Monday, October 27, 2008

Do you want conscious sedation?

US News and World Report has a story from a few days back asking whether or not you want to be out for your colonoscopy, using Versed or other forms of conscious sedation.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Kudos to Charles Barkley

As part of a cancer awareness effort, Charles Barkley is going to go one step further than this blog and have his colonoscopy televised. Folks, I realize that these procedures aren't the happiest moments of one's life, but they are not nearly as bad as you fear, and they're a lot less nasty than colon cancer or living with a colostomy bag for the rest of your life. If it's time for your colonoscopy, sure, go in with open eyes, make sure you understand the issues with the sedation you may be given, but don't miss out on something that may very well save your life.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Colonoscopy Reminder Cards

Over at Out of Character, there's a new idea in getting people to bite the bullet and go get a colonoscopy, a very cute colonoscopy card. Go take a look!

Don't delay your colonoscopy

Since I blogged my colonoscopy last year, even in reading articles on far different topics, I keep coming across reminders of how important early detection can be. I can't speak to the details of the health system and the question the post raises, my point is only to reemphasize the primary theme of this blog, which is "Colonoscopies aren't that bad, and can save your life."

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Were you informed when you were given Versed?

I was quite well-informed in the two procedures I've had (a colonoscopy and an upper endoscopy), but I know that some sites out there describe the experiences of folks who have been given Versed during a procedure without having been told first. So, if you've had a colonoscopy before, were you given Versed (or any amnesic anesthesia) and, if you were, were you informed about it and it's side-effects beforehand?