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WARNING: If you're the sort who's a little squeamish or hates it when bloggers start drawling on about their medical problems, skip this post.
Okay. It turns out that proctitis is not the main problem—late in January, I'll need a colonoscopy to have a polyp removed. With some reading, I've discovered that such polyps are far from uncommon. Over 60% of people over age 60 get them, for instance. It is less common in people like me under 40, but no big surprise either.
I still resent it, of course. Somehow—and this is irrational, I know—I subconsciously think that because I have diabetes, I should get a pass on other unrelated conditions, like gastrointestinal polyps. But then I have varicose veins too, so that idea went out the window a long time ago. Health and probability don't work that way.