• Sally Kalksma

Sugar Plums & Medical Procedures

Happy New Year! Welcome to my website. I really appreciate you giving up some of your time to read my blog. I’ll try my best to make it worth it. Too bad I didn’t start this last year! I could have written about some very interesting topics: Details about the dinner with the CEO’s of Celgene and Bristol Myers, the race I did in Dallas where I climbed 600 floors, the time I recorded my first podcast... But no, not today. I'm sure I will revisit these exciting memories and experiences at a later date. 


What's new right now is not quite as exciting. I had a very special procedure done last week. I had a colonoscopy. Yup, you read that right, a colonoscopy. And it wasn’t the first time I had one, BUT (no pun intended) it is the first time I’m writing about it. I’m going full-steam ahead writing about something that people dread doing, let alone talk about, that is until they have one. 


Anyone who has had a colonoscopy knows there is nothing to it. You’re asleep for the whole thing. A really good, deep sleep. There’s no pain during or after, really! The worse part is prepping the day before. Prepping means fasting. I think it's awful because I love to eat. Food is sacred to Italians, like me. Food is also crucial to athletes, also like me. So being both makes fasting almost impossible. Thank goodness my doctor allows her patients to eat ice cream as part of the all liquid diet. However, I think I’m the only person who gains wait prepping for a colonoscopy. I ate one full gallon of ice cream as part of my prep. For breakfast I put it in the blender with ice. For lunch I microwaved it and drank it warm. For dinner I ate what was left right out of the carton until it was all finished. Still this lack of substantial food, and my positive attitude is probably what stirred my subconscious to have pleasant dreams during my colonoscopy.


Before the procedure the anesthesiologist told me I’d have good dreams. I asked him how, and he told me to have good thoughts as I fell asleep. I replied, “like dancing fairies and sugar plums?” The last thing I remember was pondering with my internist what exactly are sugar plums. When the procedure was done my doctor woke me up. She asked me if I remember telling her I was dreaming of candy canes and elves. No I didn’t remember my dreams but I do remember I had a positive experience, even it was a colonoscopy.

So if you’ve been procrastinating on your colonoscopy, don’t! There’s nothing to it, that includes food too. Sorry—I couldn’t sugar coat everything!


By the way, if you’re wondering, I had zero polyps.


Please join me again when we can find inspiration in obstacles and joy in overcoming them!




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