New Leaves in My Medical World
I’m happy to report that my colonoscopy on Friday showed that all was well in my rear. No signs of polyps, no signs of complications – it was as pretty as a colon could be. And lucky for you, in just a short time, you’ll be able to see it. In an effort to save lives and show people that getting a colonoscopy isn’t all that bad, I had my friend film my colonoscopy process from start to finish. I turned over a new leaf, and added a new notch to my “colonoscopy veteran” belt. It’s been great to watch Katie Couric and Dr. Oz go on TV and do the same thing, but I wanted to give everyone in Kansas City a very local look at what a colonoscopy is like. So – we taped my scope. And my prep. (Well not the actual prep, but what I took and how it works.) And soon, you’ll be able to see it. It’s in post”erior”- production right now. HAHA. Oh man I’m funny.
Another fun new leaf that’s been turned for me over the past two weeks is (what I feel) a unique understanding of my doctors. Or at least they’re just now starting to communicate in a new way. In the past, if I entered the office with anxiety or fear, they’d try to tell me I had nothing to worry about. And I did appreciate that since the whole cancer thing is sort of big and scary. But the past two visits I’ve had this month, both of my doctors have made mention that they understand how I feel – or that at least they can see that I enter their office with anxiety and occasional fear. Although they are still confident that I shouldn’t really have anything to worry about, at least they do see that from my perspective, it is unsettling to face scan after scan, scope after scope, never knowing how they will turn out. It’s a constant struggle to find faith and peace in the midst of routine follow-ups. So it’s been really nice to have their understanding. Makes me realize even more that I’ve got a great team of physicians who don’t only care about my charts, but care about me as a person.