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Thankful Things Thursday: On Colonoscopy Preparations (In Other Words, I Need This Today.)

Posted Feb 16 2012 7:00am

File this one under “Oh my goodness do I need a Thankful Things Thursday today.” Yesterday, I saw a new GI doctor. I had some questions that I needed to get answered and wasn’t crazy about the ones I was getting. It was time for a second opinion. (More on that later.) New GI Doctor wanted to schedule a colonoscopy and endoscopy, and wouldn’t you know it, there were openings for tomorrow.

So today, I’m not eating, getting ready for a lovely evening of taking pills (thank goodness I don’t have to drink that awful liquid prep stuff) and being attached to the toilet. Clearly, this is not the best day ever.

Let’s do this thankful thing and see if it puts a smile on my face. A big one.

Like this one.

I’m thankful for colonoscopy prep that comes in pill form. The preparations for a colonoscopy are bad enough without drinking a ton of liquid grossness. Some doctors don’t like to have their patients do the pill prep. I am thankful that my doctor isn’t one of them.

I’m thankful for a funny book to read. Last night, I purchased Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? for my Nook. I am ridiculously excited about this book and only hope it is as funny as it looks. Funny enough to distract me from my hunger? Oh yes, I hope it will be.

Please make me laugh, Mindy Kaling.

 I’m thankful for a particularly pushy friend. I never really fully recovered from the ulcerative colitis flare up I had back in July . My arthritis is bothering me frequently (and it shouldn’t when my UC is under control) and Frank has been giving me more trouble than he should. I followed up with my doctor, but wasn’t crazy about the course of action he wanted to take. (Back on steroids without any diagnositc testing.) I hemmed and hawed about what to do, all the while feeling worse and worse. A certain pushy friend of mine urged me to visit the University of Chicago Medical Center and see a new doctor, even just for a second opinion. I did that yesterday, and I absolutely loved the doctor I saw. Never before have I felt so sure that a doctor knew exactly what he was talking about and would give me the best possible treatment. I am thrilled with my decision to go see him, and know I’m in good hands. I don’t even really mind that it means two procedures tomorrow. (Okay, I mind that part a little bit.)

I’m thankful for all of my patient, understanding friends. Because Frank has been all kinds of annoying lately, I’ve been doing a lot of cancelling and rescheduling plans. I am so grateful that my friends and family are understanding and patient with me when I am sick.

I’m thankful for all of the people my new job is bringing into my life. Every single day I get to talk to people and make connections. I have heard amazing, inspiring stories almost daily. I have the best job ever, and I couldn’t be happier.

I’m thankful for all of you. I know, it’s all emotional and warm and fuzzy. That’s just who I am . I’m so thankful for all of you who read and comment on my  little blog. Your comments make my day and I love the little community that we’re building here. I especially love how brave you are when you comment on my ulcerative colitis posts. Thank you to all of you who stop by and read, whether you comment or not. I appreciate you!

Loooooooooove you.

 Help me stay positive today. What are you thankful for?

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