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No excuse for not getting colonoscopy

I found it quite interesting to see the article on the front page of Wednesday's paper on the Bemidji surgeons stressing the importance of colonoscopies. After putting off having one for many years, I just had my first colonoscopy on Monday at Sanford Day Surgery Center. What an experience!

Everyone I had talked to said the prep was the worst. While it wasn't my idea of a good time, it wasn't that bad. I did plan ahead and cleared my calendar for Sunday afternoon. At promptly noon, I started the prep. The stuff you drink doesn't taste bad, and amazingly enough I was able to drink all of it -- no choking, no gagging, no problem.

I was glad that I was able to move my laptop into the bathroom for the afternoon, and was able to get caught up on the last four episodes of "Modern Family" on, watched an online training video on Outlook 2010 and got caught up on my email. There really was no cramping or discomfort, but I sure wasn't going anywhere.

On Monday morning, I arrived on time at Day Surgery and, from the time of my arrival until I left 3-1/2 hours later, was amazed at the precision and professionalism I witnessed by the Sanford Day Surgery staff. What a team! Everyone had his or her job to do, and did it well. I knew exactly what to expect every step of the way, and everything went exactly as planned. They even have nurses there who know how to start IVs without a problem!

Dr. Roy and staff at Sanford Health -- I do agree with Dr. Claussen's comment in the article. You did make it comfortable for me -- you did it right, and you did it well.

For those of you who are over 50 and haven't had the experience -- there really is no excuse for not having this done! Man up (or woman up, as the case may be!)

Deb Ericsson