Good morning, everyone! Today's blog is a bit of a personal one and I don't want to upset or worry anyone--I just want to pass along something that is super important for everyone to have done and why it's going to be happening to me again this week.
First of all, what a title to a blog, huh? Well, it's true! But, in a good way and one that I hope you all can say at some time yourself and for more of the same reasons, and here is why!
You may have gone through this same medical procedure already, so I'll start with passing along a few hints for those of who have and for those who haven't, the reasons why it's so important to get in at least a yearly doctor visit and to explain any sort of pains, feelings and otherwise to them. Find a doctor that you trust and follow hisher orders. And the part I want to stress today is, don't wait until you're over the age of 50 before you tell your doctor about certain things -- if something isn't feeling right, let them know! Don't ignore or put off telling them about maybe odd-sounding symptoms or pains you're having like I used to do--as they're there to help you and can! And, one specialist years ago, possibly saved my life. So don't put things off or to the side -- your health is important no matter your age or otherwise.
through the week with me? Come on, it doesn't hurt, it's an important matter and, you know me, I'd love the company!
Let's start with the preparation and I'm sure it won't take some of you long to figure out what I'll be doing throughout this coming week and WHY I'm sharing this blog with you.
Monday will be a normal day....
maybe even one that'll include a slice of veggie pizza or some other food that I super love!
Tuesday--hmm, no red meat! I can do that one as I'm not much of a meat eater! We're good on that one!
Wednesday - let the fun begin! Well...... I'm not too thrilled with this one, but ready! No solid foods! Only water, clear liquids, clear broth, certain juices...
But how many gallons of water?
But, after 3:00, a.m., no more water allowed!
The good thing is, there is no doubt that I'll get in my quota of water in for the day! The only downside is that I'll feel like I'm going to pop or something
but again, all in all, that's a GOOD thing and that's what we're after!
So, I'm ready and that's another
Thursday!! Now, we're feeling
as I've been awake most of the evening "cleansing" as they say after taking a variety of meds and laxatives--
-- you may not see it on the outside, but it'll be happening on the inside! All to be expected and I'm glad to do it.
So, I'm adding another
on that one!
Then, off we go
the sooner I get there, the better!
Let's do it and then it's off to
for a number of hours!
So, I'm adding yet another few
on that one for sure!
So, how many of you have figured out what's happening in my life this coming week? I hope alot of you have, as it's so important to have this procedure done and one that we often don't even think of! I couldn't stress it more to others as I'm living proof that it can save your life! So---yup, you got it -- it's my yearly colonoscopy! Sorry, for the personal share in ways -- but it's important to share the need to have them done and here is a bit of background to explain a bit more.
I began having stomach problems in 1999 -- yes, 1999!! WOW -- I was only how old??? 38 years old! I didn't fit the criteria that we hear about -- so many times you hear that it's recommended that you have it done after you're 50! But, if I would have waited until I was 50 -- which I am now--there is a good chance that I would no longer be here sharing this blog with you or even walking this earth!
I always blamed my stomach upsets, etc., on stress or that I ate something that didn't agree with me -- but, when you eat a pretzel and you need to find the restroom in about 5 minutes or less-- you know something is happening and it can't be good. So, yes, back in 1999 I began my screenings and, they have been finding abnormal tumors (misshapen in form, etc., and, if not found early, the kind that can develop into cancer) almost every time I have had the procedure done, plus it runs in my family -- so I tend to get worried, but I'll drink my clear liquids and do whatever I need to do in order for them to get a good view of what's forming or not forming, what is there or not there and, if there are more tumors, let's get rid of them and NOW and pray for good results on the biopsies of tissue and, if found, tumors!!
I will always remember what I was told at my first appointment with the specialist back in that great old 1999-- she told me that a woman in her 30's (from my area) had recently passed away due to colon cancer and the fact that it had already spread too far and there was no longer a cure and the treatments no longer could save her life. And, I remember when I first read this lady's obituary (before hearing this from my dr.) I wondered what this lady died from and at such a young age! She had a husband, small children............... I now had my answer and it'll be something that I'll always remember as this wife, mother and friend to so many had put off going to the dr. and finding it sooner and getting the treatment in order to be here with us today.
So, it was an
eye-opener and something I hadn't, to that point, worried that much about or ever thought I would have to worry about. But, I was wrong after I heard and learned of the reasons of this lady's passing.
So, I'm already set
Let's do it -- see what is what -- hear the results and back to feeling like me again come Friday!
WOW, I hope I didn't tire you too badly, as we had a long
but I hope that I shared the importance of staying healthy, checking in with your doctor, following his/her directives, doing the tests if they recommend them, and, mainly, doing it for you and those you love and hold dear.
**And, to the co-leaders on the teams that I lead, as well as to the teams I'm a member of, yes, I won't be on-line come Thursday and we'll see what happens by Thursday evening-- as I hope to be up and at 'em again after a good sleep after the procedure, but I'm unsure at this point and wanted to pass along a heads up so no one wonders where's that Momma! Because she may be just sleeping and resting, but she'll be back up and running on Friday again!
Have a great week everyone! And, stay positive! You can always find a positive side to every situation and I know I've found mine!