Yesterday there was no Monday Musings because yesterday I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy and was loopy enough from the anesthesia that I didn't think I could come up with anything coherent.
There are a number of people who get nervous about this procedure and think of all kinds of reasons to put it off. I have to admit I understand their concern.
Preparing for the thing is no fun - I spent Sunday near the bathroom. And you have to more than likely take a day or two off for it (I gave myself permission to take Sunday and Monday off from the writing due to this). It's a little unsettling, given what takes place.
The three worst things about it for me? The prep, certainly. Yesterday the poor nurse had to try two different spots to find a vein for the IV, and that brought not a little pain. And whatever device they put on my mouth for the endoscopy bruised my lips - it looks like someone socked me in the mouth.
The procedure itself? Thanks to anesthesia I slept through it. No biggie. And today, other than being a little tired and having puffy lips, I am fine.
And the good news is I have no cancer.
You see, the reason I endure this is because of the simple fact that colon/rectal cancer has no warning signs. And in the past I've had pre-cancerous polyps in my intestine that were removed. This latest procedure was to make sure they hadn't come back.
Yes, it's a pain. Yes, it's not on my list of fun things to do. I'm glad it's done.
But cancer would be worse.
Check with your doctor and if he/she says you need to have this, get it done. Believe me, it beats the alternative.