Thursday, October 21, 2010


I couldn't think of a clever title, so I just came right out and said it.

When you're over fifty, there are certain preventive-maintenance procedures which your doctor recommends. I'm only running about five years late with this one, but after hearing all the stories, I ran out of excuses.

According to Wikipedia, a colonoscopy is:

... the endoscopic examination of the colon and the distal part of the small bowel with a CCD camera or a fiber optic camera on a flexible tube passed through the anus. It may provide a visual diagnosis (e.g. ulceration, polyps) and grants the opportunity for biopsy or removal of suspected lesions.

Now, if that doesn't satisfy you, the U S National Institutes of Health released NIH Publication Number 10–4331, which gives you the lowdown. Click here.

My procedure is tomorrow. If you don't have anything better to pray for ...


Anonymous said...

I prefer a simple occult blood test. If that ever turns up positive, then a 3D cat scan.

Anonymous said...

Had to have one myself 4 years ago. The test itself is easy, it's the prep that's the worst of it (which by now you've had the pleasure to enjoy!) ... Your little sis

Rick said...

No problem. Will you post the pictures later?

David L Alexander said...


How about a picture of me tonight, enjoying a large pizza with at least six toppings?


Thank you for writing, but we like to stay more or less on topic around here. Otherwise, I'd mistake you for spam, and that would be bad.

David L Alexander said...


I'll be sure and ask about the blood test. Maybe for the next procedure in five to ten years. I'll still be here, of course.