Erin-about your scopes

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straydog
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   Posted 7/28/2005 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Erin,
 
I see you are scheduled to have upper & lower scopes. Both are a piece of cake, but the prep for lower is by far the worst of it all. If you have ever read any of the posts on the cd board and they talk about the colonoscopy, they all agree, the prep is the worst of all.
 
My gi does put you under w/conscious sedation, you remember nothing. For his patients he has us on clear liquids 2 days before the scope, the night before scope we drink a bottle of the fleet crap in 24 ounces of something really cold. No red drinks. We have to drink this in one hour. Trust me, this does the job on cleaning you out. I drink mine at 4:00pm and I am up & down late into the night making a mad dash. This is after being in the b/r for 8hrs.
 
I don't know what kind of prep he has recommended but I thought I would tell you what I have to do and it will make you run clear and thats what they want.
 
I sometimes get sick at my stomach with this prep business or increased cramping of the gut. I have had 4 scopes since Oct of 02. One upper scope revealed h-pyloria so he treated me for that.
 
Since you are in ill health with the weight loss and all, if you start throwing up get to the hospital ASAP, otherwise you may become dehydrated. 
 
Hope you feel better soon. love & hugs, Susie


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   Posted 7/29/2005 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   

:-)  Hi Susie!

thak you for your info on my prep! he's already warned me that if i collapse or pass out to stay at the ER until the scope. i'm @ risk for dehydration and shock, but i can drink as much as i want even on the day of before 6 am. here's my RX:

  • 1 bottle of magnesium citrate at 10am
  • 12 noon 1.5 oz of the fleet phospho soda
  • 3pm the other half of the soda
  • 6pm 2 dulcolax tabs
  • 1 more bottle of MC if not running clear yet.

oy! but i am allowed to still take my pain meds! whew! i know i'll be exhausted! i wish my potty was higher!  tongue it's gonna be a job to get up and off the pot all day!!!

i will be looking to you for some humor during my BM fest!!! tee hee hee. i guess the sh** will really hit the fan! appropriate eh? good thing i don't have any fans! yeah

take good care!

erin

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   Posted 7/29/2005 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
What is he trying to do kill you before the scope. You may as well throw a bunch of towels in tub and take in some reading material. I am serious about camping in the b/r. Just one bottle of the MC or the Fleet will have you running clear. He is one of those that goes way over board on the prep. My gi's recipe works like a champ and you are right, sh** does hit the fan. I just don't see you making it thru all that crap, you will end up throwing up, cause non of that crap tastes good. I say that because you are in a delicate and weak condition and I just can't imagine him having you do all that crap. Unreal. Obviously he has not followed his own prep for a scope, he would find out he is setting his patients up for about 16 hrs of sh****** their brains out. You can darn well bet if you have no inflammation in your gut now, you will after all that crap.

My gi says all that prep is not good on an already inflammed gut. Plus his recipe does work on running you clear. You poor baby, my heart goes out to you. hugs & love, Susie


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   Posted 7/29/2005 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Holy cow! My husband had to take the Fleet and I believe the magnisium. That Fleet stuff was nasty tasting and did nasty things to his bowels. You might want to go (if you don't have them already) and get your self some preperation H wipes (unless that's a no-no for the scope) - it might help keep you from getting tp rash! redface
 
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   Posted 7/30/2005 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
am definitely thinking about getting some moist wipes or some desiten for sore tissue on my hiney! this is gonna knock me for a loop i know it! i trust he knows what he's doing. i will have my aunt, she's an RN, with me there and while i prep as well. am in good hands! i'll be needing you guys too! this is freaky for me! finding it more scary than my spinal tap! hard to believe...because that was the most painful thing EVER!!! and i was awake for it! but going under anesthesia is weirding me out a bit...thanks you guys for your support!
erin

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   Posted 7/30/2005 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
and susie..i will keep your advise about going to the hospital in my mind. i'm afraid something ill will happen as well.
erin

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   Posted 7/30/2005 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Erin,

You are given conscious sedation. When you wake up from it you feel like you have had a good nap. Susie


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   Posted 7/30/2005 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
oh i know....i'm knocked out.....through IV. i've seen it done before. it's quick. he said it should take no more than an hour since he has to do not only the lower, but small intestine and stomach as well.
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straydog
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   Posted 7/30/2005 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Erin,

Word of caution, either get some gentle wipes or use plain soap and water, do not rub, blot. Watch out for the hemmie stuff, some of it contains alcohol. Susie


erin.K
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   Posted 7/31/2005 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
hi susie!
today i got the dulcolax, magnesium citrate, really thick SOFT toilet paper and some alcohol free wipes. what are "hemmie"? oh..i know my butt would take a beatin if i used regular TP and wiped. OUCH!
going to invest in a few magazines as well!
i'm exhausted...bad day!
erin

