Colonoscopy prep tomorrow - oh, joy!

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Acheybody
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   Posted 8/17/2010 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
rolleyes  I know this isn't a big deal in and of itself.  It's just that I get so sick-feeling and weak if I go even a couple of hours without a snack, and now it's ALL DAY!?  I don't remember that last time!  And the long hours of sitting on the pot....ugh.
 
But it's important, I know.  They need to get to the bottom (ha ha) of what's going on with my bowels, and why my gyno keeps feeling "something in there that shouldn't be there."  I'm just bellyaching.
 
Debbie  
...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed

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   Posted 8/17/2010 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Bottoms up, Debbie!  devil
 
It really is worth it, though.  Wish they could come up with a better prep, though.  That's the worst part of the colonoscopy!
 
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TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/17/2010 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
((( Debbie )))

Listen, if I was having that tomorrow, I'd be having the same concerns as you. I think you're totally justified in needing some support on this. Even though it is extremely likely (like 99.9%) that everything about the prep will go as it should, it is still very disconcerting to have to be emptying your bowels - whether by choice when doing something like this, or involuntarily via IBS! It is unpleasant, period. So dont feel like it isn't a big deal. It is not an every day thing for you to do - so therefor you need to talk it out and would probably feel better knowing someone is there for you!

I'm like you, I need snacks to keep feeling fine, even though my blood sugar seems to be fine - I just run better with snacks. However, these weeks that I've been sick and eating almost nothing, I didn't snack. Somehow, I thought my guts would freak out, but they didn't. You're going to be okay without snacks and food today. Somehow I think your intestines know not to beg for food when they're going through this emptying procedure.

I hope they can find a nice plain fixable reason for the "something there" - and that you'll be back on your road to better health again soon.

Keep talking it out if you need to - we all understand!
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

Acheybody
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   Posted 8/17/2010 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Bottoms up indeed, Sherrine! I'm looking forward to being on the other side.

Princess, (I like chickens a lot too, btw!) thanks for your commiseration. I'm sure you're right, my body will adjust. It's actually tomorrow I do the prep. Today I'm extra aware of how much I like to eat!

Debbie
...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed

crazykitty
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   Posted 8/17/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Debbie, everything will work itself out turn   kidding aside, I hope tomorrow goes
well for you. I know you will be litteraly pooped out, so get some rest.
I hoped I cracked a smile turn
 
Hugs, Robin

Acheybody
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   Posted 8/17/2010 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  You did, Robin!  And I needed it.
 
Debbie
...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed

MsBunky
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   Posted 8/17/2010 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Ah Debbie, you have my sympathy!!! I know the prep is the worst part for these tests, so good luck with getting it done, and good luck for the actual test. I hope the doctors are able to resolve whatever problem they suspect, and that you'll be feeling good again soon.

I'll be thinking of you, and sending soft, soothing hugs your way!

hugs,
Pam
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sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 8/18/2010 5:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I feel for you Debbie, I know how aweful those preps are and Im not looking forward to having to do it again. Just keep telling yourself it will soon be over. Thats what I do when I am looking towards something unpleasant. Right now I am repeating over and over this pain from surgery will go away soon and I will be able to sleep again. lol
Gentle Hugs
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TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/18/2010 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Debbie - how are you doing today? Just thinking of you.
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

Acheybody
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   Posted 8/18/2010 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for asking, Princess! Actually, I'm just really HUNGRY! Took the Bisocodyl tablets about an hour ago, not much action yet.

And, now that I think of it, I'm confused - I'm supposed to start drinking that junk after I have a bowel movement....so does a little tiny, normal thing count as a bowel movement? Or should I wait for something more spectacular?

Opinions, ladies (and gents)??

Debbie
...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed

Dagger
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   Posted 8/18/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd wait a bit longer but don't start too late or you'll be in the bathroom all night.

It's probably too late for you now but there is a bottled beverage called Isopure that really helps during a liquid diet. It is a clear liquid that contains about 50 g of protein/bottle but no carbs. It tastes better than Gatorade but it is really pricey. Around here, it is just over $4/bottle. I think it is worth every penny. They sell a powdered version but it is not clear.

