Aug 30, 2012


Most people prepare for the new school year with pens and pencils and new folders and notebooks and such.

Me, I prepare with colonoscopies.

Yup.  Call it TMI, but suffice it to say that today involves a lot of Jell-o and clear liquids, and tomorrow I will be trying to pretend that I'm at Canyon Ranch enjoying a "rejuvenating cleansing" that will result in shinier skin and a healthy glow.

Truth be told, I don't have one thing to complain about when it comes to these things.  My physician, Dr. Mark, is a rock star and has become a trusted member of Team Spinster over the years.  He has what can only be described as an appropriate sense of humor for somebody that spends the better part of a day looking at people's heineys, so you have to love that about him and not take the "turn over onto your left side" thing too seriously.

I don't get this test every year because I like writing about it.  I get it because Mom died at the tender age of 54 from metastatic colon cancer, and her mother/our gramdmother died a few months before her of the exact same thing.  Combine that with the medical wonder that is me, and you've got a surety that a small bit of inconvenience every twelve months will probably save my life.  Add that to the sad fact that Aunt Chrissy and I are the last of the Mohicans when it comes to this part of the family tree, and you've got yourself a "shut up and get this done" reason that precludes any discomfort on my part.

So eat your vegetables, do what your doctors tell you, and suck it up and go get yourself checked out every now and then.  And if the thought of this type of procedure doesn't blow your skirt up, consider the fact that celebrities everywhere pay tens of thousands of dollars for colonic irrigations that don't come with the added bonus of photographic evidence that you might be around a little while longer to aggravate the hell out of your family members.

End of public health advisory.....

Progress continues on Lavender Fields.  I'm still struggling with my color selection, but I think that once everything is stitched I'll like the result.  After another slug of Gatorade, methinks it's time to hit the Happy Chair.


  1. Hope you get a clean slate tomorrow! Stitch on.


  2. Coni, best of luck to you tomorrow as you get your screening taken care of. Take care!

    Robin in Virginia

  3. I had one last February...ugh. The doc was a nice guy with a good sense of humour though. Maybe you have to be like that to look up peoples butts all day?

    Loving your stitching!

    Kisses to Stewy and Bosco...

  4. Be sure and wear your pretty girl panties. :) Love your latest stitching...

  5. Good PSA!! I had my first one last November and it was nothing. I agree...well worth the discomfort for the peace of mind!

    Lavender Fields looks very pretty! I think it would make a nice pillow when done!

  6. It's not the procedure that's a pain -- it's the d&$^m prep! Unless you have a taste for swamp water.

    Relax and enjoy, and I do see that your reasons are quite valid.

    The stitching is coming along nicely.

  7. I have my biannual in November. I'm thinking of you as you drink that sludge. Have a nice rest tomorrow. And eat something real good.

  8. I hear you sister. My father died of it, my ex-husband's wife died in her early 50s from it and my hubby's father also. I need one this year and also a mammogram. I know that is TMI for you, but I'm just saying......keep on that soap box. If it helps just one person...

  9. I had one done today! And the test itself isn't bad, like someone said, it's the prep that is miserable! My doc is a good one too. He told me "night, night" as he was putting me under!

    He got "behind" today and I didn't get home until 6 this evening. Ugh. Hope yours goes well!

  10. 3 of my 4 grandparents suffered from colon cancer, so I had to get an early screening, and go more regularly than most. Oh, joy.

    Hope you're feeling better and get to enjoy a great meal - tomorrow.

  11. I had my first one last week. I agree...the prep was disgusting! But the procedure itself was pretty much nothing. The anesthesiologist told me he was going to give me propyphol(sp?), the Michael Jackson drug. I made him promise not to leave the room to make phone calls to his girlfriend while I was under. As I was leaving after the procedure I saw him and said, "Goodbye, Dr. Murray!" He laughed...thankfully! I have to say, now that I've had it I know why MJ liked it so much!

  12. So glad you are getting this done so regularly. I have a dear friend, who, after much nagging, will be getting her first screening the end of this year! Hubby and I are getting ours done the end of September...not the same day, as that could cause bathroom complications! Hope it goes well for you!

  13. And remember that next month is National Boob Squish month!! I'm liking the stained glass look of Lavender Fields. Pretty!

  14. Love yhour lavender progress! Good luck tomorrow - so glad you are taking care of you - the world just wouldn't be the same without you in it!!