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chai2
 
Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 03:25 pm
my prep for my colonoscopy tomorrow.

I await the first grumbles
 
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 03:27 pm
@chai2,
Lord have mercy on your tuchas...?
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mismi
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 03:29 pm
@chai2,
Oh Chai...so sorry. Good for you though! But I know this part is bad.


You need your alone time now.
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Seed
 
  1  
Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 03:59 pm
@chai2,
Just remember to breathe...
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chai2
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 04:17 pm
I'm hungry!!!!
tsarstepan
 
  1  
Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 04:18 pm
@chai2,
You have to fast for 24 hours? Can you drink water?
djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 04:19 pm
@tsarstepan,
worse than that
Reyn
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 04:19 pm
@chai2,
Ah, piece of cake. Just try having a stomach scope. Wink
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 04:21 pm
It's usually not the colonoscopy that is difficult, because you are in twilight sleep (or whatever), but the prep. I've overdue for one, but did have a sigmoidoscopy, in which the procedure was the easy part. The prep, details of which I forget except forcing myself to drink the stuff, and nausea for the next two or three days (maybe there has been medical progress on this). The other neg was that there was a floor tile out in the office 'op' room and guys working up there. I could tell they weren't right there, but... egads and little fishes, as we used to say.

Since then I've read that colonoscopies miss a lot on the right side, and that the cheaper xray version is better for that. But.. medicare won't pick up the cost. Grrrr. On the other hand, I don't know the data on all that, just that I read about it from some reasonable source not all that long ago.

How ya doin', Chai? (sympathy)
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 04:23 pm
@djjd62,
What? One of those barium drinks I witnessed Ricky Gervais' character drink in his recent film Ghost Town (2008)?
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 04:26 pm
@tsarstepan,
no... http://ibdcrohns.about.com/cs/diagnostictesting/a/colonoscopyprep.htm

I read about another one that involved some power and a whole lot of gatorade.
sullyfish6
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 04:53 pm
Chai - good for you for having this done.

As you may know, i lost my husband to colon cancer almost 8 months ago. He was a non smoker, light drinker, exerciser, ate well. He did NOT listen to his body and constant constipation, then later gas, bloating, body aches, not being able to emply completely revealed a golf ball size tumor that had already spread to the liver and lymph glands. He had a colonoscopy just 2 yeares before. Dr.s were baffled. He lived for 2 years.

Ya all get yur butt to the Drs!! PLEASE!
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 05:02 pm
@chai2,
Good luck tomorrow.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 05:13 pm
@ossobuco,
Hah, that was powder, not power.


Powered by gas...
ossobuco
 
  1  
Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 05:16 pm
@ossobuco,
Sully, I don't mean to make light. I've friend a who had colon cancer about fifteen years ago - in her late 40's - and caught it in time then, and she is checked regularly. A recent flag, and now she's worried again.
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chai2
 
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Reply Mon 21 Dec, 2009 05:37 pm
@Reyn,
Reyn wrote:

Ah, piece of cake. Just try having a stomach scope. Wink


I'm having that done too!

They're going in both ends tomorrow.


Actually, the trips to the bathroom aren't bad, it's the huge amounts of fluids I'm having to drink.

1st - 4 ducalax tabs
2nd - a 10 oz bottle of magnesium citrate.
3rd- what I'm doing now, is 128 ounces of gatorade mixed with a whole bottle of miralax.

you have to drink a glass every 15 minutes until it's gone.

I'm bloated and it's making me queasy.
Actually, I think I'm already pretty much cleared out. Really, it's not bad at all.
I just can't wait to eat. Beef broth doesn't cut it.

I'm not worried at all about the procedure. I had a D&C last year and one of the drugs you get in the IV gives you amnesia.

Sullyfish, I'm sorry about your husband, these screening tests are indeed important.

Everyone, have your first colonoscopy when you turn 50, unless otherwise indicated by your physician.
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chai2
 
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Reply Tue 22 Dec, 2009 02:29 pm
Piece of cake.

On the chai-o-meter, the entire process, mostly the prep at home beforehand, was about 5% as bad as a lot of people make it out to be.

only thing I remember after getting wheeled down to the room is this vague feeling of being aware of having something like a dental damn put in my mouth, to keep it open for the endoscope.

other than a bit of a sore throat now, that's it.

As for the colonoscopy, don't remember a thing.
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neologist
 
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Reply Fri 6 Nov, 2015 03:03 pm
Just thought I'd update this old thread.
It's not a topic to be flushed away. . .
. . . Er, sorry
http://able2know.org/topic/301173-1
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Fri 6 Nov, 2015 06:20 pm
@chai2,
Quote:
I'm hungry!!!!
the not eating part was so much worse than everything else -- i could not take my mind off of how hungry i was...
neologist
 
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Reply Fri 6 Nov, 2015 06:34 pm
@Region Philbis,
Region Philbis wrote:
the not eating part was so much worse than everything else -- i could not take my mind off of how hungry i was...
What?
With all that yummy Jell-0 and Gatorade?
Pffft!
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