The Barium Enema and X-Ray went fine, though uncomfortable — particularly when they injected the air to blow up my colon like a balloon (no need to twist it into animal shapes, however!) and then ask me to writhe around on the table to allow gravity to get to work at coating my insides with Barium.

One of the male nurses who attended to me was a Christian; we had a good chat, which helped to make me feel more at ease.

The funniest moment was when the doctor was poised ready to insert the Barium tube into my lubed-up ‘back passage’ when I said, “Should I tell you now or afterwards that I’m one of the chaplains here?” He laughed and replied, “You don’t get any preferential treatment here; you all get treated the same!” It was worth a shot!

p.s. I had breakfast to break my fast (makes sense!): a bowl of Kellogg’s Special K with semi-skimmed milk.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Former Scrum master at Safeguard Global, Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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  1. Hope you’ve recovered from the unpleasant experience. So, go on… tell us what it was you ate first to end your fast?!?

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