Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Unfun But Necessary

Sometimes in life, there are things you have to do that are not fun in any way, shape or form, but you have to do them out of necessity.  It could be doing something as simple as having to put new tires on your car or doing your taxes, but sometimes it's getting a medical test done.  No one likes getting their blood drawn or having their annual well-woman exam, but these things can be real indicators of something being wrong with us.  They suck, but they're important.

I'm about being real on this blog, because even a beautiful life has some bumps in the road.  So, I'll tell you about one of my unfun necessities.  Once every five years I need to have a colonoscopy done.  Most people look horrified when it's brought up, but I'm not afraid to talk about it.  People don't talk about these tests because they think they're gross and only old people get them done.  That's just not so.  Yeah, I admit that they're kinda gross, but it's a procedure that saves lives. 

I feel like I owe my life to getting this procedure done.  I was having some issues when I was 22, so I went to see a specialist.  Since my grandmother died of colon cancer, my specialist had me get a colonoscopy just to be on the safe side.  They were confident that they wouldn't find much since I was only 22, and colon issues are more prevalent in the Over 40 set.  Well, they found a pre-cancerous polyp, and the doctor said that if it hadn't been discovered, I probably would have had full-on colon cancer by the time I was 30.  Yikes.  Talk about an intensely scary, sobering conversation.

My point is this: you have to listen to your body.  It tells you when something isn't right, and you should get it checked out.  Even if it's unpleasant or gross.  It could be something, or it could be nothing.  Just get checked out.  I thanked my lucky stars that I listened to what my body was telling me and saw a specialist about it.

On Monday, I got my colonoscopy, and I'm thrilled that it came back clean--no polyps, no issues.  Getting the procedure done was NOT a fun experience.  In fact, it was worse than my previous two in terms of discomfort and overall embarrassment level.  I'm so glad that I have a husband who can laugh with me about it!  Afterward, I just vegged out on the couch for most of the day because the anesthesia made me feel like a zombie.  But it was over, and I don't have to go back for another 5 years.

Do you have any unfun necessities?  Do you ever put off the inevitable because it's just so unpleasant?  Hopefully I'm not alone here. :)


Nichole said...

Def an uncomfortable subject but necessary! Glad everything came back okay. I was just thinking how I need to get bloodwork done and have been putting it off.

Melissa said...

I have to go to the dermatologist a few times a year to get my skin checked. I've had four biopsies in the past few years (three of which were excisional). Every time I go to the dermatologist I anticipate it resulting in biospies. Definitely not fun.

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