The actual colonoscopy is tolerable, IMHO. Deb actually enjoyed hers; she said it was the best sleep she’d in a long time, she woke up refreshed, and she had the rest of the day at home (logging into the office, of course) to get things done without people in the office pestering her the whole time.
Me, I woke up peppy and chatty. Deb listened to me for a few minutes, then went to the nurses station and said, “Hi! The guy in the booth? Who keeps talking? He seems like a very nice man but he is *NOT* my husband.” I have no memory of this whatsoever, so I have to take her word for it.
THE FRAKIN’ PREP, HOWEVER… Total hell. Even for a normal person (my wife). For a diabetic, even worse, since the instructions displayed no understanding that following them to the letter would leave me passed out on low blood sugar or pissing ketones (possibly both, at different times). Since I have no family history of cancer, no family history whatsoever of colon problems, no problems on the last exam, and no current indicators of colon problems, I keep declining my doctor’s requests for a new examination.
Also, it’s a day and a half away from work for the patient, half a day at least for the “responsible adult.” That makes it a very expensive test, as far as I’m concerned, especially for one that isn’t needed.