Friday, October 9, 2009

And Now...

A message from our sponsor...

It's been almost four weeks since Richard had his surgery. He's doing well, but his recovery has been slow going. I know he will be 100% again soon, but I'm a bit frustrated that he even had to go through this. Hindsight is, as they say, 20 - 20.

At his age he should have had a colonoscopy a long time ago. But, at 62 his Dr. only ordered a sigmoidoscopy. Now, at 66 they discovered the large polyp that couldn't be removed without major surgery. Don't get me wrong - I am so thankful that it was discovered and that it COULD be resolved with surgery. I'm thankful that it wasn't cancer. But, if the colonoscopy had been performed four years ago he may not have had to go through this surgery.

I shouldn't play the "what if" game. I should just be thankful for the blessing that we received... and as I said - I truly am. However, if ONE positive thing can come out of all of this - I want to pass along this advice to all our family and friends. If you are 50 or older, PLEASE make an appointment for your colonoscopy. If there is someone in your life is that is 50 or older, pass this information along and make sure that they get theirs done too. It not only could save your life - but it could save you a fairly major surgery and unnecessary pain and discomfort.

Now, we return you to our regularly scheduled programming....

3 comments:

Patty said...

Been there and done that. I to was lucky. Mine was caught in the yearly stool sample they use to do, not sure if they still do them or not. Doctor did the sig in his office and saw a mass of something, wasn't sure what, so within two days I was in seeing a specialist and having a colonoscopy done. The second time I had to clean myself out wasn't as bad, since I didn't really eat anything from the first time except liquids. Mine was the size of a golf ball and thank goodness they didn't have to do any surgery. So then I had to have one every year for three years, then I was able to go five years, then they found a few little ones, so I went back to every three years. Just had one done a year ago this coming Nov. Abe had his first one last Dec. I kept telling him to have it checked, finally the family doctor told him, it's time. I tried telling Abe the worse part was drinking all the liquid getting prepared for the procedure.
Good luck to your husband.

laura said...

That's great that you're putting the word out there!

Megan said...

Well said! We are so glad that Richard is doing well though, even if he had to go down the more difficult road.

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