I know, it’s really no big deal. You drink clear liquids for a day, sit on the toilet that entire day (but not at the same time!), sleep, have someone drive you to the medical center, take a nice long nap, and you wake up fresh as a daisy.
I keep telling myself “it’ll be Friday at noon before you know it!” But I’m just not looking forward to it. Fasting all day tomorrow, watching the TV closest to the bathroom, and noticing that every commercial seems to be a food commercial. Why do advertisers do that? So I can finish my procedure and go to the grocery store to buy ice cream and pot pies?
Some common questions about the colonoscopy procedure include “Does it hurt?” and “What happens during the exam?” But the best is the answer to “Are you sedated for a colonoscopy?” Here is one of Google’s answers:
Some patients undergoing colonoscopy do so without any anesthesia at all, but the majority still gets “conscious sedation” – a combination of drugs to relax you and block pain. Although they are semi-conscious during the procedure, most patients don’t remember much about it afterwards.
Wait, what? Some patients do it without drugs? Are they barbarians? What goes through their mind? Or their butt?
I’ll feel better once it’s done. The worst part is the prep, and the doctor may be able to tell me the cause of my anemia. In the mean time, I have to remember to get the Costco-size toilet paper out of the back of my car before the Thursday morning laxatives kick in.