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   Posted 8/1/2005 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
redface  boy am i beat.  all yesterday, the minute i would lay down....right to sleep.  so exhausted and swollen glands. sad so Susie, CaMama and Flopsie....today i bought the phosphosoda, the other MgCitrate, some ensure, and gatorade and Pedialite. oh, and 3 magazines! gotta keep busy while doing my business tongue .
mailed all of my documents to charity care today...too weak to walk there. stayed home from class too.  feeling about to collapse almost. very weak.
haven't heard anything from SS/d yet. sad they better hurry up. think i got like 300 bucks left to live on. eyes
well, at least i have everything set for thursday and friday.
wishing all a good day
erin

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   Posted 8/1/2005 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
sad  Erin! Poor baby! I hope you feel better soon....what the heck is going on with you???? This is utterly ridiculous. They have got to figure out what is going on with you and soon! I want to come on over and yell at a few people to get off their butts and take care of you!!!
 
What happened to the idea about going to Mayo? Are you getting any treatment right now or just waiting for these scopes later this week?
 
Your email really has me worried sick about you....good thing I'm not your real Mama or I'd be driving you CRAZY right now! tongue

Take care...I'll be around through Saturday for sure, not sure when we are leaving for our trip. So, let us know how you are doing asap.
 
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   Posted 8/1/2005 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Erin,

Oh not good from what you are describing. Lord girl, if you think you are weak now, wait until tht prep gets ahold of you. I still cannot believe your gi is having you drink & do all that crap. I think they try to torture their patients when they do that.

Remember don't drink anything with red coloring before scope either. Susie


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   Posted 8/1/2005 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Camama,

I am with you. Lets hop on the next plane to NJ, and go kick some butt. You hold em, I'll give em a lickin, them we will both run like heck, to get home. Probably wont help our erin much, but sure would make me feel better.
Don't walk in front of me....I may not follow
Don't walk behind me....I may not lead
Walk beside me..and be my friend...
                                    Albert Carnus
 
and Lord, put your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth
 
 

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   Posted 8/1/2005 11:17 PM (GMT -7)   
You got it Flopsie! But...uh...I think I can only "hobble" like heck! tongue   And a little "waddle" redface
 
Get some sleep!
 
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erin.K
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   Posted 8/2/2005 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah  TEAM HEALING WELL: SUSIE, CAMAMA, & FLOPSIE!!!!!!!!!!! yeah
 
i like that idea; come to new jersey and kick some butt!!!
honestly, i have felt pretty awful since the end of may and has just been getting worse and worse.  whatever is happening is taking a toll on me.  i know i am immune suppressed so perhaps that's why i feel extra crappy.  but this joint pain is unbearable when it gets bad.  hopefully after the scopes and the bone scan i will get some more concrete answers.  i am just sick of this.  my docs are concerned, yet they don't know what to do next!  it's so easy for them to say "you need to see the mayo clinic or NYC specialists"  but it's hard when i don't have the $$ and no transportation.  forget mass transit now....they'de have to scrape me off the subway!
 
you guys have been an immense help to me! :-)
 
today i am missing class AGAIN, because i have to submit a stool sample which i totally forgot about! confused so today i HAVE to do it!  geesh, talk about performance anxiety. tongue
they gave me 5 tubes to fill! eyes one has this red liquid stuff in it; and i have never seen THAT before...not even in the Hx!  i have my toilet all set up with a catch mechanism!!!!
and in the mean time....in the bathroom, i've cleaned the sink, whitened my teeth, had a facial and waxed my lip! all waiting for my specimens to arrive! no luck yet!!!! mad
2 more days till prep day.  ooh boy, can't wait.  i will keep all ya posted on my progress today! tongue
luv,
erin

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   Posted 8/2/2005 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah  hooray! i am done with my samples! whew....what a job. so they're off to the lab soon!!!!! godspeed BM! tongue
 
erin

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   Posted 8/2/2005 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  oh, and someone had asked if i will have someone with me during my prep.  yes, my aunt!  she's an RN too!  so i know i'll be in good hands.  i wish my honey was going with me.  i took him for his and we made it so much fun just joking about everything.  but his work doesn't allow him days off, but he will stop by after work to see me. sad
sincerely pooped,
erin

