Since its been more than 10 years since my last, which was also my first, colonoscopy, AND since my brother is in treatment right now for stage 4 colon cancer, I went this morning for a colonoscopy.
Yesterday was a day of liquids only fasting and flushing. I started the morning with a glass of water into which I added a packet of powder for a laxative product called Picoprep. Nothing to report on that, the taste is lemony, you mix it with only 150ml of water, and drink, then every hour drink 250ml of clear liquids, your choice, just nothing colored red or creamy. I had made a big batch of vegetable broth so drank quite a bit of that, plus lots of water. Then 12 hours after your first laxative drink you do your 2nd, and continue your liquids till bedtime. In the morning, prior to going in for your procedure drink nothing.
I used the Centro de Endoscopia del Sureste, here is their webpage, http://www.centrodeendoscopia.com.mx
This morning, when I arrived I gave a bit of information and was taken to a cubicle and told to put on a dressing gown and pair of paper boxers. Then I was given a needle for a water mix into which the anesthesiologist would inject the drugs for the procedure. The anesthesiologist came to the cubicle, checked on me, asked questions, and left.
You stay on the bed from the cubicle, and get wheeled into the procedure room, The doctor administering the exam chats with you while the techs finish what little prep is required, while this was happening I drifted off, next thing I know I am being talked to and told all is healthy with my colon, intestine, and lower intestine.
I get wheeled back to the cubicle and start deep breathing to clear the anesthesia, one of the techs comes, removes the needle, and I get dressed. As I am leaving I pay at the desk and receive my written report, complete with pictures. Oh, and if you should desire, you can get a dvd for an additional 300 pesos.
The procedure itself cost 3800pesos, and 1800pesos for the anesthesiologist. The picoprep was 350pesos.
Oh, and if you take a loved one with, you must have someone with you to drive, they go in to the exam with you. I imagine you could choose not to have someone with you, but it made me feel much more comfortable knowing Tom was there watching my back.
I looked for a cute clipart graphic, but seriously, there is no way to make a cute colonoscopy clipart, so I have opted for a kitty picture instead