND asleep after waking up by the blood taker at 6 am to tell me I had a good sleep & took a few more pints of blood This loved event was uneventful,than a pretty nurse wheeled me to a non descriptive room with colorful TV monitors but no rock & roll music,some one sticks & patched my body with electronics,I glanced over my partly closed eyes & saw Dr.K entering the room ,all the nurses stand at attention & saluted then spray my throat with beer & rolled me on the side & I went to sleep...back in my room about an hour later,I was fresh & refreshed because others like Dr.K.& staff did the heavy lifting,I did not do anything, physically I felt good,could be the GOLYTELY that cleansed every thing in my system to including the kitchen sink and when the nurse assistant handed me my tray of 5 oz soft beef broccoli,1 serving of rice (2/3 cup) 1 serving of chicken long rice soup ,desserts with assorted gelatins,grape juice,green tea after fasting all night & day,I ATE THE WHOLE THING !!! first time in weeks !!! Dr.S visited and noticed the happy face,he indicates that I may be released after consultation with Dr.K

uncle C