The time: an evening in mid-September. We were finished with the bat mitzvah celebration, and two weeks away from the Eagle Scout celebration.
The place: the Common Household
The feeling: exhaustion from too many celebrations
Husband: After the Eagle Scout ceremony, we don’t have to have any more parties until Thanksgiving, right?
Me: Thanksgiving isn’t really a party. But you’re right. No more special events until, until, until…
I searched around in my head for the next big event, and finally remembered one big event that was looming for me...
Me: …. until my colonoscopy.
I hadn’t really meant to blurt this out, but this procedure had been on my mind. I needed to make my appointment, and had put it off since June, because of all these other parties.
Husband: You’re going to have a party for your colonoscopy? Actually, that would be great – most of our friends are in their fifties.
(My husband had his a few years ago, but I've never had one. He knows that he could have fun at this party without any of the 'preparation' for it.)
Me: Yeah – we could all schedule our colonoscopies for the same day! The day before, we could have a party and do jello shots!
Husband: Jello shots, chicken broth, water….hmm.
Me: Then the next day we would all show up at the hospital at the same time and have the procedure.
Husband: And then afterwards you could have a really great party!
Me: What would we serve?
Husband: Well, it’s got to be high-fiber food. You’d have to serve a lot of fruits and vegetables, and shredded wheat. Those doctors tell every single person coming out of a colonoscopy that they need to follow a high-fiber diet.
Me: So when should I have my colonoscopy?
Husband: If my mother was scheduling it for you, she would make it for the day after Thanksgiving. She always scheduled my orthodontist appointments for right before or right after Thanksgiving, so my teeth were always hurting, and I couldn’t properly enjoy the Thanksgiving meal or the leftovers.
Me: It’s not up to your mother. It depends on your schedule, because you have to be there to provide transportation and to listen to the doctor’s schpiel about a high fiber diet while I am coming out of the anesthesia.
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I now have The Procedure scheduled for a day well after Thanksgiving. A colonoscopy is probably like painting a room: the preparation is far worse and more tedious than the actual procedure. There are some risks involved with the colonoscopy procedure, but I’m willing to take those risks in the hopes of avoiding colon cancer. If you’re over 50, and you haven’t had a colonoscopy yet, I encourage you to go ahead and make a party of it.