One of the signs that you are starting to get a little “long in the tooth” is that you and your friends spend a great deal of time conversing about your various ailments.
I hope this post is not a sign of things to come, but…
I am 54 years old…and had my first colonoscopy this morning.
For my younger readers who might not know what that is, how shall I say this…It’s a video tour of your colon.
No, I am not kidding. My doctor gave me pictures to take home!
No, I will not post them!!!
If you are thinking, “But isn’t there…like…umm…you know…’stuff’ in there?”
No, there isn’t. They take care of that the night before. You know how Hollywood celebrities go on a radical diet before shooting a movie? Well, it’s kind of like that. The doctor prescribes this liquid, you drink it and then spend pretty much the whole night on the toilet getting ready for your time ‘before the camera’.
Needless to say, I was pretty tired when I got home this morning. In fact, I was too tired to want to do much of anything…no Internet, no serious reading…
As I laid down in bed, I saw a book that my mother-in-law had given us about 10 years ago called The Maker’s Diet. The only reason that I picked it up at all was so that I could read a few pages just to make sure that I did not want to read it. Then I could put it in the Goodwill/For Sale box with a clean conscience. (I really like books!)
The first chapter tells the author’s incredible battle against various mysterious ailments and all of the “natural”, “homeopathic” and “alternative” health remedies that he tried. Many of them I had heard of but there were quite a few that even my open and curious mind had never heard of. I was hooked…and I am glad about it! Sixty pages later, I finally put it down so I could go to sleep!
And talk about great timing…
In the days leading up to the colonoscopy, I had been thinking that if my intestine was going to be completely cleaned out, I should probably take some steps to rebuild my intestinal flora.
In fact, the first thing I did when we got home this morning was drink my first bottle of Lifeway kefir and take my first probiotic pill.
Guess what chapter three was about?
You guessed it…the importance of intestinal flora! I am so glad I picked this book up at this time! Stay tuned…
Oh, I almost forgot, the doc gave me a clean bill of health. No sign of cancer!