Soo…Today I start prepping for my colonoscopy Friday. Yes that’s right, it’s Wednesday and I have to start my prep tonight.
Oh but Kim, you’re only 34 why are you getting a colonoscopy. Funny you ask…
So a few months ago I was feeling really shitty from Ironman training. Like workout, work, come home and sleep until the next morning. On days that I had enough energy, I would do my afternoon workout. I decided to go see a doctor to find out why I was so tired. Come to find out, my iron level is drastically low. No one wanted to say critical, but I got the words drastically and impressively low.
Now I’m on iron pills. Now I get my blood drawn every month (seems a little counterproductive if we’re trying to KEEP iron in my blood but I’m not the doctor here). Well, I haven’t had any blood loss injuries and my cycle isn’t a river so the next thing to check is the GI tract.
We’re doing a colonoscopy to rule out:
Once we rule those out, I then earn the diagnosis of Idiopathic Iron Deficiency Anemia and I have to do iron supplementation for the rest of my life. Basically “we don’t know why you’re deficient, but you are so take pills – yay”.
Back to the Prep
So yeah, I have to drink some stuff Wednesday night to get the party started. Thursday is all clear liquids – no red, purple, or blue colors – ALL day. I thought it was just the afternoon, I was wrong, I’m going to starve. So all clears until 2pm where I start taking pills and drinking the prep. I’ll spare details. Then Friday is my big day!
So I’m nervous and ready to get this over with, but I’ve got a lot of great resources I’ve been chatting with to prep me for my big day. Hopefully it’s my last for a loooooong time!