I'm home today in preparation for a colonoscopy tomorrow morning. I had one before (about four years ago) so I know what's going to happen. It's the "getting ready" that's the worst part to me. I was supposed to have another colonoscopy two years ago but put it off. I am considered high risk for colon cancer because my father had it. But there never seems to be a good time for things like this and I've been in generally good health. So I put it off. Until now.
This isn't the greatest subject to write about but it's part of life and it's good to keep a record of these things. Maybe this time, I won't put the next one off so long. Our health isn't something we can put off. We all need to be diligent in staying healthy. I've been walking at lunch time and last week I started to walk our dog Charlie in the morning. He's gained weight again and it puts strain on his arthritic rear leg joints. So, he and I are walking (not too far so Charlie isn't in pain) to keep our weight down.
I was just talking to someone at work about how precarious our life really is. All it takes is a lost job or a health problem to show you how close to the edge we all run our lives. We were talking about the rain we got recently and how we really needed it. It seemed funny to say that considering how much rain we got in June and earlier this month. But we haven't had a good rain for a week or so and the gardens and grass were showing it. The rain, like our health, is something that needs to be replenished constantly. You can never get to the point where you don't need any more rain and you never get to a point where you don't need to worry about your health. Your life can change in an instant so we must remain vigilant. It's like going on a long hike or driving through the desert. If you're well prepared and do it carefully, you'll do OK. But a sprained ankle or a flat tire can put everything in jeopardy.
The worst part about today and tomorrow will be not being able to eat anything. I'm fortunate that I'll be having the colonoscopy done at 8 AM tomorrow morning. I'll be able to come home by noon tomorrow. Then I'll be having a big lunch. And boy will I enjoy it!