Monday, March 9, 2015

Gratitude Monday -- Colonoscopy Ahead

I'm slated for a colonoscopy in June and I for it I am grateful.
Because, as a colon cancer bester* I need one. In fact I have to have one each year for five years before any doctor will take the big step of calling me cancer free.
Good for them. I feel no such restriction myself, but their way offers proof.

Last Monday I met briefly with my cancer surgeon. He reviewed results of a blood test I have to get done every three months. Everything is normal. In fact, the level of CEA was lower than the first one and it was well within normal ranges.
I am grateful for that, too.

Meanwhile, back to the colonoscopy.
Just because one needs a procedure here it doesn't mean one is going to get it.  Many who should be having a colonoscopy, or any number of other medically necessary procedures, have to wait.  It is in part the nature of the health care system, and in part because this is Alberta and doctors have to fight for and justify care for their patients.
You have to be really sick to get any help. If you are tolerably suffering you're out of luck.
Further, around the world those who need medical intervention either don't qualify to have it covered or simply can't pay for it and have to suffer.

It also means I am around to have the colonoscopy, and that I am healthy.  Were I on my death bed there wouldn't be a lot of sense taking someone else's place in line.

I don't have to be on too bland a diet before the procedure and I am grateful for that, too.  I can't have anything with seeds in it so the tomatoes and cucumbers in the salads will be stripped of their seeds for the week prior to the it.
*I can't bring myself to say survivor without cringing. That word suggests a long period of trial resulting in triumph. It's for all who have to fight to stay alive.
Cancer had a limited impact on me. I barely noticed I had it and as it stands right now it is like it never happened.
I am grateful for that, too.


CARLA said...

sending you love light and thoughts of health.



Leah J. Utas said...

Thank you so much, Carla. I appreciate it.

DJan said...

Nobody exactly loves getting a colonoscopy, but if I were in your shoes, I'd be glad to have it and be declared cancer free. I get my last one next year. After 75, they don't do them any more in the US. :-)

Leah J. Utas said...

DJan, not at all? I had no clue.

messymimi said...

Sending prayers and good vibes that all is well.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks so much, Messymimi.

solarity said...

I like "bester" very much. Somehow, I think you should graduate to "bestest" eventually. :)

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Leah J. Utas said...

Aww, Mary Anne. Thanks.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Leah, only you could use "Gratitude" and "Colonoscopy" in the same breath!

But I too am grateful you are cancer free and in good health and getting proper screening to make sure you stay that way!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Crabby.

Hilary said...

You have the best attitude. You do what you need to do and then you let it go (though that last part doesn't sound so right when talking about colonoscopies). ;)