Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What isn't as bad as you thought it would be?


Colonoscopy. People make jokes about it and it sounds crazy and uncomfortable to have a tube with a camera going several feet up your ass but the reality is that you get great IV drugs that knock you out and you wake up half an hour later or so and never experienced any of the actual procedure....

Turning 40. I'm actually really digging my 40s (almost halfway through!)....

Giving up soda. I needed to lose weight, and this was the easiest way to do it. I cut out everything but water and milk for two weeks....

Being old. I'm 76.

Having a Vasectomy, both procedure and recovery were nowhere near as bad as I had heard.

Asking a guy out. Even when the answer's "no," it's better than just letting a crush stew.

Cooking and baking. If you can follow simple directions, you can cook.

15 comments:

Methadras said...

Eating sushi. I haven't had it in a few years, just because I lost the taste for it because I ate it so much, but when I first started eating it, I really resisted doing it the first time. I knuckled down and just did it one day and it was an addiction ever since. That addiction has subsided over the years, but I still crave a good roll now and then.

ricpic said...

My last colonoscopy I took a cab to the doctors' office and when I checked in they said I'd have to have it done without anesthesia because I didn't have a friend or relative to drive me home. But I'd told the cab company to pick me up in an hour and a half. So I lied. I picked up the phone and made a fictional call to a friend in front of the receptionist. After the procedure they all gave me a dirty look when the cab guy came back to take me home. Rather than feel guilty I felt anger. Why should I go through a colonoscopy without anesthesia to comply with their CYA rule. Tell me I'm wrong.

bagoh20 said...

Pretty much everything I ever lost sleep over. Nothing is ever as bad as the human mind can conjure up when it works at it. All the wasted hours and lost peace worrying about stuff that either never happened or was overcome anyway. My advice to younger people is always to not worry. It never helps and does a lot of damage. You have challenges in life, so you think it through, make a plan, execute, adjust execute. There is no worrying step. That's the advice anyway, but I have a very hard time taking it myself, especially lately. Moving my company and all our families is the hardest thing I ever attempted in my life by far, and I'm not sleeping much. If I'm not working toward the goal, I'm worrying, even in my sleep.

Related: Has any impeding tragedy widely discussed ever really happened? Y2K, over-population, Japanese invasion of the west coast in the 40s, German invasion of the east coast, global cooling, nuclear holocaust in the 50's, Japan overtaking our economy in the 80's, another 9/11, anthrax, ebola, communist domination, the end of capitalism, and on and on.

It's always the stuff nobody expects that hits you. So stop worrying, and live free.

Sixty Grit said...

A CYA colonoscopy - I see what you did there.

bagoh20 said...

Nobody really expects it, so it's gonna be the Canadians that get us.

edutcher said...

Trump keeping his promises.

bagoh20 said...

German invasion of the east coast

All Dolf wanted to do was bomb it, but Kaiser Bill had definite plans in that direction.

Methadras said...

Oh and my divorce. Thank you.

ndspinelli said...

Root canals. I've had 2. They are a piece o'cake.

ndspinelli said...

Ricpic, You are ABSOLUTELY correct. My bride was tending to her dying mother when I had my colonoscopy out here in San Diego last month. I told them she would be there and was planning on taking Uber, giving them a BS story when I checked into the hospital that she was on her way from the airport. Turns out, she made it back for my procedures. Fuck their rules. It's really attorneys that are to blame.

Sixty Grit said...

I was pretty out of it after my colonoscopy, I won't repeat what I said, but suffice it to say, there is a reason that propofol is called the Milk of Amnesia - I had no recollection of entire conversations and I am glad no one was rolling video on me.

Prior to the procedure I told them I would drive myself home. Glad they insisted otherwise.

Also, they said "See you in 10 years!" - as if!

bagoh20 said...

Doesn't anyone in here keep their pants on around a doctor with a camera?

Sixty Grit said...

Hey, she said she had a medical degree and a license - who am I to argue?

Methadras said...

bagoh20 said...
Doesn't anyone in here keep their pants on around a doctor with a camera?


If she's hot, I won't argue. Well, other than just asking for more lube and warm gloves. After that bit of process, then she can begin her examination. :D

Leland said...

Going on a cruise. I feared being seasick, if even for a day, would ruin the whole thing. Wife insisted in 2011 that we do one, so it happened. We have 7th a week from Saturday and already planning our 8th. Never needed Dramamine, even in 70mph winds.

Being unemployed for a bit wasn't too bad either. I knew it was coming a year in advance, I planned for it, and after 4 months ended up with a job that started over 20% higher than the previous job. In the meantime; I experienced what it was like to not give a $&%# about any missing TPS reports or upcoming team meetings. I never slept so well as an adult. Now looking forward to full retirement.

William said...

So far so good with old age. I can't see an upside to death, however........There's one chance in ten thousand of a perforated colon during a colonoscopy. I'd buy lots of tickets for a lottery with those odds.