Warm Italian meatballs swimming in tangy marinara sauce fills the bowl, covering al dente rigatoni. Garlic bread sits at the edge of the plate, still steaming from from its tenure in the oven moments ago. The white and red place setting is flanked by a fork, a knife and a glass of fine Chianti Classico.
Ok, so that's what my teasing brain sees. What's really there on the table in
front of me? A tall glass of bottled water, another glass filled with
clear apple juice and a hot cup of black coffee. Breakfast. On colonoscopy prep
Ok, so where was I?
Mmmm, what's for lunch? Cold water, chilled Gatorade and a warm mug of clear
Hang on, be right back.
Dinner? Sprite, water, broth, black coffee and the first dose of that
stuff that will clear out nearly all of whatever is left inside of me.
Oops, back in a sec.
So when was the first colonoscopy done? I assumed twenty years ago, which is
when I first heard about the procedure. I was wrong. The first one was
Be right back...
... almost 48 years ago, in 1969. I'm trying to imagine that. You know how
small cameras are now, right? And how large they were then.
... hang on...
More facts: a colonoscope is small, flexible tube that is 42 to 72 inches long.
Maybe you didn't want to know that. Me neither. Actually, maybe you don't want
to know that I'm having a colonoscopy. Even though it is a potentially
life-saving medical procedure recommended for everyone over 50 (in other words,
all boomers), it might still fit in the 'too much information' category. So
I'll stop now, partly because this is gross and partly because
... gotta go again.