It was interesting that after a morning of only clear liquids, I had no appetite. Is this why everyone does those cleanses? I noticed that there’s a lot of them on the drug store shelves. The Acai berry cleanse, the Jillian Michael’s cleanse. I need to make the Nurse Barb cleanse. I know just what I’ll use, but it’s a trade secret that we used in the hospital when things were really backed up.
Let me tell you, the pre-colonoscopy prep is like the Navy Seal, Special Forces Cleanse. The instructions say, “If possible, be close to a restroom.” I would modify that and say, “Don’t plan to leave the restroom for the next 3-5 hours and forget about sleeping through the night.” I was so tired that I was asleep before they gave me the IV relaxants, which if you haven’t guessed already, I’m still under the influence of. All in all, it wasn’t as bad as people say. And guess what? A screening colonoscopy can save your life. And likely saved mine. I had 2 polyps that were small and look to be non-cancerous, however if I had skipped this and not had a colonoscopy for 3 more years, guess what: They would more than likely be cancerous. Just sayin……
Most people are surprised to learn that about 50,000 people die from colon cancer in the US every year, with women accounting for 1/2 of that number. Breast cancer deaths are about 40,000 with women accounting for 99% of the number. Bottom line, sorry I can’t help myself with the puns, is GET YOUR COLONOSCOPY! And go ahead and have vodka or beer during the prep.