My Colon

post date: September 2, 2011

How’s that for a title? 

I just wanted to get your attention so I could comment on the colonoscopy I had today. If you know anything about the procedure, the preparation day is generally far worse than the procedure itself. So yesterday was worse than today. In fact, the only thing I remember about the procedure is that the nurse was talking about a Johnny Cash song, and then I woke up back in the recovery room where the doctor said that everything went well and I’m in good health.

It happens that this is the fourth time I have written about my colon on the weblog. Here are the other three entries:

Thursday, October 30, 2003   
Preparation Day
Doing Fine   

As a true believer in the sovereignty of God, I do not believe I can die one day before the span God has determined for me. But just as God has written all the days of my life before I was born (Psalm 139:16), he also ordains that I use the means he has provided to take care of myself. 

You may wonder why I would share these things in a public forum. Above everything else, to encourage others to do what I did—get a physical, get yourself tested for whatever applies to you personally, and don’t put it off. 

One my sons wrote me last night to commiserate with me that it must be hard growing old. To which I replied, “Don’t laugh. You’re coming in my direction.” And I’m only 58. As they say on ESPN when a pitcher gets an injury, “He’s listed as day-to-day, but, then again, aren’t we all?”


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