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Troy
03-28-2003, 04:28 PM
For about 12 years I had a Primary Doctor who never bothered to refer me for an Upper & Lower GI (Endoscopy & Colonoscopy). I recently changed Primary Doctors and the first thing he did was order both an Upper and Lower GI, the first I've ever had at well over age 50.

To no big surprise, the Upper GI showed I had an Ulcer. No big deal.

However, the Lower GI showed a few Polyps plus one small area of Colon Cancer. I will have surgery Monday, 3/31, to have about 12" of Lower Intestine (Colon area) removed. The prognosis is excellent for full removal of the Cancer and complete recovery.

I am telling this story as a means to advise all of you around age 50 or more to bite the bullet and go have that Colonoscopy. If there's any family history of Intestinal Cancer or even Polyps, have the test prior to age 50.

The Colonoscopy itself is simple and really painless. I had an IV that put me to sleep for about 45-60 minutes. The only bad part was the Intestinal cleanout the day before the actual teat, but even that was no big deal.

I'll be out of circulation in the hospital for about 5-7 days and home recovery should be done in a matter of a few weeks.

PLEASE GET THIS TEST DONE !!!! Both Males AND Females.
I really do NOT want to read about any more CCB Cancer.

Troy...~~~ Pulling for Chris more than ever now... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

heater451
03-28-2003, 05:01 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Troy:</font><hr>. . .about 12" of Lower Intestine (Colon area) removed. . . .<hr /></blockquote>Troy, I know that your post was meant to be serious, but. . .it sounds like you're having a foot removed from your end!


~~sometimes, I don't know if my sense of humor is shared by anyone



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SpiderMan
03-28-2003, 05:16 PM
And I thought it was a big deal having a foot removed from my mouth ....

SpiderMan

<blockquote><font class="small">Quote heater451:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote Troy:</font><hr>. . .about 12" of Lower Intestine (Colon area) removed. . . .<hr /></blockquote>Troy, I know that your post was meant to be serious, but. . .it sounds like you're having a foot removed from your end!


~~sometimes, I don't know if my sense of humor is shared by anyone



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Karatemom
03-28-2003, 05:46 PM
Troy, you know our thoughts and best wishes are with you to have a complete and full recovery. If at all possible, please keep us updated on your progress as well.

Good luck on Monday. I'll be thinking about you.

Heide

Troy
03-28-2003, 06:02 PM
Many thanks Heide.

Troy
03-28-2003, 08:59 PM
One PM from a person who said he almost never reads this side of the CCB but treats this as a sign and is gonna call Monday to set up a test.

I feel that spilling my guts (pun intended) has done some good so it was worth it. I just hope there are more of you.

Troy...~~~ Feeling like a preacher, but for a good cause

WaltVA
03-28-2003, 10:15 PM
Troy - We'll be thinking of you Monday; best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.

Walt in VA

Hopster
03-29-2003, 12:14 AM
Well Troy, i wish you the best and a speedy recovery. I had polyps about 8 years ago and im 43 now. They were benign but the doc told me to go back every 2-4 years for check ups and im over due now.
It is a painless procedure if they dont keep you waiting too long and the anesthetic wears off like it did to me the second time. They had me on the table and it felt like they had the hummel telescope up my ass. /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif
I wish i had a tape of me yelling at that doctor and nurse, theyre telling me to take it easy and im yelling back Ill take it easy on your heads with a pipe !! Get that thing out now !!!! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
But whom ever reads this, Troys right, get yourself checked out. Better safe than sorry.

John G
03-29-2003, 03:51 AM
Hope all goes well,wishing you a speedy recovery

Rich R.
03-29-2003, 06:07 AM
May you have a speedy recovery Troy.

Will there be any Chemo or radiation treatments after surgery?

Troy
03-29-2003, 06:30 AM
Thanks Hopster..... Your story is almost funny..... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif
Now get your a$$ in there for that follow up !!!

