Fleets -- definition of "running clear"?

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Pibbin
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   Posted 10/9/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, so I have been using Fleets as directed (although at a slower pace so my colon doesn't spontaneously self-destruct), as I have surgery (colectomy) scheduled for tomorrow am.

Usually, I don't freak out over perfect prep when it is just a colonoscopy, as a nurse confided in me that they can just vacuum things out if your colon is not completely empty.

For surgery, however, it is another story, as I don't want to increase my chance of infection if there is stool in my colon while they are cutting it out.

So, sorry for the ramble. Does "running clear" mean absolutely clear colorless liquid (like water) coming out of your bum into the toilet? Currently I am half-way thru my 2 bottles of prep, and the amount of liquid is small, and it is light clear brown (can see through it) with a few little specks of matter in it. Do I keep going, or have I achieved clear?

I just don't want to make my system any more irritated than I have to -- no need to take more prep if I am done.

All advice is appreciated!!!
Dx Mild Proctitis 7/06 at age 33, Dx Severe Pan Colitis 5/07, Dx Crohn's Colitis 10/07
Failed Asacol, Lialda, 6-MP, Canasa, Rowasa, Entocort, and Remicade, weekly Humira
Late 7/08, down to 5 mg pred, and big flare, Humira failed
2 week hospitalization in 8/08
Now on Pred 25 mg, cyclosporine, percocet, xanax
Surgery scheduled 10/10/08 to get rid of this colon


gachrons
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   Posted 10/9/2008 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pippin I guess I am like you don't have a clear definition on it either. Hope someone else knows I just go till it's almost like a water but you could call emerg. and ask a nurse perhaps. Are you drinking lots of water? How are you doing? I"ll bump this up lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


SallyC
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   Posted 10/9/2008 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I think the two is enough. I know what you mean though about the wanting to be clear. I took one phosphosoda last week and had clear and than kept on going blood and blood clots. I called the next morning to see if I had to do the 8am prep and she said no but then I went poop again and saw what you described and so I did the 2nd one. Awful, Awful, Awful! Wish I wouldn't have! I thought I was going to die from dry heaves of the butt! I think you will be fine with the two preps!
Sally
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Diagnosed with UC in July of 2003 then diagnosed with Crohns in August of 2006.


Dagger
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   Posted 10/9/2008 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Does your medical insurance have a "nurse line" that you can call? All of mine have had them and they are a great resource. They'll find you an answer, once they had to research and get back to me hours later but they've always given me good answers.

Good Luck.

Pibbin
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   Posted 10/9/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all, your responses were reassuring.

I went ahead and did the two bottles. And have declared myself done.

Ick, good thing that without a colon I will NEVER have to drink this stuff again!
Dx Mild Proctitis 7/06 at age 33, Dx Severe Pan Colitis 5/07, Dx Crohn's Colitis 10/07
Failed Asacol, Lialda, 6-MP, Canasa, Rowasa, Entocort, and Remicade, weekly Humira
Late 7/08, down to 5 mg pred, and big flare, Humira failed
2 week hospitalization in 8/08
Now on Pred 25 mg, cyclosporine, percocet, xanax
Surgery scheduled 10/10/08 to get rid of this colon


FitzyK23
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   Posted 10/9/2008 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Try the ostomy board. Good luck tomorrow!
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


randynoguts
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   Posted 10/10/2008 1:15 AM (GMT -7)   
although i sympathise pibbin, you will still have to do prep without the colon if you ever need a a scope or have stoma trouble etc... sorry been there done that... good luck though.
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 10/10/2008 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   
like peeing out your butt...
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Nanners
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   Posted 10/10/2008 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Running clear to me is when it is like water as you said and you can see thru it. My clear is usually yellow water you can see thru. I think you have done enough. Good luck with your surgery.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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