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   Posted 8/26/2008 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, guys. I have a very specialized problem: I'm severely colorblind. And that means that there's no way I can tell if there's blood in my stool. If my doctor asks if I've had any blood, all I can tell him is that it's possible--there were a couple of days when my stools looked dark and, if really really watery, then the toilet contents looked something that could be reddish or could be just brown. And I sure as heck am not going to ask anyone in my family to come look in the toilet and tell me (gross!). So I'm wondering if anyone knows whether there's any kind of home test that can tell you whether there's blood in your stool. Anybody know? Thanks.

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   Posted 8/26/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
There is something that doctors often give to their patients to submit a fecal sample for testing as part of the colon cancer screening process. It checks for occult blood in the stool. It's called the Hemoccult Fecal Occult Blood Test. The patient puts small bits of stool samples on little cards in the privacy of their home. Then a special solution is applied in the lab or doctor's office to see if there is blood. It might be possible that your doctor would offer to prescribe the components of the test for home usage.

The main draw back is that if there is blood in the stool, then the test area on the card turns BLUE - something you could not see. However, you could ask a family member to read the sample.
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   Posted 8/27/2008 3:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Just a side note I do not think your family is going to care about your poop being gross, but they are going to care about there being blood in there. So please if there is ever any question please do ask them. Especially if you are having pain.
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