01 July 2009

I'm Looking Forward To Another Nap

I have a little free-floating anxiety on the cancer front.

Because both of my parents had polyps discovered via colonoscopy, I was considered a candidate for early scopes, that is, before turning 50. I had the first when I was just past 40, and I had another a couple of weeks ago.

I laid in a supply of peach jello and lemon drops, and drank my cocktail, gallons of salty viscous liquid, like bad Gatorade, gagging all the way. The preparation for the colonoscopy is AWFUL, but the procedure itself is nothing. I had it done in the hospital, and spent the waiting time pre- and post-procedure eyeballing the nurses and wondering which ones were the drug addicts. (I’d seen Nurse Jackie for the first time the night before – have you seen it?)

My doctor found a tiny polyp, and removed it, and a larger one, which he biopsied. A week later, his nurse called up and said breezily “it’s benign, but he wants to see you for a follow-up”. Oh sure.

It turns out that the larger polyp isn’t a polyp at all – but a sessile serrated adenoma – something half way between a polyp (which is simply benign) and an adenoma (which is possibly precancerous) – and in fact, it’s a category of growth that didn’t exist until pathologists decided it really was different a few years ago.

So it might be pre-cancerous, and I have to drink another six quarts of salty viscous liquid, and it has to come out.

But, the nap I had after I got home from the procedure? Was the best four hour nap EVER. I’m looking forward to another one of those.

42 comments:

Life As I Know It said...

Hope everything turns out ok. At least you have a good nap to look forward to.
Good luck!

susan said...

Good naps are wonderful things--although I'm wishing you happier occasions for taking them, and good news arriving via tests, too.

soher529 said...

The prep is so awful and the nap such a wonderful reward... Hope it's just a good nap after all

Phantom Scribbler said...

Oy. Wishing you a good nap, and no further worries from it.

Ree said...

I'm so glad there's a bright side! ;-)

Julie Pippert said...

Oh friend. (hug)

You'd be surprised how very much I know about those adenomas and why---or maybe not. It's my dog and we go through this every couple of years with him. His are even atypical, because the pathologist, oncologist & surgeon were just a little *too* excited talking about the abnormal stringiness of it and how much time they spent that day with the sample and a microscope.

God love geek vets.

Anyway, he gets a good nap out of it too.

I hope like him yours is easily removed, all is well, and you get a good nap.

Florinda said...

I'm sure after all of that, the nap will be very welcome! Best of luck, and I hope it all turns out well.

melscolorfulmetaphors said...

Oh my! I'll be thinking the positive vibes for you so!

Mine came back clear this time, thank goodness, but I still have to go back every two years since they found stuff when I was so young.

And yeah. That stuff is VILE! But as an experiment I weighed myself before and after, and wouldn't you know I lost four pounds. Just proves that I'm full of it. :)

Am I doing okay? said...

I HAVE been watching the Nurse Jackie. I kinda like it. I'm not 100% sure where it's going. Is she just w/ the pharmacist for drugs? What do you think of her mothering?

the mama bird diaries said...

I'm sorry about the stress. Hope everything is ok. :)

alejna said...

I hope everything goes smoothly, and that the nap is phenomenal.

wheelsonthebus said...

now that's the way to look on the bright side.

love nurse jackie

mayberry said...

Take care and enjoy the hell out of that nap.

nonlineargirl said...

Um, glad you have something to look forward to?

flutter said...

peach jello and a nap? hell yeah. cancer? Hell no.

phd in yogurtry said...

six quarts? holy crap.

Lady M said...

ooof. That prep drink is terrible - my husband had to do an early colonoscopy in March and I'm certainly not looking forward to mine.

I hope that the next procedure goes smoothly.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I'm so glad they're catching all this early.

Did I ever tell you about the time I had to get my six-year old son to drink 4,000 liters of GoLytely. Good times (not).

Woman in a Window said...