Just yesterday, I found something called Isopure Plus in the nutrition aisle at CVS next to the Ensure. It's a 6 pack of small bottles, each has 15g of protein and 33 g of carbs. They only had fruit punch and grape flavors so this wouldn't work for a prep. The pharmacist is going to check into stocking a non-red flavor so he can recommend it when people need clear liquids.

I am extremely hypoglycemic, I need protein or my blood sugar drops. I once went in for surgery after a clear liquid diet and my blood sugar was in the 30's. I used Isopure before my last surgery and my blood sugar was in the low 80's when I checked in. I used 4 bottles plus Gatorade for glucose.

They used to sell a package of low residue food that you could eat the day before a procedure, it was fantastic. Unfortunately, they stopped making it because the GI docs wouldn't believe the patients could be clean if they ate. If I had known they were going out of business, I would have bought 4 or 5 just in case.

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/18/2010 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmm. Good question, Debbie. I'd call the pharmacy, or the nurse at your surgeon's office. They'll have the exact answer. I think they're used to people being unsure of the process and won't mind the question at all.

Sorry about the hunger!

I'm glad to hear from you. Was hoping all was well. :)
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

Acheybody
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   Posted 8/18/2010 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I called and talked to my doctor's snippy little assistant.

The prep sheet I got from their office said one thing, the one that came with the gobbledy-gook said something else. She had NO sense of humor, was NOT going to grant me that it was strange that they said two very different things, (and I'm somehow supposed to know which one to follow) and then proceeded to read me the remaining steps, until I said, "yeah, I got that part." Finally, I said, "so it's the same for everyone, no matter what?" Miss Put-Out, in the Wrong Job, gee, SORRY for ruining your day!! I just wanted to smack her.

So, I guess I'm supposed to wait till 6.

Sleep tight. Debbie
...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/18/2010 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
((( Debbie )))

That wasn't very nice of her! :-( You know, when my mom had to do that last year, her sheet contradicted the pharmacy stuff, too. How weird!

I hope you're okay with everything. Stress isn't something you need with all this. Although, I do admit, when I was so p.o.'d at the walk-in clinic nurse that day, I stayed mad enough to forget to get scared. So maybe getting p.o.'d can be a good thing for you in this case, too?

*hugs*
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/19/2010 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I know you're in for your procedure right now as I type, Debbie, but I just want you to know I'm thinking of you. Hope it goes very simply and smoothly and that you're feeling better very soon. We're all thinking of you.

*hugs*
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

Libby08
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   Posted 8/19/2010 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Achey,
 
Hope all went well today.  I am due for endoscopy and colonoscopy Sept. 3.  I was suppose to have it done Aug. 13 but I had a virus a few days before and ran a bit of a fever so they made me postpone it.  I wish it was done but oh well, Sept. 3 will be here soon enough.  Let us know how it all went.  Soft hugs!
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Acheybody
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   Posted 8/19/2010 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for asking!  Everything went fine, all they found was some "moderate anal tags," which I gather from the internet is no big deal.  I had told the nurse in the prep room that I'm on Clonopin and that last time I'd had some pain during the procedure, so this time, they really drugged me up.  In fact, they told my husband that they gave me more than the maximum of one of the drugs! (either Verset or Valium), which is kind of creepy.
 
Anyway, I felt absolutely nothing and had to be helped walking out to the car.  Took a 2-hr. nap.  redface Six hours later, I'm still really sleepy and a bit uncoordinated.  And having to retype about every other key.
 
The prep was the pits.  It took me 4 hours to get all that junk down!  Here I was, trying to celebrate our son's 28th birthday with him, and about every 5 minutes I had to SPRINT to the bathroom.....one time I didn't make it (sorry, tmi)  But sitting in one spot (on the pot) for hours is just too painful for me.  Anyway, it's over!
 
Hope yours goes well, Libby. 
 
Debbie
...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/19/2010 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hurray! I'm glad it is over and nothing truly "weird" was discovered. That's good!

Take it easy tonight. I remember after mom's they told her not to sign any important papers cuz you'll likely not remember much for 24 hours after the anaesthetic (sp?).

Sorry about the prep - but gee it is good that it is over with.

*hugs*
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

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   Posted 8/19/2010 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Debbie, I'm glad everything went OK!!
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
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