Yes, it was two years ago tomorrow that I had ‘that surgery’.
In line with my surveillance schedule I saw my consultant last night for my check up and all was OK. My CEA level (this what they use to check that nothing has changed) is still sitting at 1, it was 32 before my surgery.
I am due a colonoscopy and this is booked for the 30th Jan. This is just part of the scheduled check up process.
I know what you’re thinking, “how is he going to do that when Pat does not have a bum anymore?”. The colonoscopy holds no worries for me at all, in fact he said that it is easier as he will go in through Cecil and “there are less bends to get round”, so that should be fun.
However, with the procedure, there comes the dreaded bowel prep. If you never had it, you simply will not understand how utterly revolting the stuff is to drink. 500ml to be drunk the night before and a further 500ml at 6 in the morning on the day. Now, 500ml is not a lot I hear you say? Imagine having to drink even a small amount of something that you dislike intensely. Then, having done that, imagine that you have to get up early the following day to do it all again!!
The good news (my consultant said with a smirk on his face) is that it is ‘supposed’ to taste better. Instead of lemon & ginger (two flavours that nobody has ever asked for in the same drink) this is some sort of tropical fruit cocktail. And, they actually expect you to be taken in by this propaganda!
Anyway, it is designed to clear the bowel out so that when he goes in with his camera he can see better, and boy, does it do that. As I said to the nurse last time, “I am told not to go for a long walk after I’ve taken this”, her reply was “I wouldn’t go for a short walk!”.
That is about it for now, I was told off last time for not updating the blog (yes, that’s you Mr Wakefield!) so wanted to share the good news. I will update again when I have had the colonoscopy but won’t post any pictures!
Take it easy.