4 Tips To a Happy Colonoscopy!
What is a happy colonoscopy? Glad you asked. Well, it’s like a 3-day event that culminates in a very personal experience. Like the wedding rehearsal, the wedding rehearsal dinner and then there’s the actual wedding. Today we move the Colonoscopy from the embarrassing, to the life-affirming column. As you get older this once secret conversation becomes public…Have you had a colonoscopy yet?...No not yet…. Well you just wait and see!...You better get on top of that.
So now let me tell you about mine…😊
A colonoscopy is the test during which a doctor places a flexible tube into the colon to look for problems. It can detect tumors while they're curable, and identify polyps to be removed before they become cancerous. Why is this important? “Colon cancer is among the most common – and preventable – cancers: nearly 140,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer each year in the US and more than 50,000 people die of the disease annually. This makes it the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death in the US.”* This is after lung and bronchial cancer. Breast cancer is actually 3rd. Did you know that?
Tomorrow morning, I undergo my 2nd colonoscopy. Yesterday, I could only eat white stuff I normally try to stay away from like flour, chicken and white potatoes. So I treated myself to Chick-Fil-A. Today, I can only have clear liquids, and this evening I must drink a gallon cocktail of Gatorade and laxatives. Then I’ll poop away a clear passage so that the doctor can see clearly. Tomorrow I’ll be heavily sedated and won’t feel a thing, so the real work is in the preparation and overcoming the intrusion.
File these tidbits away for when it’s time for your colonoscopy. And forward this to anyone who could benefit by embracing prevention, instead of resisting the method. Trust me when I tell you that colon cancer is some serious shit.
Here are 4 things that you can do to make your colonoscopy event a happy one:
Prepare: Buy the Gatorade and laxatives early so you don’t have to worry about anything.
Plan: Treat yourself on white food day! Enjoy knowing that it’s going to be flushed away post haste. 😊
Rest: Take advantage of a couple of days away from the hard workouts. You’re going to be hungry enough.
Practice: Use mindfulness to your advantage. On liquid diet day notice how hunger feels in your body and in your mood. Then have empathy with those who are truly hungry every day. And when you wonder how in the world am I going to make it through the day (like I feel right now), practice gratitude. Here are some affirmations to get you going.
I have gratitude that:
This test can prevent a common cancer that is present in my family history.
I have medical insurance.
My gut is being flushed out allowing for a fresh start to eating clean.
I have time off of work to take care of my health…A No-Guilt zone.
I have someone to drive me. And who will hold a space of wellbeing for me and the hospital team during the procedure.
It works! I’m still hungry but, as with most things, gratitude helps. I have the mindfulness to appreciate the value of the test, and to eat in a way that improves my overall wellbeing. And so do you. Spread the word.
UGottaEat…So Eat (or don’t eat) Mindfully.
* Understanding the results of Your Colonoscopy by Robert Schmerling, MD from Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, April 18, 2018.