Wild deer cavorts with dog (video)

All back and recovered from colonoscopy-land. I was in no mood to post yesterday, all headache-y and stuff from not having eaten. But had a great night’s sleep, and all is better.

The procedure, as everyone says, is a cakewalk because you’re asleep. My doc prefers to knock you completely out, which means giving you a drug that doesn’t give you retroactive amnesia. I’ve had the amnesia before, during my cataract surgery, and it’s quite disconcerting. I wouldn’t quite call this a restful nap, what I had yesterday, but at least you’re out and then you’re up, and no worse the wear.

This has nothing to do with a colonoscopy.

This has nothing to do with a colonoscopy.

I know one commenter, at least, in my earlier post mentioned not going for colonoscopies, that they know they should, but just couldn’t bring themselves to going. And yeah, the prep kind of sucks (a lot), but one day of prep is a lot better than a very short life of colon cancer. (Another friend just told me he doesn’t go for regular physical exams — you know who you are.)

Look, I totally get the fear of going to the doctor, the fear of getting test results for cancer, heart problems, HIV, or STDs. But you’re really not making the fear go away by not getting tested. Some day, if you have any of those problems, and don’t get them checked before, you’re going to be in a lot worse shape than had you just gotten the test.

End of screed.

And now, a dog and a wild deer play in a backyard.

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  • Indigo

    Yaaay! And the deer-dog cavort is adorable.

  • Yeah I couldn’t have coffee on the day of the procedure and the green tea wasn’t enough caffeine, I’m sure that was it. Though I do get migraines from not eating too. But it’s better than cancer :)

  • Honestly I was expecting worse from the prep. The stuff I took to prepare is called suprep, it’s pretty disgusting but is better than the old stuff that was a gallon of medicine you had to drink. And the procedure itself was a cake walk. You might want to ask the doc about using propofol as the anesthetic. It Knocks you out totally, no amnesia, and you wake up pretty quickly. But very glad to hear the news!

  • mwdavis

    I listened. Thanks for being open about this. I’ll buck up and . . . make the call.

  • bkmn

    Knowledge is power.
    The only thing you have to fear is fear itself.

    Especially if you have a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or any other chronic condition you need to establish a relationship with a physician.

  • Dave of the Jungle

    Which do you hate more:

    1) Periodic colonoscopies?

    2) Dying of an illness that could have been treated earlier?

    It’s up to you to decide.

  • Hue-Man

    John, happy to hear everything went well.

    The people you describe are the ones who also walk around for a week with the envelope with their college exam results in their pocket. They seem to think it’s a Schrödinger’s Cat type of envelope that might contain only A’s as long as they don’t open it!

  • emjayay

    Not getting checkups is just sub-juvenile. The blood test can show stuff going wrong you don’t know about otherwise. A simple visual skin check can save your life. A not quite as simple colonoscopy or endoscopy if indicated can too. Jeeze. Grow up, whoever you are.

    Getting entirely put under instead of half way for various things is way better, once you get past signing the thing that says it can kill you of course.

  • nomoremister

    Fasts for medical procedures make me headachy because of caffeine withdrawal. Maybe that’s what happened to you….

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