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   Posted 8/2/2005 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
LOLOLOLOLOL
Don't walk in front of me....I may not follow
Don't walk behind me....I may not lead
Walk beside me..and be my friend...
                                    Albert Carnus
 
and Lord, put your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth
 
 

erin.K
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   Posted 8/2/2005 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
eyes    eyes okay, i am officially POOPED out! eyes eyes
i think my nerves are getting to me.  the bowel Gods are angry devil devil LOL.  my samples were successfully transported via the POOPER SCOOTER!  tongue
i feel crappy tongue
the thing that STINKS tongue   is that for some reason my temp is up to 99.9!  confused  my glands and throat hurt.  hope it goes away before friday.
BUTT tongue i did manage to get some CRAP tongue done for school.  i am writing a short paper on cuban culture.
i hope all enjoyed my toilet humor...i tried.
oh, i thought of another one: "whaddya say to someone getting ready for  a    colonoscopy?......  I HOPE EVERYTHING COMES OUT ALRIGHT! "  tee hee hee, get it????
i thought of that one by myself.
 
so yea, i am trying to make an event of the whole thing....kinda like getting ready for the PROM!!!! hee hee hee. i've waxed my lip hair, had a facial, got a BRAZILIAN BIKINI WAX friday!!! and i suppose tomorrow i'll do myself a manicure and pedicure. ummmmhhh....oh, i have also taken the loofa sponge to my butt cheeks! yeah added extra moisturizing for i have a callous from my sit bones.  got a nice suntan too on that bad boy!! my current bathing suite is not generous in the back...so my tush is quite bronzed!!
this is how i cope i suppose! i make a comedy show of it!
 
{{{{{{{{{{{{ hugs to all }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
erin

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   Posted 8/2/2005 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
eyes   eyes redface redface ugh!....i can't sleep.  i guess anxiety is catching up with me. redface redface redface eyes eyes eyes eyes
i'm getting nervous about my scopes.  even more than i was for emergency surgery and a spinal tap!  i think it's because i'm away from joe. sad   all weekend i was fine...now i'm a mess emotionally.  i just wish he would be there with me when i go in. sad but i know he cannot and if he had it his way i know he would be there.  it's weird but when i'm with him i feel everything is calm and okay.  i don't feel sick, i don't feel worthless....but knowing he won't be there and not seeing him this weekend is making me sad. sad he's going to try to make it to see me around 3pm maybe.  aarrgghh!!! i feel love sick!  like a teenager!  i guess because we are such each other's support through everything and it just seems like something is missing.  or i could be from being home....not too much company and it gets lonely. i know you all know how i feel, most of you feel the same way i'm sure.  it's like i go from super hyper happy and humorous to down in the dumps!
even the willie nelson special i just watched didn't cheer me up! bummer...
hoping i'll get to sleep soon.
wishing all a peaceful nite
erin

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   Posted 8/2/2005 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Erin, hang in there! Though we are not there physically, we're there in spirit, just as your Man is.

Sending you waves of peaceful sleep. You'll do just fine, it'll be tough maybe, but this will all be over before you know it and hopefully you'll get some concrete answers.

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   Posted 8/2/2005 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
you're always here when i need it most! thank you! getting drowsy...sleep should be coming soon.
erin

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   Posted 8/2/2005 11:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Nitey Nite, sweetheart
Don't walk in front of me....I may not follow
Don't walk behind me....I may not lead
Walk beside me..and be my friend...
                                    Albert Carnus
 
and Lord, put your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth
 
 

erin.K
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   Posted 8/3/2005 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Camama, thank you so much for the kind words.  i take all of your advise always....and hey, i can't sleep & it is late...where the heck are ya?? hee hee...i know, i think you are away know. vacation???
:-)  Flop, as always you are the best!  you are also a great nurse mentor for me.  be ready for when i prep for my NCLEX!!!! you guys are great through all of this.  flop, how are you???  with the knee and all??
:-)  Effie, you are always right where i need ya too....really could not go through such tough times without you all!
:-)  Susie, you're so wise and with it...my hat's off to you & thank you thank you thank you for all of the tips getting ready for my prep!
tongue  Ducky, our posts are so darned animated we must be long lost relatives.  i too come from a long line of Sasquatch! LOL! 
 
soooooo....not feeling very much like sleeping although i'm tired.  all stocked up on all my drinks and fluids!  the SDS nurse called today and went over my health history.  she said that at ANY time i feel dizzy or just unusual, to go right o the ER.  due to my weight and my chiari malformation, i am at risk for some seizures and passing out.  i hope not too bad.  don't wanna freak my mom out! tongue i asked her if it would make her feel better if i gave her a crash course in CPR!!!
my professor had contacted me....i'm ok but i don't think i will have a midterm grade since i have missed half the classes. sad but they cannot fail me so even if i get a C i do not care.  i'm doing the best i can.
my last meal was a bagel with cream cheese and tostitos! am officially NPO as of now.
am i really gonna b hungry??? or are ya so busy poopin that ya forget about food??
well, at the end of this i can honestly prepare my future patients on a personal level on what this is like, so i can view this as a learning experience.
wishing all a good night!
erin & Pea (doing very well, she plays with her 2 kitty friends ALL day long)!
 
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