It shouldn’t really be too much of a surprise, really it shouldn’t. Colonoscopies are most definitely a big part of getting diagnosed, and living with colonoscopies. Maybe you can think of it as the ultimate test of how your ulcerative colitis is doing. Maybe not the most fun test you’ve ever taken before, but a test none the less.
I’ve had one colonoscopy so far, and today is going to be my second one, and funny enough, I’m looking forward to it. Quite a different story compared to 4 years ago when I was just about to get diagnosed, that’s for sure.
There’s a couple of steps that I decided to take for this colonoscopy which I’m hoping will help the doctor get some really good looks at my inner colon. First, I’ve eaten pretty lightly for the day leading up to the actual scope. Yesterday, I didn’t stop and eat at the Mexican restaurant, and I didn’t make up a big fat steak or burger for dinner. Instead, I had some chicken soup last night, that my wife thankfully prepared for me. Nothing special, but there will be plenty of time for some good food later on after this little procedure is taken care of.
The whole process is nothing to be scared of. I can say that now since I’ve already been diagnosed with UC, and I know that life after a UC diagnosis is not the end of the world. You want to know what’s really going on inside, even if you’ve been in denial with strange symptoms for years and years, or only a few days, I’m sure you’ll feel better after a doctor takes the camera up inside of you and checks out what’s really going on.
Simply follow the colonscopy preparation procedures (This time I’m taking one called MoviPrep from a company called Salix) and try to enjoy the forced bathroom bowel movements when they start happening.
Best of luck,