“I was definitely not looking forward to this experience, but I figured all of my siblings had gone through it so now it was my turn,” Meggan said. “We are all pretty supportive of one another as well, so once I hit 35, I was always reminded of my responsibility to schedule it. And with everything our dad went through with a late-stage diagnosis – it wasn’t a big ask for me to go get a colonoscopy.”
Meggan described the prep for the procedure as the worst part. She explained that it was basically a day dedicated to fasting and an evening of what essentially cleaned out the colon for the surgeon to get the best visual possible. Her plan was to keep busy while fasting to make the day go quicker, and her prep itself only lasted about three hours.
“When I think about my first colonoscopy and fast forward through the prep, the procedure itself was very seamless,” she stated. “For anyone worried about the procedure, as the patient, you are under anesthesia the whole time – you don’t feel anything, and then you wake up in the recovery room like you just took a nap.”
Meggan walked into the healthcare facility at 8 AM and was walking out by 10:20 AM.
“It was a quick, in and out, type of appointment,” she explained. “I could tell that it was a very routine procedure for the hospital staff, and afterwards, I was ready to eat!”