Finding humour in strange places

Mosgiel resident Warren Wenlock (centre) hands over a joke book to Bowel Screening nurse co-ordinators Genevieve Cowley (left) and Laura Bane (right) at Dunedin Hospital recently. Photo: Supplied
Mosgiel resident Warren Wenlock (centre) hands over a joke book to Bowel Screening nurse co-ordinators Genevieve Cowley (left) and Laura Bane (right) at Dunedin Hospital recently. Photo: Supplied

While for most people having a colonoscopy is no joking matter, Mosgiel resident Warren Wenlock is happy to bring some humour to the experience for future patients.

Mr Wenlock had a colonoscopy at Dunedin Hospital in July after receiving a positive test result from a screening test kit.

‘‘It was quite an adventure really,’’ he said.

‘‘I just watched the whole thing on the screen; it was amazing.’’

Mr Wenlock said the surgeons found four polyps, ranging from 2mm to 40mm.

‘‘They said the 40mm polyp was one of the biggest ones they’d ever seen.

‘‘They cut it in half and took it out in two pieces.

‘‘It was quite a journey and they explained all the way through what was going on.

‘‘It was really good — I was very impressed.’’

Mr Wenlock’s polyps were sent for testing and found to be non-cancerous, but he will have ongoing sureillance to monitor any future changes.

‘‘It’s a great relief and it makes you feel good knowing that everything is OK.’’

Mr Wenlock recently returned to Dunedin Hospital, where he presented an unusual gift to the staff at the gastroenterology unit.

‘‘My doctor told a few jokes before he started the procedure, just to relax me, I presume,’’ he said.

‘‘But oh, they were terrible jokes, and I laughed just to be nice.

‘‘So I looked around for a joke book for him so he could brush up on his jokes. I think he would appreciate it.’’

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