There was little pottery made at Whistle Creek this week. Instead I spent my time prepping for, and then having a colonoscopy. Oh the joy of aging! This was a routine follow up that I had been putting off for a couple of years and I'll skip the suspense and report that everything was fine. It was a little unpleasant to fast on Wednesday but I could still drink coffee so it wasn't the end of the world. There are also some very large doses of laxatives that keep you running to the bathroom for a couple of hours in the evening but again, it's do able. By Thursday morning, I was really getting hungry but I could make it another couple of hours. My brother picked me up and were at the testing center in a few minutes.
The test itself was one of the easiest tests I have ever taken. I didn't even need to study. Put on a gown, roll down the hall, get a dose of Diprivan ( that stuff that Michael Jackson liked so much) wake up in recovery, get the good news, get dressed, go home. Other than my throat being a little scratchy from the O2 there were no after effects at all. I did get a call the next day but no flowers.
If you are still with me, the point of all this became clear Thursday evening when I read that a blogging friend had been diagnosed with skin cancer.Treatable with a great prognosis but not something you want to hear. Had there been anything growing in my colon I would not have forgiven myself for putting the test off for so long. This was my third go around so I knew that it wasn't as unpleasant as it sounds but I just put it off. If you are over 50 and you have a colon, you need to get this done. Early detection and early treatment leads to early recovery. I believe the procedure is even covered as preventative care under the Affordable Care Act so if you have any kind of insurance it won't cost you anything.