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March 15, 2019

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In 2010 I was having some blood on my turds. Finally, after spraying blood all over a public toilet I thought it best to see a specialist. Turned out I had a very large neoplasm (tumor) in my rectum. "One of the largest I have ever seen" said the surgeon. It turned out to be benign (if a giant tumor can be considered benign), but the surgeon was sure it would have become cancerous eventually and killed me.

Since then I have had several follow-up colonoscopies with no further issues. I resent waking up from the propophol. It's really a profound sleep but the nurses want you out of there asap, so there is no lingering in happy nappy time.

My wife had a colonoscopy last year that put her in the hospital for five days after emergency abdominal surgery to repair a perforation done by the gastroenterologist who performed the colonoscopy, and he wasn't even trying to remove a polyp. He just fucked up doing routine scoping. He wasn't a rookie. He had been performing 10 procedures a day for fifteen years with only one other similar incident. Maybe that was the problem and he needed a break.

There are risks in the procedure as in any medical procedure/surgery. I was surprised to find out that nationwide the perforation rate is about 5%. Most of those occur in the process of snipping a polyp.They keep that statistic on the down low. I still think it's worth the risk for most people because colon cancer is common and largely preventable/curable if found early.

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