As for the unpleasant perceptions of exam prep, John notes, “They say the prep is the worst part. To me, the prep wasn’t that bad,” he says of the dietary restrictions and colon cleansing routine before the exam. “It wasn’t the greatest thing in the world, but once you get cleaned out you feel pretty good.” He experienced post-procedure dehydration and would advise those prepping to drink more liquids a few days beforehand, but otherwise, “It wasn’t terrible.”
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I Don’t Remember It!
On the day of the exam, he says, “I was given all the instructions I needed and felt really good going into it.” He can share little else about the procedure after he was sedated in the procedure room. “I woke up to my wife saying, ‘Honey, you’re all done,’” in the recovery bay. John added that the doctor used CO2 gas as opposed to regular air to insufflate the colon, which is more commonplace now to reduce patient discomfort. “I had no pain. I felt wonderful afterwards. I had the best nap of my life. I woke up and had a clean bill of health. I was super happy.”
Not a bad way to mark a milestone birthday.