Troy
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Hopster:</font><hr> Well Troy, i wish you the best and a speedy recovery. I had polyps about 8 years ago and im 43 now. They were benign but the doc told me to go back every 2-4 years for check ups and im over due now.
It is a painless procedure if they dont keep you waiting too long and the anesthetic wears off like it did to me the second time. They had me on the table and it felt like they had the hummel telescope up my ass. /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif
I wish i had a tape of me yelling at that doctor and nurse, theyre telling me to take it easy and im yelling back Ill take it easy on your heads with a pipe !! Get that thing out now !!!! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
But whom ever reads this, Troys right, get yourself checked out. Better safe than sorry. <hr /></blockquote>

Troy
03-29-2003, 06:35 AM
Thanks Rich... The Doc thinks the cancer is localized on that one polyp gone bad. That being the case, and if he can get it out clean, no chemo or radiation should be needed.

Troy...~~~ Learning more than he wanted to know
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rich R.:</font><hr> May you have a speedy recovery Troy.

Will there be any Chemo or radiation treatments after surgery?
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Ken
03-29-2003, 06:57 AM
I had the procedure a few years ago. I don't remember any anesthetic and I'm pretty sure I didn't get any. Still it wasn't bad. They let me watch and it was interesting. All I would have suggested is that they say when they are going to go in further so you can be prepared and know when you can relax. Still, the worst part is the awful stuff you have to drink the day before. The only way is to just chug it down as fast as possible.
KenCT

Kato
03-29-2003, 07:15 AM
Good luck Troy. Keep us in the loop.

Kato~~~aging

Troy
03-29-2003, 08:08 AM
Thanks Kato.

Today starts the liquid diet. Tomorrow the cleanout. Fun... /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif

Rich R.
03-29-2003, 08:49 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Troy:</font><hr> if he can get it out clean, no chemo or radiation should be needed. <hr /></blockquote>
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Kato
03-29-2003, 08:56 AM
Alright Troy, from here on out we're on a "need to know" basis /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif I'm not sure I need to know how the "clean out" goes. Keep us posted on your recovery though. Good luck.

Kato

Barbara
03-29-2003, 09:21 AM
Troy,

My husband's only sister died from colon cancer 6 years ago one day shy of her 48th birthday. He's still hurting from the loss.

Since then Pete has had a colonoscopy and they did find a polyp, though non-cancerous. So every two years he has to go back for a follow up. There's been nothing new since.

I had a referral to go get one, but I let the referral lapse. I will reschedule in April.

Hang in there buddy. We'll see you through this.

Barbara

Barbara
03-29-2003, 09:26 AM
But there's always room for Jello!!!

As long as it's the right color.

No red, orange or purple. Blue is out. Do they make green Jello?

Barbara~~~been there, made that...

Karatemom
03-29-2003, 09:34 AM
Oh yeah, they make green. Chris is so sick of gren jello, red jello, orange, it doesn't matter what color. I'm sure he never wants to see another bowl of jello for the rest of his life. But something tells me that Troy will be eating it, too, for a while. Get used to it, LOL.

Heide

Troy
03-29-2003, 09:45 AM
You ladies crack (pun intended) me up..... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Kato
03-29-2003, 09:56 AM
Why would Troy need to eat to jello? He's not getting a tonsilectomy.

Kato

Barbara
03-29-2003, 10:01 AM
[ QUOTE ]
Why would Troy need to eat to jello? He's not getting a tonsilectomy.

Kato <hr /></blockquote>

Okay Troy, do you want to handle this one or shall I?

Barbara~~~Kato's gonna get an earful of info...

Karatemom
03-29-2003, 10:13 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Barbara:</font><hr> Okay Troy, do you want to handle this one or shall I?

Barbara~~~Kato's gonna get an earful of info... <hr /></blockquote>

Let him figure it out for himself, hahahahahahahaha.

Heide ~ feeling onery today

Wally_in_Cincy
03-29-2003, 10:13 AM
Good luck Troy.

Maybe the next time a CCBer has a colonoscopy BD could set up a portion of the site for a webcam view, a la Katie Couric. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Seriously, best wishes and prayers headed your way.

Wally in the Natti

Troy
03-29-2003, 10:19 AM
Hey Kato, it's NOT the tonsil end of the tube that requires cleaning out. You want more details ??? I don't think you want to go there... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

T... Hungry and getting hungrier by the minute... /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Kato:</font><hr> Why would Troy need to eat to jello? He's not getting a tonsilectomy.

Kato <hr /></blockquote>

Barbara
03-29-2003, 10:23 AM
Well said, Troy!!

