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The journey begins…

August 21, 2009

I was born in Spanish Harlem, NY…

Just kidding.

My journey started out innocently enough, during a doctor’s visit a blood test reveled that I was anemic so my Dr. followed up with a plethora of additional tests of everything under the sun, more blood work, and other samples which shall remain nameless but one could use their imagination.

While waiting for the results of these tests and consequently the follow-up consult with my Dr. I came home one evening and turned the TV on.

This was late August 2008.

Oprah was on.

The show was going to cut to commercial with Oprah’s words “when we come back Dr. Oz will have the poop discussion”.

Dr. Oz is on!! And… he’s going to have what discussion? Did I hear right?

That got my attention.

So I sat down and heard Dr. Oz’s description of “good poop” and “bad poop”.

As he was describing the “bad poop” I realized that I had most… if not all… those symptoms.

Then Dr Oz mentioned that if there is increased frequency in any or all symptoms to discuss it with your Doctor.

Back to my Dr’s office two weeks later, the results of all tests are negative, during that discussion I told my Dr. of the Dr. Oz poop discussion and how my symptoms were increasing in frequency. My Dr. suggested I see a Gastroenterologist and gave me a name, I scheduled an appointment that day.

A month later I’m discussing my symptoms with the Gastroenterologist …to be noted… I didn’t have any bleeding or pain (or any other external symptoms) and, although I’m too young to have one (45) – he schedules a Colonoscopy based on the symptoms that was provided to me by Dr. Oz. with his poop discussion.

Three weeks later I’m back at the Gastroenterologist’s office having the colonoscopy. I must admit… the hardest part of the exam is the prepping the day before. You had to drink this liquid from a big plastic jug the Dr. gives you, it comes with 4 flavor packets. Everyone I talked to who had the procedure said that the Pineapple flavor is the best – so I mixed the Pineapple flavor with the liquid in the plastic jug and started drinking.

Having the procedure was easy; I was basically knocked out during the whole event.

There I was back in the examination room waiting for the Dr. to come in with the results.

Being that I always eat well (basically a Mediterranean diet) along with an active lifestyle (working out at the gym 6 days a week & tons of walking… this is NY after all) I was expecting a clean bill of health.

Then the Dr. walked in with a concerned look in his eyes and the announcement that he had to stop the procedure due to “an obstruction”.

This was on December 31st, 2008.