Let’s talk about something a little less pleasant for a change.
Let’s talk about colonoscopies.
First point I’d like to make: I am not doing it.
Honestly, the whole procedure is a pain in the…well, you know. 🙂
But since early detection for this type of cancer has a very high survival rate, you can’t really get around avoiding it forever.
On my partner’s side of the family there is colon cancer, so I have peripheral experience with the prep etc…He’s been through it a few times and considers himself an ‘old pro’ by now.
I’ve never had one done.
My doctor however recommended a few years ago that it is a good idea to get one done along with some of the other standard tests, which women should technically do regularly. Pap smears to detect cervical cancer, for instance, is one, and mammograms for breast cancer detection.
When I saw my doctor recently he once again mentioned the colonoscopy. He said since I was considered low risk, I had a non-invasive option at my disposal, if I preferred not to go through the standard form of invasive testing.
Apparently, there’s a kit. In my case, being Canadian and having provincial health insurance coverage called OHIP, this kit (as well as the standard method for testing) is covered by OHIP, so regardless of my preference, it would not cost me anything out of pocket.
I opted for the kit. All I had to do was submit a poop sample, and drop it off at a blood lab.
Considering the alternative, which includes drinking a disgusting drink and spending at least 12 hours sitting on a toilet, never mind having a scope pushed up my butt (regardless whether I would be awake or asleep for that part of the procedure) I really didn’t even spend much time considering which route to take.
Send me the kit, I told my doctor, and he did.
These are the instructions:
Since I had to get a blood test done anyway, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and do everything on the same day. This was today. I drove to the blood lab earlier and dropped off the sample and got blood drawn.
And this is where I saw the whole Covid-19 thing in person. All the nurses at the lab had face masks on. None of the patients did.
Did you know that face masks are supposed to be worn by people who have symptoms, or are coughing or sneezing? I don’t know why the nursing staff had them on, perhaps all health workers are wearing them now. (When I saw my doctor two weeks ago he wasn’t wearing one…but since then Corona virus had spread further and landed here in Toronto as well, so that may have played a role).
Anyway, it got me thinking. I’m not panicked about this thing (yet) but I do realize that many people, especially those who don’t inform themselves from reputable sources, may panic and cause all kinds of friction/disruption within their communities. I think I will take a couple of precautionary steps today as I head out to the store, just in case.
Frankly, all it’s gonna take is for a single kid in a school to be tested positive (or a member of his family) and the entire school system will shut down. Which will shut down all the associated kid activities like gymnastics, hockey (due to the tight nature of the dressing rooms) and all the rest of it.
That’s when the real panic will set it. (Ugh.)
So, what I’ll do today is pick up the following (if there’s still stock, which I’m hearing is dwindling in some places):
- toilet paper
- soap and hand soap
- a few non-perishables (I have plenty in the house already)
- a few bottles of ethanol alcohol to wipe down the phones and door knobs
- a few sanitary items (for me mostly)
- some extra toiletries
Did anyone here watch Fear the Walking Dead? This was a spin-off from the Walking Dead TV show and they addressed the breaking down of society at the very beginning of the whole zombie scenario. I thought it was relatively well done (despite the obvious Hollywood embellishment), and certainly made many people think about situations such as pandemics (or even localized epidemics).
This article is a level-headed approach to the Corona virus madness at the moment: You’re likely to get the Coronavirus (The Atlantic)
So that’s what’s on the plan today. In between dog walking, that is. I have an extra dog here, crashed on the pillow beside me now, and I just got back from walking my client dog Marshie, in the drizzly, wet, muddy conditions that is March in Canada.
Which brings us to the end of this post. It’s Monday, again. Yippie doo. Hope everyone is having a good day.