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7/20/11 7:47 A

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Hi Louise,
I'm glad your husband has had good experiences, also! I have to admit, I put it off for 2 years as I was apprehensive, then a friend who has had colon cancer encouraged me to go get it done. Now I join him in urging people to have the test!

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Hi Holly...I think you hit the nail on the head when you said, "If it was this easy for me, I'm betting it will be way easier for most!!" It is so easy and the worst part as everyone says, is the prep. My DH has many health problems and has had no problem with his screenings, either.


 
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Ok so the prep is the worst part. Yeah, instead of calling it movi prep they should think up another name. But once that was down I had no big problems like I have heard others say. I wouldnít take a ride to town or anything but it wasnít bad.

This morning I had to be at the hospital at 7:30. They had me change into a gown, started an IV, did blood pressure and asked the normal questions. The anesthesia guy came to talk to me because they knew I was VERY nervous as I have a cardiac arrhythmia (yes they allowed me to take my heart meds this am).

They came and got me, wheeled me down the hall, ran some fentanyl, versed, and pro something in and the next thing Iknow the doc is talking and I'm looking at my innards onscreen (I had asked if I could I'm fascinated by that kind of thing) so I only saw the last little bit. NO pain. NO discomfort. Apparently at the "big" hospital an hour away where most people go they donít use sedative or any anesthesia...I'm SO glad I went to this one!!

Ok so then they make you sing a tune, as in pass gas, and thatís it. Back to my cubicle, BP again, talk to the doc (who said like many I have diverticulosis but no polyps and no other problems and no treatment necessary) and they said get dressed you can go!! wow. So I had 7:30 to 10. Yes, thatís it. They said no lifting or heavy exercise today. No other instructions but the normal--if you have pain, call, if you have bleeding, call, you can take all your meds now, etc.

Soo folks. I was apprehensive. I have mega medical problems and was really worried about the procedure with them. I shouldnít have been. This wasnít embarrassing, or yucky, or anything. DO IT!!! Really, I mean it. If it was this easy for me, I'm betting it will be way easier for most!!


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