I’m a few months overdue for my first screening colonoscopy. Doing my best to avoid COVID exposure, so my doc agreed that since I was low risk, I could use the Cologuard at-home test. He ordered it for me, it arrived last week, and I did it earlier this week. The process briefly, is thus:
#1: Poop in the included bucket.
#2: Take grooved wand from the included vial, scrape on poop to fill said grooves, and place wand back in vial.
#3: Pour included bottle of “preservative” in bucket of poop, and then close/seal lid.
#5. Put wand/vial back in box, and also put bucket of poop in box. Return box to sender.
Overall it probably beats an actual colonoscopy in terms of convenience and comfort, but it was pretty gross; an open-air bucket of poop really stinks up the bathroom. If I ever do it again, I’ll wear a respirator with organic-vapor cartridges.
So my question is this:
It appears the grooved wand in the vial is the actual sample that they test. But if that’s the case, then why did I also send them a bucket of poop? Was that just a courtesy on their part, so I didn’t have to scrape poop out of a bucket and then discard an odiferous bucket in my own trash? Or do they actually do something with that?