That they're keeping on it is such a good thing. In Canada, sure it's free, but they'd make you go through the self serve aisle somewhere to take care of it. And with such a healthy attitude, you'll do just fine.

kate said...

Blech. Now I'm thinking about that horrible drink.

Wish you didn't have to drink it again, but way to look on the bright side. I hope everything is fine.

de said...

Good lord. In this case I'd go with the "nuke 'em all and sort 'em out later policy."

FreshHell said...

Yikes - I hope everything comes out alright. Pun intended. I've had barium enema tests done before and I imagine the prep is the same. Dreadful. Best of luck.

Also, MANY THANKS to you and Mir for the birthday card to Red. That was incredibly sweet of you. She loved the tatoos!

The LIbrary Lady said...

Yuck. I am not looking forward to those tests--and we too have a family history, so I know my turn is coming soon.

Thinking good thoughts for an easy procedure and a splendid followup nap.

InTheFastLane said...

At least you got a nap. I did not enjoy the prep for mine that I just had last year. don't want to do that again for awhile. i had one non-scary polyp. I hope that your kinda scary one turns out to be fine.

heidi said...

Jealous of the nap, but not of the spellunking. Be well, my friend.

Nadine said...

Yuk! If it isn't one thing it's another. Hope you have a great nap - and nothing else!

Kyddryn said...

Well gee, sugar, if you want a nap there are better ways to get one! you know...like climbing a mountain or swimming in the sea all day or roving through the woods...

I will accept nothing less than "Oh, huh, it's nothing much after all, just a collection of weirdo cells that are harmless" as a result of your procedure. Please inform your colon and the medical staff. Thank you.

Seriously, darlin' - you're in my thoughts, an what passes for prayer around here.

Shade and Sweetwater (NOT salty, viscous stuff),
K

Furrow said...

Fun times. I hope you'll be done with this particular brand of fun after this one. Sweet dreams.

Aunt Becky said...

Oh Magpie, how freaky. I'm sorry you have to go through all of this. Especially the Go Lytely, which, BLECH. My only advice is to ice it and drink it through a straw with your nose clamped. BLECH.

Hang in there.

Kelly said...

I've never been a fan of uncertainty. I wish you a successful go-around this time, with everything checked and inspected and removed, and a free and clear colon.

S. said...

I hate that waiting-around-to-hear--I am far too prone to catastrophizing. Good luck with all of it.

RuthWells said...

Well, hell. If you're going to have to have anxiety-producing medical procedures, a four-hour-minimum nap is mandatory, I think.

Hang in there.

meno said...

God, i feel for you. Once was enough for me.

But i did lose a few pounds!

Frogs in my formula said...

Four hours sounds like a splendid nap! I hope everything works out. I agree with RuthWells!

painted maypole said...

ack. sorry. i've only been on the... erm... supportive end of this. not looking forward to hitting the real thing.

Aurelia said...

I'm sorry, and I'm hoping that the only result worth discussing after all this is the four pounds you will reputedly be losing.

In fact, after this, I vote for some lovely clothes shopping! Weeee!

cactus petunia said...

Yikes. I'm not looking forward to my first colonoscopy (coming up in a couple of weeks). I think the salty, viscose liquid is what will do me in.

Sorry you've got to do it again!

AnnetteK said...

Agreed that the nap afterward is the best part of the whole ordeal. I'm sorry you have to do it again, but I'm sure you'll feel better once it's out and you have answers. ((hugs))

Maggie May said...

It's great to catch it. I'm so glad you are staying on top of it, and not letting fear scare you away from getting the testing. I'm sorry you have to drink the scum though!

emma said...

Oh dear. Colon cancer runs in my family too. I just turned 40 and have to get a colonoscopy becuase of the family history.
I'm not sure the good nap is making up for the awful prep.
Any words of advice?

Kyla said...

I'm glad they are being thorough and removing the remainder of it, though I am sorry you have to re-prep. Nothing about it sounds like a good time.

Beck said...

:(
I'll be thinking about you. Napping is nice, but not worth ahving to go through THAT.