And I just want to add, colon cancer is 100% PREVENTABLE!!

Barbara

Troy
03-29-2003, 10:25 AM
So is old age, but it's not a pleasant alternative....

Troy is being bad now... Ooops.

<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Barbara:</font><hr> colon cancer is 100% PREVENTABLE!!

Barbara <hr /></blockquote>

Troy
03-29-2003, 10:35 AM
The Doc's name who did the colonoscopy is Kushlan -- I call him Kushlan the Tushman.

The Doc's name doing the surgery is Gutman --- I call him Gutman the Gut Cutman.

Troy...~~~ But not to their face

Rod
03-29-2003, 12:22 PM
Hi Troy,
Thanks for the good advise and I am due myself. I'm sorry to hear your another victum but at least caught early enough it can be repaired for lack of better words.

Good luck on your surgery and I wish you a speedy recovery. Keep us posted and don't show your a$$. LOL /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif
Just like Chris were all here for your support.

Rod

Mr Ingrate
03-29-2003, 12:40 PM
Hi Troy,

I would like to add to your suggestion that everyone get a colonoscopy.

Make sure they don't schedule you for a sigmoidoscopy. The sigmoidoscopy only checks the sigmoid portion of the colon (the lower 1/3)AND you get NO pain killers. It is less expensive because it can be done by a technician. Polyps cannot be removed, just biopsyed.

A colonoscopy requires a specialist and is more expensive. Polyps can be removed during the procedure PLUS you get drugs. My wife insisted on a colonoscopy and, sure enough, had a small polyp removed in the upper part of her colon. Wouldn't have been caught with a sigmoidoscopy.

Don't let them talk you into a sigmoidoscopy as 2/3 of your colon will go unscrutinized.

Of course, if you've have had two thirds of your colon removed in two operations, a sigmoidoscopy is not that painful and can examine everything.

Troy, you're going to be fine. Pain management nowadays is fantastic and your waste management system will be back deliverying in no time.

Good Luck!

Barbara
03-29-2003, 02:26 PM
Dave??? Is that you without a beard???

Whoa!!!

Barbara~~~Joanne's married to a whole different person!! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Hopster
03-29-2003, 03:43 PM
I had the procedure a few years ago. I don't remember any anesthetic and I'm pretty sure I didn't get any. Still it wasn't bad. They let me watch and it was interesting. All I would have suggested is that they say when they are going to go in further so you can be prepared and know when you can relax. Still, the worst part is the awful stuff you have to drink the day before. The only way is to just chug it down as fast as possible. &lt;---KenCT

I forget what they gave me but i was waiting so long for the doc that it started to wear off and they tried to go all the way up with the scope and it started to kill me.
I have heard they can tear the lining if they arent careful, anyway fun it wasnt.
Youre right, the stuff you have to drink the day before is horrendous. They gave me pineapple flavored. I asked the drugist if i could mix it with vodka. He didnt go for it.
I watched the thing on tv while i was on the table. Maybe i could get the tape and have Accu Stats put it out for distribution !! Also they gave me photos of my insides. lol, i asked the nurse if i could have it blown up and hang it in my living room. I showed the pictures to my kid brother without telling him what it was. After i told him he was all "Ughhhhhhhhh, ahhhhhhhhh, youre sick"
I said, what did you think it was ? The entrance to the Lincoln tunnel ??
Its fun being mentally ill. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Troy
03-29-2003, 06:00 PM
Yes you are..... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Hopster:</font><hr> Its fun being mentally ill. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
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Mr Ingrate
03-29-2003, 08:09 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Barbara:</font><hr> Dave??? Is that you without a beard???

Whoa!!!

Barbara~~~Joanne's married to a whole different person!! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif <hr /></blockquote>

Hi Barbara,

Yep, after my bad reaction to chemo when I had to shave it off, I decided to keep it off for awhile and go with really short hair. I had a beard for over 30 years so it is quite a change. Makes me look 20 years different - not sure which way.

Mr Ingrate
03-29-2003, 08:24 PM
Troy,

Just in case you haven't heard it. This song is for you.

http://www.ccac-accc.ca/colorectal.rm

Troy
03-29-2003, 08:40 PM
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