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My journal of my battle with Crohns disease. I have had Crohn's diagnosed since September 2007. In that time I've been through two surgeries, two colonoscopies, and tons of good and bad times. I want to share my experiences with this disorder and hope to hear some feedback from time to time.

The Good News and the Bad News

Thursday, October 15, 2009
I received some really good that can save a ton of money, but then I read something that made the good news not so great.

First, the bad news.  I learned today that a colonoscopy can be a sort of dangerous thing.  First, when you prepare for the procedure by clearing out your bowels with solution, you strip your colon of tons of bacteria.  There are tons of good and bad bacteria in your gut, but when you take out everything, you leave your digestive system open to evil opportunistic infection from yeast, viruses, and parasites.

The second bad thing about the procedure is the instrument itself.  They are impossible to completely sterilize.  Gross, I know!  It is supposedly known that it difficult to sterilize the devices without using temperatures so hight that the scopes themselves become damages. I'm sorry I didn't know that.  This is because the endoscopes have small cavities that cannot be reached by hand.

Even the government cannot agree on how long is needed to clean the devices. The FDA and CDC have different answers on how long it take with the FDA saying 45 and the CDC think it can be done in 20 minutes. Reports say health care providers don’t like to use sterile disposable parts and sheaths for the scopes because of added cost.

So with all of that above, what's my good news.  It's open enrollment time again at work for insurance, and the new plan covers preventative care 100%.  Things included in that? Colonoscopies. :)