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:
(Photo courtesy of http://www.upmccancercenters.com)
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.