Monday, July 14, 2014
Anything new colon-wise?
I was on blood thinners, bled, and had to have a colonoscopy, which of course requires you not be on blood thinners or that they be neutralized.
I spent a night in Hell, I mean the hospital, trying to "cleanse" and neutralize the thinners. The colonoscopy could not be completed--took a wrong turn or something. I have given up.
Joseph Walker, WSJ, June 9, 2014, says 28% of people from 50 to 74 have never been tested, even though 76% are insured (this test is scary expensive).
The cleanse, the yuk factor, the embarrassment, fear of anesthesia, who knows...It is invasive.
So they tried to make it less so with a computerized one--no tube all the way "up." But if "something" is found--then you get the whole ride.
Also--those stool tests the doc hands out.
Now they are trying a giant pill with a camera for people with complete tests--750,000 a year of those.
Find anything--still get the tube.
They are also talking about a home DNA test to look for some marker. Then what? The tube?
As a responsible health care reporter--I am supposed to tell you to get this. So your course is clear.