Yesterday I described what happened before and during my colonoscopy Wednesday.

This procedure was required by our insurance company, Cigna, prior to approval for a stem cell transplant I need to help slow my incurable bone marrow cancer, known as multiple myeloma.

As I began to “clear the cobwebs” following my colonoscopy, the post op nurse, Jule, handed me some papers.  They turned out to be a computer generated colonoscopy report.  Now that’s efficient!  I haven’t even gotten up out of bed and changed yet!

Other than Robin’s difficulty starting my IV (understandable, now that I have started my chemotherapy, and my veins know when a needle is coming and disappear deep into my arm…) the experience had approached pleasant.

Everyone was professional.  Things ran smoothly–and on time.  And now, here sits a computer generated report–complete with pictures in my lap–and I’m not even out of bed yet!

The pictures showed what the nurses called a normal appedicial orifice.  Everything looked good–except Dr. Chalasani did remove one small polyp, which would be biopsied. 

The report also showed something I already knew:  I had developed a nasty case of internal hemorrhoids, caused by the “radiation runs” I had been experiencing during the radiation treatments on my right hip for a new myeloma lesion docs discovered there last month.  The last two days of “colon cleansing” certainly contributed to a flair-up.  Ouch!

Apparently there were several other samples taken for biopsy to rule out colitis or any other abnormalities.
Nothing unexpected there.

The pathology report won’t be ready for two weeks.  I’m not going to lose any sleep over this, but it did cause me to pause and reflect about what it would be like to fight cancer on “two fronts.”

But for now, I am to resume taking my warfarin (a blood thinner) to help prevent blood clots which can occur when taking the type of chemotherapy I started on Monday.

You can follow my journey as I battle multiple myeloma on my daily http://www.multiplemyelomablog.com/., or my CaringBridge site:    http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/patkillingsworth.

I know prepping for, and undergoing a colonoscopy isn’t fun.  But if it wasn’t for all the other medical stuff I have been going through recently, it wouldn’t have been a big deal.

Bottom line:  I should have had it done prior to my 55th year!

I’m reminded of this while I reflect back on a conversation I had with a fellow radiation patient a few weeks back.  This older gentleman wasbeing treated for colon cancer.  He had gone to the VA for a colonoscopy after a friend had waited too long–apparently he was in hospice and slowly dying.

While I was still in recovery, I heard nurses telling a middle aged women across the room that her report wasn’t so good.  The doctor had discovered a number of polyps.  This was considered to be the “pre-cancer stage.” 

DON’T WAIT!  If you are over 50 years old, please get a colonoscopy at your first opportunity.  This is one cancer which can be prevented with early intervention. 

I’m glad I went through the experience.  Now, if there were only a way to not have to drink that salty goo…

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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