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JenniferJen
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   Posted 4/14/2006 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey I went to the doctor today and she wants me to do this 72 hour fecal fat test?  anyone ever had to do this?

Twinstride
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   Posted 4/16/2006 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nancygirl,

Welcome to HW!.

I have never had to have it nor my boys with CF, but, I bet I might be able to get some info for ya. I work in a lab.

What ?'s would you happen to have?

Enjoy your stay here on HW, and there is a thread called: CF Member Sound Off....please tell us about you.

Hugs!
Kathy, mom to identical twin boys with CF (10 yrs), daughter 21, grandaughter 3, Newborn grandson
 
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katydid1994
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   Posted 4/16/2006 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, I have not been diagnosed with CF, but my GI has mentioned it often as something to rule out.

Anyway, I stopped by the board, I'm always looking for good information.  I post a lot on the IBS and Crohn's boards.

I am doing this dang test this weekend, what an Easter, huh.  I am finally in the homestretch 17 hours left.  It is not as horrible as I expected, but it isn't a pretty walk in the park either.

I have a lot of Diarrhea, so that makes you go more and makes the test more annoying to do cause you have to collect more often.

Here are some tips I would like to share with you. 

1) If the lab doesn't give you one, be sure to ask for a specimen cup for collecting stool.  Like they use in the hospital.  I found the farthest out you can place the cup under you, the better.

2) You have to keep the specimen cool, so get a tossable cheap styrofoam cooler.  Freeze up some empty plastic bottles with water so that you have easy tossable ice packs.

3) Place a piece of sewer or duct tape (a few inches) on the lid of the can, so that you can easily get the lid off.

4) Buy some cheap deep soup ladles, so that you can quickly and efficiently scoop the stool.  No holes or slats, so that nothing drips.

5) Keep the cooler as close to the toilet as possible so it's the easiest to get it in quick. 

6) Have some disposable gloves handy in case of emergency spills or nastiness.

7) I cut two small (about dime size) holes in the bottom of the specimen cup.  That way I could immediately after collecting, pour some water into the cup and rinse it out.  This keeps it cleaner and the water and anything remaining in the cup rinses right out into the toilet bowl below. 

8) Keep an empty 2 liter or large bottle handy so that you can easily fill it up with water and have it handy to rinse out the cup.  Also, as the frozen bottles melt, you can use that water too.

9)Keep some newspaper around so that you can put the newspaper on the floor.  You can set the ladle scoop on it and also it is handy to have if you need to remove the specimen cup out of the toilet, for others or so that you don't have it there when you don't need it.

10) RELAX.  I imagined it a lot worse than it has been.  Think it all out ahead of time and have things handy.  Also, if the lab doesn't give you instructions, you can look them up on the LabCorp website.  It has all the collection rules and whatnot.


Twinstride
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Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 318
   Posted 4/18/2006 2:04 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you katydid for the info and tips, I know it's helpful when you have so many hours to go thru. Prayers for good results!.

Secondly, I want to mention, I had a katydid when I was growing up, kept it in a aquarium. Your name just kinda reminded me about that...lol. Cute name!.

Hugs!
Kathy, mom to identical twin boys with CF (10 yrs), daughter 21, grandaughter 3, Newborn grandson
 
If there is a CURE for Cystic Fibrosis this very moment and this is "not soon enough"...you would hear this twins mom "Across America" "YESSSSSSSSSS"!!.
 
Moderator, Cystic Fibrosis.  "If there is questionable doubt, check it out"....with your healthcare provider!.  We are here to offer support, encouragement, a shoulder to lean on, and answer your questions as best we can.  Don't hesitate to step on in and enjoy and remember!  "Never give up hope for a cure" one day we will get there!".  

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katydid1994
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Date Joined Oct 2004
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   Posted 4/18/2006 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks Twinstride, hugs. 

JenniferJen
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 5/13/2006 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for all the tips
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