Scour the people

As you read this, Roger is up and around after having gone through a colonoscopy, and of course we hope that they found none of the things that one hopes not to find with this procedure.

The actual procedure, as I recall, is the easy part. What comes beforehand is something entirely different:

[W]hat really makes this experience, uh, memorable is the preparatory regimen, which seems to involve chugging the contents of a lava lamp — assuming you can find a lava lamp that holds four liters — and then waiting while it scours the inside of your system like so much of Grandma’s lye soap.

I wrote this a few weeks before actually going on the table, but I stand by my description of the prep. What I said when it was all said and done:

I really don’t remember a whole lot about it, or even how long it lasted; today’s high-quality anesthetics apparently work faster than a half-hour of MSNBC, and with fewer mind-numbing aftereffects.

Even then, I was well-Versed.


  1. Roger Green »

    25 June 2013 · 6:43 pm

    Thanks for the well wishes. One small, probably benign polyp, but I’ll know for sure in 7 to 10 days.
    Yes, the prep’s worse than the surgery, though not as bad as I had remembered from a decade ago.

  2. jsallison »

    25 June 2013 · 8:09 pm

    I woke up every time the blasted thing negotiated a corner, fortunately don’t have to do it again for 10 years…

  3. Jeffro »

    25 June 2013 · 9:37 pm

    I slept quite comfortably through the procedure, but it’s the prep that got to me. Drink the specially mixed fluid until you just about pop – wondering if you’ll ever have the room to drink more, then finding out your bod is making the room right away, thank you very much.


  4. CGHill »

    26 July 2013 · 3:26 am

    I have never quite looked forward to that sort of thing.

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