Pickles by Brian Crane for May 12, 2023

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    C  7 months ago

    Seems reasonable

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    allen@home  7 months ago

    My dad has had a few of those. Don’t sound like fun.

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    jdi801  7 months ago

    Just to avoid drinking that horrible flush.

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    sirbadger  7 months ago

    Maybe the world will come to his rear end.

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    Last Rose Of Summer Premium Member 7 months ago

    2 words…. Colon Guard. Mail it in, you’re done!

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    stairsteppublishing  7 months ago

    It is such a simple procedure that can save your life. The stuff taken before to clean you out, has so improved, it is not has long as long or as much these days.

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    ArcticFox Premium Member 7 months ago

    It beats the alternative!

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    hariseldon59  7 months ago

    I didn’t find the experience to be nearly as bad as some people make it out to be. The bowel flushing was somewhat unpleasant but not unbearable. The actual procedure was a snap since you’re under anesthesia the whole time.

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    carlsonbob  7 months ago

    It’s the prep for a colonoscopy that’s the huge inconvenience. The actual procedure is quite simple and fast.

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    Botulism Bob  7 months ago

    The nurses will knock you out with an intravenous drug so you don’t feel anything, or you can decline it and watch it all on TV.

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    GeorgeInAZ  7 months ago

    Sounds like for Earl things will be looking up.

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    Ivy Valory Premium Member 7 months ago

    Personally, I am 100% in Earl’s camp. I had one twenty years ago and the prep was so awful I was sick for a week. Plus I woke up halfway through it. Plus it actually was so harsh on my innards it actualy gave me colitis. So I’ve told every new doctor I don’t care if my colon falls out, I am never doing that again. I’ve been metaphorically reamed up my rumpus quite enough, thank you so much, and I’ll be darned if I’ll stand for the real thing.

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      7 months ago

    so… not dead any more?

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    einarbt  7 months ago

    If the credit card company thinks he is dead then why go for torturescopy.

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    The Reader Premium Member 7 months ago

    That’s the end of that gag!

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    MayCauseBurns  7 months ago

    Colonoscopy? Why for all the good they do, you might as well sti…

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    iggyman  7 months ago

    I had one, the prep is far worse than the actual procedure !

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    Jingles  7 months ago

    NRMC Portsmouth about 20 years ago. butchers. tore my colon under my liver. never again. read that consent form closely, or have a lawyer read it. you’re essentially absolving them of responsibility for manslaughter if they screw up. ymmv.

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    tremaine53  7 months ago

    The idea, Earl, is that the colonoscopy makes it possible for your world NOT to come to an end due to colon cancer. So if— like Vince Lombardi, btw— you’d rather die soon than undergo an unpleasant procedure… Well, that’s kind of silly, isn’t it Earl?

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    Frank Salem Premium Member 7 months ago

    I often think to myself that when a kid is growing up does he think to himself that he wants to be a proctologist and examine a%^holes when he grows up?

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    DavidWilliams1  7 months ago

    They keep promising tiny cameras you can swallow. No prep. I’m waiting for it.

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    6foot6  7 months ago

    well, according to his bank, he’s dead. Sooooo.

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    Darryl Heine  7 months ago

    Why not use Cologuard? It’s advertised on TV nowadays.

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    brick10  7 months ago

    Just consider it as going in for a “cleanse.”

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    Ned Snipes  7 months ago

    The prep always gets me into sub orbital flights. It does get me in the end though.

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    WestNYC Premium Member 7 months ago

    I’m with Earl on this one.

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    Gen.Flashman  7 months ago

    Anyone here have a non-sedation colonoscopy? This is the standard procedure outside the US. The discomfort is more psychological than physical. The advantage is once it is over you can get up and leave (decided not to use “go”)-no waiting for the propofol to wear off. Also, you do not have to bring anyone with you to drive you home. There is now a pill option Sutab-have to take a total of 24 pills and the downside is they are about $130 and may not be covered by insurance.

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    kaycstamper  7 months ago

    LOL, sounds like me! I DREAD those!

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    elbow macaroni  7 months ago

    Worn-out colonoscopy joke. Yawn.

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    flemmingo  7 months ago

    They have pills for the prep now. Just drink a lot of water with them. That other stuff made me sick.

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    rickmac1937 Premium Member 7 months ago

    Got that right Earl

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    Moonkey Premium Member 7 months ago

    A close friend of mine nearly died from stage 4 colon cancer. Her dr was incorrectly treating her for hemorrhoids. It went up into her bladder and she is not the same person she used to be after all the treatments she went through for years. Her memory is a mess, she tires easily, and she has been “cancer free” for 6 years. I will be back for my next colonoscopy in 5 years, since my last one was in January.

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    ANIMAL  7 months ago

    Yeah……. I HEAR YA

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    PuggyPug  7 months ago

    My sister just had one. It took her a couple days afterward to recover from the prep and anesthesia. She only weighs slightly less the 100 lbs, so that may be why. They had to give her a child’s dose of anesthesia.

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    brian  7 months ago

    I’m with Earl. lol.

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    Zebrastripes  7 months ago

    My same sentiment! It’s the prep that’s the worst!

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    jimmeh Premium Member 7 months ago

    I have a Cologuard every there years in place of the scope. No prep, but the retrieval of the sample is not much fun.

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    The Famous Eccles  7 months ago

    Just don’t make any plans to go anywhere the day before!

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    ladykat  7 months ago

    It’s a necessary evil. I agree with Earl, though.

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    Larry S  7 months ago

    I recently applied for a mortgage. The loan officer required an incredible amount of financial information. Pages and pages. The last page I included wasthe photo of my colonoscopy. Couldn’t resist. ; >)

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    par4buffett  7 months ago

    or the world will be coming to HIS end…

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    Snuffles [Previously Helikitty]   7 months ago

    Well, he’s already deceased, so why should he do it?

