hello, friends. this is an fyi to all that the doctors have informed me i must have a colonoscopy on friday (lovely!). so, don't call me friday, because i'll be on drugs and might not know who you are and incidentally offend you.
just to get as nitty gritty as possible, and for those of you who don't know, i have a history of colon cancer on both sides of my family. that, coupled with a life-long intestinal disorder have lead both my primary care physician and my gastrointestinal specialist, aka Pretty Boy, to insist on this procedure asap despite my youth. they are both working under the assumption that it is better to get it out of the way in case anything is wrong, and eliminate possibilities assuming that everything is fine.
i am terrified, but want to do this to get it over with. i am mostly scared because i have never been under any type of anesthetic before, do not take any prescription drugs and have never taken anything stronger than penicillin, phenergen once (do NOT take that, by the way), and hydrocodone after a tough dental procedure, and i am scared of the possibility of a resultant allergy (which can kill you). i have been assured by the nurse that the drugs they use are well tolerated, they have reversal agents in the event of an allergy, and that i will be carefully monitored as a knock-out-virgin.
furthermore, my father's cancer, which was stage four and almost killed him, was found after this procedure. he went in for it, and woke up in a post-op hospital room with 11 inches of his colon missing. they went on and took him so he did not have to prep again and because it was so serious. i realize the likelihood of that happening to me is next to nothing, but i am scared nonetheless.
so for all you big booties out there, this one's for you.... if anyone needs me this weekend, i'll be snuggled on my couch with a white cat.