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Colitis Saved My Dads Life Print Article     Email to a friend
by Dan Lemont

Nobody preaches the importance of colonoscopies like my Dad. Three years ago he found himself in the gastroenterologist office for GI issues. The specialist gave him the verdict – he needed a… (insert psycho sound byte here) colonoscopy. For those of you like me, who get an annual colonoscopy, I apologize now for the memories this might dredge up. For those of you who haven’t had one, let me begin by taking you through the process…

On the day before you have your “minor medical procedure under anesthesia” (as I tell co-workers not needing or wanting the reality), you are subjected to mind-numbing laxatives which are required to clean you completely out during this six hour marathon. It typically requires that you drink about one gallon of pungent solvent. I think the orange flavor is the lesser of the evils. But I digress…

The day of the procedure you are required to show up about thirty minutes early for registration. After the pleasantries with the hospital office staff are complete and they have figured out how Colitis Awareness Itemsto charge you for this procedure, you get to change into one of those handsome looking hospital robes. The fact that your rear is visible in those gowns is not a mistake… We will just leave it at that.

After getting changed, you will be able to lie down on the hospital bed where, if you are lucky, they will start the happy drugs flowing. The doctor will come and say hello to you and ask that you count back from 100 until you are happily floating into la-la-land…

What? Where am I? What is that strange bloated feeling? Why am I rolling around on my side? You slowly start to wake up and realize that the doctor is just finishing up your colonoscopy. Twice now, I have become semi-conscious in time to see the big screen TV in which my GI track was the main attraction. Typically, I have started to speak with the doctor for a few minutes and fall back asleep. You will only retain a small portion of what you saw and heard.

From my explanation, you are probably saying to yourself one of two things:

1. “I wish I hadn’t just relived that vivid description of my annual duty to my innards.” If this is you, BRAVO! You are doing the right thing, no matter how unpleasant. Skip #2 and keep reading.

2. “That is awful. Not me.” Wrong answer. Keep reading to understand why...

Colitis Awareness ItemsI started this story with a purpose. I wanted to let you know why someone like my wonderful Dad would advocate the importance of such an unpleasant procedure - annually. If it wasn’t for the symptoms of colitis, they would never have conducted a colonoscopy and found the tumor in his intestine. It was cancerous and needed attention quickly. The doctors were able to perform a resection in which they removed the 6” of his intestine containing the cancer. He was saved and cancer-free.

Growing up on a farm, my Dad has never been a big fan of doctors, medicine or surgery – especially preventive measures, but I am proud to say that my Dad is very alive – and we owe it to colitis. The doctors have assured us that if it was not for the colitis, my dad would not be alive today.

Please get your annual colonoscopy.

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