Thursday, May 29, 2014

No doubt due to my international fame as the author of ColonoscopyBlog (snicker), I recently got the opportunity to beta test an upcoming release of the iOS application. I enjoyed it and, with their permission, thought I'd pass it along. (You can find 22otters by searching for "22otters" in the AppStore on your iOS device, that will give you the current version, but the new version with speech recognition should be out soon.)

22otters is an app which helps you get through the process of getting through a colonoscopy.

I think one of the key features of 22otters is the calendar. One of the things I remember most from my last colonoscopy (perhaps second only to the GoLyte experience) was keeping track of the detailed schedule of what I could and couldn't eat or take each of the five days before the procedure--the rules for nearly every day were different. Having an interface that makes it easy to figure out whether I can take that aspirin or have slice of pizza on a particular day without having to do the math would have kept things a lot simpler. The calendar isn't just limited to the dietary restrictions, but contains a number of reminders of things you'll want to do in the days leading up to your procedure.

I also liked the dedicated timer for the dreaded "prep fluid" drinking.

Finally, I was impressed by some of the ways the app uses technology to create a usable and friendly experience. The app's instructions were provided both in voice and displayed text. The version I tested also includes some surprisingly accurate speech recognition--when it asked me what medications I was taking, well, let's just say that I would doubt Siri would have gotten the names of my meds right on the first try.

I'm told that the new version (with speech) should be in the AppStore soon, I'd grab the app now, and enjoy the update and speech stuff when the update comes in.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Win a Free Colonoscopy!

Because Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, and CBS, care. Wait, what? Yes, indeedy, CBS is actually holding a "win-a-colonoscopy" sweepstakes! Good luck!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dave Berry on Colonoscopy Prep, etc.

MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don't want to be too graphic, here, but: have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch? This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the commode had a seat belt.

More Berry goodness through the link.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Another reason to get your colonoscopy

Another friend with colon cancer, over at the Sexual Embodiment blog. Amy doesn't overstate the case, but provides a direct sort of explanation of the consequences of colon cancer, which I hope you will compare and contrast with the "discomfort" that many people have with colonoscopies.... and then go get your colonoscopy! If you want to try and manage it without conscious sedation like Versed, I'm all for you having that choice as an informed choice (as I've made clear here), but in either case colonoscopies are far less of a hassle than colon cancer.

Go get yours!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Medicare Declines to Cover Virtual Colonoscopies

AP coverage of the decision

Seems logical to me, as much as I dislike colonoscopies the evidence isn't quite there (from what I've seen) that virtual colonoscopies are as effective, and they don't address what you do when you find something (polyps and such can be removed during the same procedure with a colonoscopy.)

Monday, May 11, 2009

FDA bowel prep guidelines

FDA medical recommendations for bowel prep for colonoscopies.

It's dry and technical reading, but if you want to understand the different bowel preps that get recommended these days and why, this is a starting point.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009