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Results of my mom's colonoscopy

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My mom was scheduled for a colonoscopy on Monday. She started prepping her body for the procedure early Monday morning. Her appointment was at 8 am so she had to start drinking cleansing fluids around 4 or 5 am. She had a prescription for polyethylene glycol powder that she mixed with Gatorade. It can't be a pleasant experience drinking 64 oz of what seems to be runny Kaopectate. I was confused about the prescription because polyethylene glycol is something that is used in antifreeze. I guess there must some variation of it that can be safely used for the human body.

Anyway, we got to the hospital on time for check-in and them prepping her for the procedure there. She was already a bit nervous from the colonoscopy she had a year ago (they found a cancerous growth that had spread). To add a little bit more nervousness to this, the doctor was running about 45 minutes late. The procedure took about 30 minutes and then we waited for him to give us the results.

When the doctor arrived, he stated that nothing was found and she should return in 5 years for her next colonoscopy. That was great news for both of us. Mom was kind of worried because the colonoscopy she had a year ago led to surgery. At that time, they found a cancerous growth that had spread. She was in surgery the following day and had 12-14 inches of her lower intestines removed. Afterwards, she underwent chemotherapy for 6 months (as a precaution to ensure that all the cancer was removed from her body). This time she didn't have to go through that again. What a relief!!
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    my mom is 6 years cancer free now after having colon cancer - a huge sigh of relief for your mom and you. Great news!!

    3685 days ago
    I'll be having my first ever routine colonoscoy next week and I hope I get results as good as your Mom's! Great news and I am sure you are all relieved!!
    3693 days ago
    That is GREAT news--colonoscopies are not fun (actually it's the prep that's so nasty, not the actual procedure), but they can save your life. So glad that the results were good this time and she doesn't have to go back for 5 years, that has to be a huge relief to you both!
    3694 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    great , I ben praying for you and your mom will now pray in thanksgiving. So happy for you guys.
    3694 days ago
    Wonderful for you both - that so scary to have to worry about. Glad to hear she is doing ok and that she won't have to have it again for 5 years.
    It's a wonder what medical science can do and find.
    3694 days ago
    What fantastic news for your mom - and you! Happy dance!!!

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    3694 days ago
    So happy for you and your mom. I went through something very much like her. Whohoo!!!!
    3694 days ago
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