Monday, August 1, 2011
Save the world:save your life./ABC Letter C for Colon and Colonoscopy
This week, my challenge is one that people don't like to talk about. It is about our colon aka large intestine/bowel and colonoscopy. Sometimes, if we have irregular bowel movement, it is best to check it out just in case we have cancer. Polyps can be seen and removed before it develops to cancer.
A healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables helps. We are told to eat 5 portions of fruits and vegetable. Psyllium husks helps both ways, when you go too frequently or you don't go.
A friend went for a colonoscopy recently. Three days before, she mustn't eat fruits or food with pips and tiny seeds. The day before, she had to take light breakfast and light lunch. The evening before, she took the Moviprep, a solution that is a laxative. It doesn't taste nice and is very salty.
By then, she had completely emptied her bowel from faecal material after going very frequently. During the examination, She was sedated and a small camera takes photos.
For all her trouble, the doctor told her she passed her warranty of fitness, aka WOF.
She can't drive to the hospital and after the procedure for 10 hours. So I went with her. I waited for her procedure and drove her home.
Sorry if you are having your lunch or dinner. But it can save your life. While I was waiting for my friend, the surgery was very busy.