You’re gonna stick that camera WHERE?

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So ever since I was diagnosed with diabetes (about two weeks ago), I’ve been feeling kind of sorry for myself.

My self-pity party ended today, when I had to get up at 5:50 a.m. and prepare to have a Sigmoidoscopy

At the ripe old age of 60, this is a routine examination to catch early signs of colon cancer. I had already passed the “poop card” test,” so the next step was a sigmoidoscopy.

At 5:50 a.m. this morning, I was writhing around on my bathroom floor, my body twisting and turning, as I attempted to give myself the first of three Fleet enemas.

What. A. Hoot.

I will spare you the grisly details, but I’m not at my best at 6:00 a.m.

The next Fleet enema, two hours later, went lots better.

By the time I gave myself the final enema, I was a pro.

I got to my appointment on time, and my doctor explained the procedure.

Holy moley.

Doc pointed out a long tube that looked a lot like a garden hose, only black. At the end of this torture device was a little camera. Using a diagram on the wall of the procedure room, my doctor explained that he was going to look at my colon, taking a few right turns along the way.


“Now don’t worry, you may need to expel a little gas,” my doctor told me.

“And you may poop. Don’t worry, M (his nurse) and I are used to this.”


Maybe I’m going s^%& in my doctor’s face when he’s got his head bent over my rectum.

And best of all, I got to watch on a little camera.

Honest to Betsey, I’ve never seen the inside of my rectum before, or the walls of my colon.

I got news for you, folks, it ain’t like going to the Museum of Natural History.

The procedure went really well, but I had a biopsy for a reddened area that could be pre-cancerous.

I’ll have the results of the biopsy in 1-2 days.

Am I worried?

Not really–I’ll worry about it if/when it happens.

I survived three enemas this morning, and I can handle anything else that comes my way.

Even a camera stuck up my butt.

But I did not lose control of my bowels (and that’s probably way too much info for all of you, but too bad :).


About boomergrl49

Mom, Grandma, retired social worker, blogger. I love reading fiction of all kinds, and I'm also addicted to television (Netflix, Hulu, Acorn, Amazon video).

Posted on October 8, 2009, in health update. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Oh jeez. The joys of aging πŸ™‚
    Hope everything is fine.


  2. We get to know all kinds of parts we never knew much about. Education at all ages.


  3. I remember thinking it was fascinating to see the inside of my colon.

    Praying everything is OK.


  4. Gran, I missed that one where the diabetes was announced…..sorry…. got a thought on my blog today that might help…xoxo


  5. Not funny all
    I send you hugs
    And think positive….
    Anya πŸ™‚


  6. Anya, I'm sending + thoughts to myself! Thanks.


  7. Braja, thanks, and I will be stopping by your blog soon.


  8. Thanks, Dakota Bear. You bring up a good point–I was fascinated at first, then saw the reddened area on my colon, then the little blood clot when the biopsy was taken. That freaked me out a bit. thanks for the good wishes.


  9. It is an education, lakeviewer!


  10. Joanna, aging is an interesting journey, that's for sure!


  11. Oh joy!!!! something to look forward to.


  12. Not a very nice experience at all, but maybe not quite as bad as one down your gullet.. I'm not sure. We have a lot of patients who get both ends done on the same day – ughhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

    Hope you are well and have a good weekend πŸ™‚


  13. Lady Banana, I just cannot imagine getting a double dose! Ugh! It was an uncomfortable procedure! I'm doing better today; my aches and pains are healing nicely, thanks.


  14. Your a strong woman, Gran. I had a sigmoidoscopy once. Would rather have a colonoscopy any day. At least they give you good drugs with the colonoscopy.


  15. Grandpa, I don't know how strong I am; I had to take the day after (today) off :). My diaphragm is still sore, just a bit, from having air pumped into me. It was damned uncomfortable.

    But thanks for the kind words!


  16. gran, I had the same procedure done two days ago. am waiting for results. Docs waited 5 days before doing test. I have been in severe pain most of the time. My sympathies go out to anyone who has gone through this. God Bless and hope everything turns out well.


  17. Anonymous, my test came out all right, but it was a painful experience. God bless you too, and good luck to you, regarding the results. Like you, I sympathize with anyone who has this blasted test.


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