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Here's what I know so far

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I was relieved that I was clean enough for the colonoscopy. It took a lot of work, but I finally got "clear." So a polyp was found. I was too out it when the gastroenterologist came in to discuss things. He told Bill that it's being biopsied. The nurse came in a little later and said he wants me to do a CT scan. When we informed her of the ultrasound already ordered for Monday, she checked with him and said he'll wait to see those results before deciding whether or not to do the scan.

So, I feel like I'm in a holding pattern. The doctor also told Bill that if the polyp is okay, he'll put me on a 5-year colonoscopy plan. That kind of makes me nervous. I will definitely talk to him more about that!

*hugs*
Gail

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Gail,

I'm sorry that you have to wait for word on the prognosis, that has to be nerve wracking.

I wish you all the best and hope your scans come in clean!

Take care,

Ray

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Thanks, Ray.

*hugs*
Gail

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Tonight is Bible study and Childrens Church...You along with everyone else will be with me in prayer tonight. All will be well Tootsie......Love to you and yours, buzz

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Hugs.

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Thanks, dear.

*hugs*
Gail

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That gives me great comfort, Buzz.

*hugs*
Gail

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Sending prayers your way!

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Thanks, ketziah!

*hugs*
Gail

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Boy do we all know what you're going through! I can't remember how long you've been clear, but it seems like a long time. I'm sure you'll be clear this time. You know many people get those nasty polyps. We're just lucky that we're checked often enough to catch them before they do become problematic (after the fact that we've already received a diagnosis, and fought the fight, of course!).

I agree with you about the five year wait. With your history, and with a polyp being found, you should get checked in a year, right? Two at most? I would talk to him about that. Doctors seem to forget to check their notes on patient history. My Mother just had an upper endoscopy where a wart was found. She had her last colonoscopy a year ago, in which they find polyps every time. The doc tried to tell her to come back in three years for another colonoscopy. I had to remind him of her history, AND mine. He changed his tune, and wants her to get another one this summer. It always concerns me that we have to keep such a vigilant eye on these doctors!

Hugs!
Krista

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Exactly, Krista!

It just makes me nervous to think about it. I was diagnosed about 3 1/2 years ago, so if a polyp has been found in that time, I don't feel comfortable waiting 5 years. Of course, if it comes back as "something," then the picture will change.

*hugs*
Gail

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I am glad that procedure is over; now just wait for the good news. I agree about the 5 years, I wouldn't want to wait that long either if I were you.

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Thanks, Anne.

It did seem odd, since the nurse came in the room and said he wanted to know if I could do a CT scan tomorrow! Since I have the ultrasound on Monday, the CT has been put on hold, but it just seemed like on the one hand he was concerned, and on the other, he was cavalier.

*hugs*
Gail

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Sorry you still are in that waiting mode. It's so hard when you just want the answers now. Hoping that the biopsy is negative and that the ultrasound goes well on Monday. Most important is that they figure out what is going on with you. You are in my prayers.

Kim

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Thank you, Kim.

I always love to see your lovely, smiling face pop up on here.

*hugs*
Gail

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Gail I would sign up for the 5 year plan in one second......

all must be well sweetie....it just has to be....

worry when they want to see you every 2 weeks....

mags

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hey, Mags.

I know. I hate to do them! But I sure don't want something to crop up that could be taken care of if found in time, and it's not found until a couple of years down the road.

*hugs*
Gail

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Sending prayers your way also. I would not want to wait 5 years either. I agree you should remind the doc of your history. My doc told me 2 years tops.
hugs to ya,
Judy

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Thanks, Judy.

I guess we'll see what the ultrasound and biopsy show, and then we'll have a good talk.

*hugs*
Gail

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Gail, I just want to add, that the fact that my GP did a yearly cea blood test saved me the 2nd time. I had no symptoms. The 2nd time it was in my liver after 5 yrs. so please, at least insist on a cea annually.

Judy

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Well, right now I'm having CEA done every 3 months. Not sure what the schedule will be when I get to the 5 year mark. Thanks!

*hugs*
Gail

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When I had my colonoscopy last fall (4 1/2 years after diagnosis), the gastro told me that if he found nothing, he would put me on the 5-year plan, but if he found anything I would be on the 3-year plan. Since he found a benign polyp, I'm on the 3-year plan. I was really hoping for the 5-year plan, but 3 years between colonoscopies isn't bad. You might ask the gastro about the 3-year plan.
Joy

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Yeah, that sounds more reasonable. I had one about 6 months after diagnosis because of all the pain I had been having, and then this one was about 3 years from that. I don't think I want to stretch it out farther than that.

*hugs*
Gail

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dear gail,
i hope your results are clear
hugs,
pete

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Thanks, Pete! If so, do you and your wife want to celebrate with Thai for lunch? *grins*

*Hugs*
Gail

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Dear Gail,you will be fine.I pray for all the results are clear for you.Take care.

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Thanks, "Fight!"

*hugs*
Gail

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Gail,

I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope everything turns out well.

xoxo
Amy

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Thanks, Amy.

That makes me feel better!

*hugs*
Gail

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Gail,

I'll be saying prayers for you.

Hugs,
Sara

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Thank you, Sara. Prayers are good!

*hugs*
Gail

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If the polyp comes back benign and you go on a 5 year plan, then isn't that a good sign? I will be hoping for the best results!

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Lori,

I'm not trying to be negative about it. Even if it comes back benign, I think I would want to be checked sooner than 5 years, because I wouldn't want another one to show up that might not be so good, you know? Just seems like the wrong thing to do. Trust me, I'm no lover of the colonosocopy!

*hugs*
Gail

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Hi Gail,

Hope they don't make you wait too long for the biopsy results. I am betting the results will be benign as I don't think the polyps ever start out as cancerous- that takes time. I'm with you- I'd appreciate the doctors thinking I only need to be checked in another 5 years, but I'd want to check sooner than that- probably after 2 years to keep after things and snip any new polyp that may grow (hopefully none would, though).

Let us know how it turns out of course, and I'm praying all will go well with the ultrasound.

Hugs and prayers,
Lisa

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Thanks, Lisa.

With all you have going on, it makes me feel honored that you even have time to think about my little polyp.

*hugs*
Gail

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Gail,
Still holding you in prayer.

Aloha,
Kathleen

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Thanks, Kathleen.

You're a doll!

*hugs*
Gail

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All those tests - I think I have had every test but a mammogram in the last few weeks.

Hopefully that little polyp will spend the remainder of it's short life in a petri dish and you can move on with yours. I am sure you can work it out with your doctor. There is also the test on Monday to wait on. You probably don't need another colonoscopy as soon as next week :)

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Hey, I'm certainly not wanting another colonoscopy next week! *L* I was thinking more like 3 years!

*hugs*
Gail

PS Don't count out the mammogram! They do them on guys!

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Sending you hugs... try not to worry, easy for me to say. Monday will be here before you know it and you'll get good news. Some Florida sunshine tucked inside for you. xo Joyce

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Thanks, Joyce!

I just hope I get NEWS on Monday. I just want an answer to something, you know?

*hugs*
Gail

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