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bektold
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   Posted 12/9/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I just got a call from my new GI's office.  There was some confusion about my scheduled Friday colonoscopy (as much my fault as theirs) and now my colonoscopy is tomorrow.  Surprise!  I thought I was going to have a day or two to research and prepare myself mentally for the prep, and suddenly I'm in the middle of it.  (My first and only colonoscopy was when I was in the hospital last year.  They figured I was "clean enough" since I'd had the big D for almost a month straight and didn't make me prep.)  I talked to the doctor at my appointment yesterday about the pill prep, but she wasn't in favor.  She said that it tends to leave red spots that throw off the results.  So I'm doing HalfLytely.  I know I've seen posts about this stuff, but the search function didn't bring up anything.  Any suggestions for an easier prep?  I think I remember someone saying that it could be spread out over a longer period of time to prevent nausea.  I hate, hate, HATE vomiting- it's the one potential I truely dread out of all of this- so any suggestions on how to make this all go down easier is much appreciated.  Thanks!

patientspiders
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   Posted 12/9/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
It's been a while since I've used a "Lytely" product, I usually go for Mirilax, but the prep should be similar.

I've always found that using the flavor packet, or mixing it with gatorade helps. Sometimes the flavor pack is just nasty though, so I usually opt for the gatorade (not red, of course).

And I do often "space out" the chugging more than directed to prevent nausea... maybe a small glass every 20 or thirty minutes instead of every 15... no GI has ever been able to tell the difference! I say, space it out as much as you need to. And, in my experience, I never "run clear" as you're supposed to with this stuff! I do as much of the prep as I can, screw the rest, and have never ONCE had a doc know the difference. I'm not "encouraging" you to not follow directions, I'm just saying that you shouldn't stress about it if you're miserable and need to go really slow.

All in all, they get easier with time! I hope others will chime in soon with more tips for you.
Good luck!
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bektold
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   Posted 12/9/2008 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I took the two pills around 12:45, and the flood gates opened around 3.  The good news is that I seemed to be almost running clear before I even started on the liquid.  Which is salty and vile, but knowing that I don't have to chug it like a frat boy helps.

SydneyJo
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   Posted 12/9/2008 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bektold,
i have no tips and just the thought of swallowing the prep makes me want to vomit UGH. I loved your frat boy comment, glad you can have a joke about it :) Good luck both with the prep and colonoscopy.
Jo - feeling your pain - yuk

gachrons
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   Posted 12/10/2008 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I hope your prep went good and your scope as well. Please let us know how your doing. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


bektold
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   Posted 12/11/2008 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
The worry about the prep was much worse than the prep itself.  Next time, I think I'll mix it with Gatorade instead of water.  The flavor pack gives more scent than flavor.  It was still too salty and gross.  I only got about 2/3 of the liquid down, but I was nice and clean anyway.  I was alert enough through the procedure to watch the screen and ask questions.  After my first comment the nurse gave me my glasses back so I had a pretty good view!  The doctor said she could see a lot of damage from previous inflammation (I've got a lot of pseudo-polyps) but no current ulcers or obvious inflammation.  We'll know more when the biopsies come in next week.  Next step is a capsule endoscopy scheduled for Dec 23 at 6:30am!  That may actually be worse than the prep for the colonoscopy- leaving the house at 5:30am to get there on time!

catpower
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   Posted 12/11/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I am glad it went well overall. Good luck on 12/23 -- I would have trouble getting up that early too!
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease; Meds: Entocort & Asacol; female in late 20s.


survivor49
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   Posted 12/11/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
why do they have to do them so early? i had one on the 22nd of october at 7 am, and i had to getup at 430 to get there on time. i have yet to hear the results despite several calls, so i have made an appointment. first you pay for the test, then you pay for the interpretation by the radiologist, then you pay the doctor to tell you what it means. yay american health care.

gachrons
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   Posted 12/12/2008 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Good luck on your next adventure and glad your scope went good. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail

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