Monday, April 27, 2009


Welcome to

Does anyone besides me think that message is funny?

I mean the "proper preparation is the key to a successful colonoscopy" part of the message? It just strikes me funny. Cost wise this is certainly the least expensive part of the colonoscopy. I paid the Walgreens folks $35 for the jug which already had powder stuff in it. On the top were 5 flavor packets but you only use 1. The surgery center part is taking a good hunk of a $1,000. I haven't found out yet what the doctors are costing. I think the whole deal is going to bust a big hunk of $2,000.

My health insurance pays for it. Except for my coinsurance amount that is which is $250 or something. And then there is my deductible amount. I have spent ZERO so far this year. Anyone want to take bets on what my deductible is? Yep: $2 grand.

Interesting how that works. Not just on health insurance but all insurance that I buy. Except life insurance and I haven't used any of yet.

The jug is 4 liters it says. That's 135.26 ounces or 16.91 glasses of 8 ounces each. I decided to use 12 oz foam cups though. That's 11.27 of them. At 7:00 a.m. Sunday evening I began drinking two-thirds of the total. I rounded that to 8 cups.

That's a lot to drink. Took me about 2 hours. Then I had to drink 3 glasses of water. I managed 20 oz of water in another hour or so.

The result is pretty much what you might guess. I definitely did not want to drink anymore by the time I went to bed. It made me feel a little sick and "mentally off" -- kind of inebriated feeling almost.

At 3:10 a.m. Monday morning I proceeded to drink the rest -- a little more than 3 of my foam cups. I am definitely not wanting anymore of this stuff.

It is the same foam cup by the way. Is that recycling? Somehow I managed to distort the bottom of the cup.

In case anyone is interested in what this stuff does and can't guess given the scanty information provided thus far I will say only that a toilet is a good idea to have nearby when ingesting.

This will be (I haven't had it yet as I am writing this) my second colonoscopy. The last one was 3 years ago. The same doctor though. He's the one that said I should do this because he found a polyp last time which he removed.

People have asked me what the colonoscopy was like. I didn't think it was too bad actually. Honestly drinking this TriLyte® stuff is the worst part and it doesn't bother me that much. On the scale of disagreeable and disgusting things I've done this is way down the list. But that's just me.

As for the procedure itself about all I remember from last time is someone saying something about counting backwards. When I awoke I felt pretty good. I remember telling someone that I thought I could drive just fine.

Of course I always think I can drive just fine.

So if anyone is reading this before about 8 am central you know where I am and what I am doing.

I've decided to forego twitter and facebook. Unseemly. Have to draw the line somewhere.


Lori1955 said...

I hope it went well. :) I was supposed to have that done too but decided it wasn't something I wanted done. Sure doesn't sound like fun.

dave said...

I am one of the great cowards of all time.
Just hearing about it gives me the cure.

¸.•*´)ღ¸.•*´Chris said...

I'm sure you are happy that is over with! Hope you are resting comfortably tonight.

That's a lot of stuff to drink. It would have to come Coke flavored for me to drink it. Yuck!

susie mccoll said...

man, that almost makes me throw up just READING about drinking that stuff...and so much.....when am i supposed to have one of those? I hope not for a long while.......

¸.•*´)ღ¸.•*´Chris said...

Susie, I think 50 is the magical age for those lovely tests. I have 5 more years. Although I am not looking forward to them, I am thankful for such a test. The alternative sucks.