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    The Medical Thread: We're experts on everything else; why not?

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    Re: The Medical Thread: We're experts on everything else; why not?

    I have a relative (uncle) who recently went in for a colonoscopy. They were "lightly sedated", whatever that means; however, they are now having some short-term memory issues post-procedure. This is interesting given the family history: a parent (uncle's sibling), post-general anesthesia, went from mild memory issues to diagnosed dementia (memory care for nearly a decade now).

    And now a sibling has their GP recommending a screening colonoscopy and they are paranoid. So, poll the audience.


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    I have a relative (uncle) who recently went in for a colonoscopy. They were "lightly sedated", whatever that means; however, they are now having some short-term memory issues post-procedure. This is interesting given the family history: a parent (uncle's sibling), post-general anesthesia, went from mild memory issues to diagnosed dementia (memory care for nearly a decade now).

    And now a sibling has their GP recommending a screening colonoscopy and they are paranoid. So, poll the audience.


    And yes, my day is coming soon enough.
    There's a whole thing among naturopaths about how anesthetics stay in the body and accumulate to cause problems if you don't get them "cleared". There's so much complete garbage out there about clearing toxins and using essential oils and whatnot, though, that if you look into it I advise skepticism and keeping one hand on your wallet. But then, I've been surprised and impressed by what "alternative" practitioners can get done. If you find a smart and ethical one.

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    Re: The Medical Thread: We're experts on everything else; why not?

    So I'm reading about Aaron Hernandez's horrific brain damage when little geezer asks if he can join football next season. What to tell him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by geezer View Post
    So I'm reading about Aaron Hernandez's horrific brain damage when little geezer asks if he can join football next season. What to tell him?
    Explain risks. All of them. Then let him decide.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenthoven View Post
    Explain risks. All of them. Then let him decide.
    You're probably right, he is 16 so I hate to dictate his choices. But man...

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    Quote Originally Posted by geezer View Post
    You're probably right, he is 16 so I hate to dictate his choices. But man...
    I do not envy you. But if he knows ALL the risks, and then proceeds...

    The trouble is with players in the past, they DIDN'T know all the risks.

    And here we are with this conundrum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geezer View Post
    So I'm reading about Aaron Hernandez's horrific brain damage when little geezer asks if he can join football next season. What to tell him?
    Big thing is that he is 16 and if he's never played before, he's missed out on a lot of the cumulative hits. So he does have that going for him.

    Might want to consider meeting with his high school coach(es) and find out if they are "old school" football or not. While many coaches have adapted to how the game has changed and are at the forefront of playing "the right way", there are also others who think the game peaked in 90's and still play as such.

    Working as a Back Judge on Friday nights has shown that those types are still somewhat common and are going to be the death of this sport
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    The other thing is, you CAN pull the "you're only 16 and live in my house" but that could backfire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenthoven View Post
    Explain risks. All of them. Then let him decide.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brenthoven View Post
    Explain risks. All of them. Then let him decide.
    This is excellent advice.

    It is also appropriate to give your personal opinion / preference as parent. But giving him the power to make the decision makes him feel autonomous and that's what is really important that age.

    Also it sets the tone between you and him where you are a positive, supportive resource rather than a dictator to be sneaked around. One season of football is probably not a big deal either way. But he is entering a decade with very, very hairy decisions and he's going to need to trust his father for guidance. It's best to establish early that you respect him as starting to grow into an adult but you also have been down the road before him scouting and have valuable intel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    I have a relative (uncle) who recently went in for a colonoscopy. They were "lightly sedated", whatever that means; however, they are now having some short-term memory issues post-procedure. This is interesting given the family history: a parent (uncle's sibling), post-general anesthesia, went from mild memory issues to diagnosed dementia (memory care for nearly a decade now).

    And now a sibling has their GP recommending a screening colonoscopy and they are paranoid. So, poll the audience.


    And yes, my day is coming soon enough.
    Done that, 3 times already. Was given propofol for the "light sedation" with no problems. Next one is in 2 years. Oh, and just because colon cancer doesn't run in the family you have to get it done starting at 50. Polyps will form and if the go undetected they can become cancerous. The prep is the worst part as everyone will say but one would rather be safe than sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SonofSouthie View Post
    Done that, 3 times already. Was given propofol for the "light sedation" with no problems. Next one is in 2 years. Oh, and just because colon cancer doesn't run in the family you have to get it done starting at 50. Polyps will form and if the go undetected they can become cancerous. The prep is the worst part as everyone will say but one would rather be safe than sorry.
    This. Start earlier. I had mine at 52 but in retrospect just start at 45 ferchrissakes -- risk/reward.

    BTW, everybody talks about the prep being horrific but I just found it to be gross and an inconvenience, it's not actually painful or anything.

    The procedure is a breeze (because you're on a beach on the Pain Killer Archipelago) and there's no aftermath issues atoll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    This. Start earlier. I had mine at 52 but in retrospect just start at 45 ferchrissakes -- risk/reward.

    BTW, everybody talks about the prep being horrific but I just found it to be gross and an inconvenience, it's not actually painful or anything.

    The procedure is a breeze (because you're on a beach on the Pain Killer Archipelago) and there's no aftermath issues atoll.
    BTW, everybody talks about the prep being horrific
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    A colonoscopy is a screening test that can also be curative. It is one of the most successful advances in medicine in terms of years saved of morbidity and mortality. You should have a **** solid reason not to get one when recommended by your primary care doc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geezer View Post
    You're probably right, he is 16 so I hate to dictate his choices. But man...
    16 is a good age to begin contact in a helmet sport. If he wants to, support him.

    Just make sure the coaches are teaching rugby tackles not flying body missile hits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    16 is a good age to begin contact in a helmet sport. If he wants to, support him.

    Just make sure the coaches are teaching rugby tackles not flying body missile hits.
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    I'm not giving my kids, if I have any, the choice to play football. It's like handing him a pack of cigarettes in high school and saying, "Your choice."

    No, this is a case where you need to be the adult and say no. For the health of your children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    I'm not giving my kids, if I have any, the choice to play football. It's like handing him a pack of cigarettes in high school and saying, "Your choice."

    No, this is a case where you need to be the adult and say no. For the health of your children.
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