Couple’s Colonoscopies

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Some people plan couple’s massages. Not us, we like being a little different (as you may have noticed), so we scheduled couple’s colonoscopies. One of the perks of turning 50 is paying better attention to our health. Having an oncology nurse for one of my best friends hasn’t given me wiggle room with things like mammograms or now this – the dreaded colonoscopy.

We could have done our colonoscopies separately, but we chose to have them “cheek to cheek” rather than lose two weekends to this loveliness.

We took our last bites of food before bed Saturday and woke Sunday morning to a menu of clear liquids only.

Sunday dinner was rather plain – I just couldn’t bring myself to cook when not one bite could go in my mouth. For the most part, I tried to stay out of the kitchen. We had “make your own” yummy sandwiches, good chips, fruit, and ice cream. It was not our typical Sunday fare, but it was just fine.

Then there were two lovely rounds of Suprep – which cleaned us out with amazing efficiency. We did one round at 4:00 Sunday afternoon and the second one at 5:30 Monday morning. To be honest, it was not as bad as I feared. Monday morning, after we drank it down, we sat outside in the cool morning and I told Russ for probably the 100th time how thankful I was that he was doing it with me.

As you would expect, we had numerous laughable moments. My favorite was when I was stuck upstairs in our bathroom and had no idea where Russ was. I called his cell and found that he was being held hostage by the toilet in the basement. We laughed and agreed we’d find each other later.

Another crazy thing is that twenty minutes before we left for our procedures, our water shut off. There was no time to figure it out, but we were SO thankful that it didn’t go out even one hour earlier. I can’t imagine doing this prep without fully functional toilets, or sinks with running water. [Thankfully the well-fixing guy came that afternoon, replaced a part, and we had water by 5:00.]

When we got in the car to go to the surgery center, I told Russ, “The worst is over, this will be the easy part,” and that was true. I’ve got notoriously bad veins, so the IV was a little rough, but not terrible. After that, I went to sleep, then woke up, and it was done. We hung out in recovery for a little while, then Mimi and Samuel picked us up and drove us home, where we proceeded to drink smoothies and take a nap.

You’ll be happy to know that we have stellar colons (and we have the pictures to prove it) and the process will not need to be repeated for ten years. We’re pretty proud of ourselves for getting this done; if you are 50 (or older) do it – it’s not that difficult.

In adoption circles, we talk a lot about self-care for parents; I’m pretty sure this makes us self-care rock stars.

And don’t worry, I’ll remind you to get your mammogram in December when I get mine.

Lisa

 

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

12 Comments

  1. Laura
    August 19, 2014

    Well you are better than us since we are almost 52 and managed to put it off thus far. When I mentioned to Fred the doctor referred me for one he asked what it was—he obviously doesn't watch Katie Couric or daytime TV. We are planning to do it together over Christmas when our kids are home and can drive us as we can't stand the idea of him wasting a vacation day over it.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 19, 2014

      That's one way to celebrate the holidays. 🙂

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  2. Joelle
    August 19, 2014

    Ha ha. Funny post. I did mine about 4 years ago the old fashioned way–had to drink a gallon of this obnoxious, salty drink that made me want to puke every swallow. Spent most of the night camped out on the toilet (much easier than getting up and down all night long!). Then off to the dr. in Mexico. Shabby looking procedure room but great service. He said to speak up if I felt anything and they would up the IV. Started to feel a little cramping, spoke up, and was told it was all over! Was told I have a great looking colon. Great news at a great price and a great "hotel" to recover in, Mom and Dad's.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 19, 2014

      That's a creative way to get it done. Thankfully we drank 16 oz. of yuck, followed by 32 oz. of water twice, and that was it. I'm terrible at drinking yucky things, but I got through it and managed to keep it all down.

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  3. Blessed
    August 19, 2014

    You two SO know how to have a good time together! : )

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 19, 2014

      Oh yeah…it was the ultimate date.

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  4. Emily
    August 19, 2014

    You. Are. Hilarious.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 19, 2014

      Why thank you, Emily. Better to laugh than cry.

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  5. Kim
    August 19, 2014

    I imagine there aren't too many people who go in for couples colonoscopies. 🙂
    I don't like sedation, so had mine without, and although there was a point where it was uncomfortable towards the end, it was doable. When I was wheeled out afterwards, all of the staff was were craning their heads to see the crazy woman who refused the meds. I also had my first mammogram this year. I was surprised that it was so easy and wasn't even uncomfortable. I'd heard such horror stories that I wasn't sure what to expect. The imaging center was set up like a spa, and even had luxurious white robes and there were cookies, chocolate and water in the waiting room. Some days when things are kinda rough, I just want to go back and hang out in the waiting room. Lol.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 19, 2014

      I want a mammogram like that! That is actually very nice. And no sedation? Impressive. You are a true rock star.

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  6. Laine
    August 19, 2014

    Too funny but yet a great reminder we, the parents, really do need to take care of ourselves. Turning 50 this year myself. Guess I'll celebrate in Grand style… With a colonoscopy. 😉

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 19, 2014

      Take good care of yourself, Laine. We're running a marathon with our kids and we need to be strong.

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