Fireworks of a Different Kind

You know you’re getting old when you schedule your colonoscopy for the day after the 4th of July.  While everyone will be over indulging on burgers and dogs, corn on the cob, red, white & blue deserts and lots of libations to keep one cool amidst the summer heat; my husband will be overindulging in clear liquids, and green and orange Jello.  And probably about the time for the beautiful fireworks display exploding against the dark sky, he too, will have his explosive moments as well.  Guaranteed they won’t be in Technicolor.

Out of sympathy, I have told him I would follow his diet plan – minus the Dulcolax tablets and the Magnesium Sulfate, and the mad dashes to the bathroom, of course.  Sympathy has its limits.

It’s not because we aren’t patriotic.  In fact, we each bought new shirts to wear for this occasion as our old ones were pretty worn and faded.  Rather, with a lot going on this summer, we had a hard time fitting the colonoscopy into the schedule.  When the receptionist said that their schedule was light the day after the 4th (gee, I wonder why?), we decided it was a good time.

Since being in Oviedo we have done a lot of socializing with meeting and making new friends.  That’s that other way you know you’re getting old; the chief entertainment is going out to eat.  So a little restriction of food intake can only help remove some unwanted pounds.

Instead of enjoying a repast that lights up the skies this Fourth of July, we will have a quiet day of plain Jane liquids with sparks of green and orange and many bathroom trips.  Oh, and speaking of getting old-a few Depends.

It’s a heck of a way to lose weight and insure health.

Have you scheduled your colonoscopy?  If you are 50 years of age or older – its TIME!  If you have a history of colon cancer in your family; than 40 is the magic age.  The preparation is a small inconvenience to insure that you are free from abnormalities and disease that could definitely cause you pain and shorten your life.  The procedure itself is a breeze, without pain, and with  Propofol you get the best nap you have ever had.  So just do and be around for many more July 4th s.

How will you be spending your 4th of July?

May God Bless the United States of America!  Have a Happy & Safe 4th of July.


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Blessings for Health & Wellness.

Comments (1)

  1. I had my first at (66) a few weeks ago. So I found your jokes very funny.

    July 3, 2019 at 7:58 pm

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