Monday, November 06, 2006

I survived it. (No "real" photos)

May I never have to go through that again.
I had the colonoscopy today and lived to tell the tale.
It went quite smoothly.
The doctor removed two polyps:
and he took multiple biopsies (isn't that a Scary word??) to check for a fairly rare condition called microscopic colitis:
There are two types of microscopic colitis; lymphocytic colitis and collagenous colitis. In lymphocytic colitis, there is an accumulation of lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) within the lining of the colon. In collagenous colitis, there is an additional layer of collagen (scar tissue) just below the lining. Some experts believe that lymphocytic colitis and collagenous colitis represent different stages of the same disease.
This type of colitis is only seen when a tissue sample is examined under a microscope. So I will have to wait a week until the results are back.
So, there you have it.
Thank you, everyone, for your good wishes and attempts at humor.
And thanks to Jim, the Yak Herder, for updating everyone while I was doped up today.
I now give you a respite from all this talk of colons and biopsies, with a contraband photo I took at the Cincinnati Art museum a few years ago. There was an exhibition of some Monet paintings, and I was taking pictures, when a guard came over and said that I couldn't because the paintings were on loan, blah blah blah. So I stopped, but I still got a good one of one of the "Waterlilies" paintings. Hee hee.


LauraHinNJ said...

Glad it went okay and you got those polyps outta there! They lead to bad things.

Any explanation yet for your tummy troubles?

Pretty lilies. Much better than the alternative!


MojoMan said...

I'm glad to read that that's 'behind' you, and that all the tests go well.

NatureWoman said...

I'm glad that's over with for you. I thought about you all day yesterday!
Ohhh, Monet, Waterlilies, love them both, ohhh. Were you using the flash? The museum I volunteer at doesn't mind me taking photos because I work there as long as there isn't a flash.

The Swami said...

It was good that you had your colonoscopy when you did. I understand that next year, as a cost-saving measure, healthcare plans are subcontracting colonoscopies to Roto-Rooter.

-llm. said...

Glad you survived! And, glad you didn't have to use the aforementioned Roto-Rooter option! Oh my!

Mary said...

I, too, thought of you yesterday and hoping you still had your sense of humor with you. Glad it's over! I'm crazy about the water lilies.

Endment said...

Glad you survived. I send you a great big arm load of sympathy!
Hope you have good news when the results come in! It is so difficult waiting for that phone call.

birdchick said...

Glad to hear you passed with minimal gas.

Susan Gets Native said...

Har har, Sharon.

Anonymous said...

RATS!!! I've been waiting trying to come up with a fart joke! Of course the Chick beat me to it!