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    FassEddie  7 months ago

    It’s just a couple feet of camera stalk up the ol’ chute with a team of nurses standing around – each of them secretly hoping that there will be a brass ring around each bend in the tunnel.

    That’s my plan for the next time. Brass ring! Red ribbon!

    I figure that there oughta be some prize for having to be in the same room with my cro-magnon backside.

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    MuddyUSA  Premium Member 7 months ago

    The stuff you have to drink….ugh….and then swoosh…………..

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    kenocar Premium Member 7 months ago

    Hey Earl, undetected colon cancer is much worse than a colonoscopy.

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    hawkeye1201  7 months ago

    My Doctor told me that I was too old, and why risk a perforated colon.

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    jbarnes  7 months ago

    Earl may be too old for that…the recommendations stop at 75

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    mistercatworks  7 months ago

    Yours might.

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    iggyman  7 months ago

    I love Roscoe’s eyes last panel!

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    kennnyp  7 months ago

    Speaking as a guy who has to have them every other year…they are nothing to be fearful of….the scope itself you really won’t feel as they will give you a sedative…the night before is a little uncomfortable but very tolerable…bring a tablet or tv into your bathroom to keep you occupied…. use warm water souse your private area and a little preparation H before you start ‘going’…and remember…any little discomfort is much much much easier than having colon cancer…. don’t think too much…. it’s not that bad…

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    Dapperdan61  Premium Member 7 months ago

    I love colonoscopies but I have to wait 3 more years before I’m due to get another one. I have a nice warm bidet to sit on for the prep the night before

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    Sir Davecelot  7 months ago

    Drinking that liquid is bringing back some unpleasant memories.

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    kathleenhicks62  7 months ago

    I would like to let those tests slide by but the reality is not so good.

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    zeexenon  7 months ago

    My low red blood cell count lead to two upper and one lower GI. (Lower sooner than scheduled.) It seems at 70+ I never have to do the lower again, but we will see. ;-)

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    daleandkristen  7 months ago

    The prep part the night before is awful. The procedure itself is nothing at all. You are knocked out and awakened minutes later. Barely a cramp, fixed by Tylenol if needed.

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    NRHAWK Premium Member 7 months ago

    I’m with Earl on this one. The last one I had done and upon waking from the drug cocktail they gave me I felt disoriented and strangely violated. Also, I’m not sure but I think I’m now engaged to one of the nurses. She’s an attractive woman but I’m pretty sure she could take me in a fight.

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    dadoctah  7 months ago

    I’m still waiting for the prep to wear off from the one they did ten years ago.

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    jackthemailman  7 months ago

    I reckon Earl’s “aged out” by now.

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    wndflower1  7 months ago

    sure beats colon cancer!

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    Petemejia77  7 months ago

    Just did mine last week!

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    zenyattafan  7 months ago

    I can relate.

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    metagalaxy1970  7 months ago

    the stuff you have to drink is nasty. If you can, take the pill.

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    whelan_jj  7 months ago

    If you wait until you’re past a certain age they no longer bother asking you to take them. I think the idea is that you will likely be dead before the colon cancer takes hold.

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    cafed00d Premium Member 7 months ago

    I put off my first colonoscopy for years and years. Then when I had the first one they found cancerous cells in the polyps they extracted. Fortunately, the cancer had not spread. I now go every other year without fail. The slight inconvenience is well worth it.

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    heathcliff2  7 months ago

    You go for it, Opal. Leave him to choose for himself.

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    csjohns97  7 months ago

    They’re not really that bad, even the prep isn’t as bad as it used to be. You’re not aware of anything going on. The only thing I told them all beforehand was not to talk about me behind my b*tt!

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    T...  7 months ago

    My sentiments exactly…

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    rick92040  7 months ago

    For me it was one and done.

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    Chuck2Carol Premium Member 7 months ago

    It’s a bit dated now, but try to get a copy of Dave Barry’s account of going through the prep and having the colonoscopy. It is hilarious!! I’ve tried reading it aloud to friends or relatives who are facing the procedure, but I cannot finish it for laughing out loud and interrupting the reading. It seems to work best with folks who really enjoy “toilet” humor. Good luck, Earl!

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    sew-so  7 months ago

    I got my 1st colonoscopy about 5 years ago – actually, they put cameras down both ends, to check my entire gastro system. Then prep was disgusting, and I promised myself that when (not if!) the results came back clean, I would never do that again.

    The results were a nasty stomach ulcer and a 40cm precancerous polyp (which was removed when they found it, thankfully).

    I get them every other year now. Not taking chances with cancer.

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    Swamprat  7 months ago

    Fortunately, for my last one I got to do the Cologuard

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    pamela welch Premium Member 7 months ago

    I had one at 53; upon rousing from the anesthesia, declared I’d have to have a lobotomy before I’d do it again — so far, it’s been 21 years, no lobotomy/no colonoscopy.

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    kab2rb  7 months ago

    My husband had two and that is the end of that. Opal for Earl he is not the only man who states no.

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    Templo S.U.D.  7 months ago

    lame excuse, Earl

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    TwilightFaze  7 months ago

    This is how every guy feels about it, Pearl. At your age, you should know this by now.

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    tinstar  7 months ago

    Brief as it was, during mine, it was the best sleep I’d had in a long time!

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    LeftCoastBoomer Premium Member 7 months ago

    The “amnesiac” drug they administer is wild!

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    lindz.coop Premium Member 7 months ago

    Me too.

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    CalLadyQED  7 months ago

    Isn’t he old enough to stop doing them?

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