Monday, February 7, 2011

What Do A Cell Phone, Root Canal Therapy and A Colonoscopy Have In Common?

I now have my own cell phone!  Believe it or not, this is my very first official cell phone.

I've used a TracFone in the past.  I carried one on my trip to Boston a couple of years ago and during the summer months when I take long bike rides, but now I'm officially on my husband and son's cell phone plan.  So far, I haven't used it much, but in case of emergency, I'm prepared and that's GOOD NEWS.
     

The MoviPrep pictured to the right isn't a tasty, over-sized drink sold in movie theaters to extremely thirsty patrons.  No, no, no, it's a liquid mixture prescribed for individuals who elect to undergo the less than joyful procedure known as a colonoscopy.  

My father had colon cancer so my doctor recommended that I should have a colonoscopy to test for any presence of cancer cells.  Fortunately, my test results revealed that all is well at least in that department and that's GOOD NEWS. 
I never imagined I'd need root canal therapy.  Guess what?  Last month, my endodontist had his first and I hope his last trip up and down the canals of my molar.

I shouldn't complain because the tooth barely bothered me at all previous to, during and after the procedure.  A slightly tender but fairly large bump on my gums above my upper left first molar was my only symptom.

I'll return to the endodontist on Tuesday for my second and final treatment.  Believe it or not, I have good news to share regarding my RCT as well.  Since the dental office where I'm employed refers patients to this group of endodontists (I personally make the telephone calls), I was given a discount, not a little discount or a medium-sized discount but a huge discount.  And that's GOOD NEWS.


I've had these subjects on my list of blogs to post.  Although, initially they seemed unrelated, I lumped them all together because my growing list was getting on my nerves.  That's when I realized each event had its own good news message.

And to think that it's often said that no news is good news!        

19 comments:

Sarah said...

OMG! Wow. I'm so glad everything has turned out well Shaddy. What a list of events! Girl, you are my hero. You really are. As you know, I'm a big chicky when it comes to doctors and dentists. Especially dentists. I am more than relieved that everything is ok on both fronts for you! This is GREAT news!!!!!! Whew!
Love,
Sarie
P.S. Have fun with your new phone :)

Shaddy aka Cheryl said...

SARIE: I'm so used to not having a cell phone that I don't use mine much yet. If I wasn't so addicted to listening to audio books when I'm driving, I'd probably use my phone then.

My tooth is all fixed up except for the filling in my crown. Dr. Onderak will take care of that. I'm supposed to go back up to the Endo Specialists in August just to make sure the bone that was displaced by the abscess has filled back in.

I should mention that the only unpleasant thing about a colonoscopy is that you have to drink lots of that liquid and then make lots of trips to the bathroom the evening before the procedure.

I was able to watch the Return to Titletown special late this afternoon on TV. It's too bad it was so darn cold today for all the fans who were in the stands!! I'm sure you were glued to your TV too. They really cheered for Driver and of course Rodgers, didn't they!!

Have a nice evening, Sarie.

Parrot Writes said...

I'm glad you got a positive check from top to bottom! Yep, the colonoscopy test is a breeze - it's the prep that's the killer. Glad everything with you is good.
I have a cell phone, but when I have to replace it I BEG for the simplest phone there.
Ha - my "word verification" was deriers

Shaddy aka Cheryl said...

PARROT: Something tells me you've had experiences similar to mine!!! The joys of aging!

Fortunately, my cell phone is very basic. I have enough bells and whistles in my life that I don't need any on my cell phone!!

Your verification word is way too appropriate for the subject we're discussing here. Too funny!!

Natasha said...

Quite a week for you! Glad everything has checked out okay.

Elizabeth said...

Good news on all fronts. We have a good friend whose 56 year old daughter was just diagnosed with late stage colon cancer. I used to think it was primarily a "men's" disease. Not so. Get your tests, everyone, especially if you are over 50. And just remember, no one ever actually dies from embarrassment.

My first colonoscopy was 10 years ago. The next one is coming up when we go to Mayo in Jacksonville for our annual physicals the first week of April. (If only we could have some popcorn with that Moviprep!)

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