Tennie - good luck! Let us know how your test goes......yes it is best to just down the stuff. I chase it with another drink (usually grape coolaid), followed by a thorough dental brushing and finally, chewing a stick a gum (just don't accidentally swallow it!).
I find that eating light after a colonoscopy works best for me. In recovery they'll offer you a drink. Water or soda. Just sip it. Don't drink an entire glass as I did once (you are very thirsty!). It all came back up and I was a mess. Cleaned myself up as best I could but I had to ride home like that! Now I sip a little water and when I'm alert
enough, I get dressed (I wear sweats and easy to put on clothing, slip on shoes too). I also pack a chilled water bottle and a small baggies of Club Crackers for the ride home. I sip the water and eat 2 or 3 crackers. A little at a time. The facility I have my tests done at is 30 minutes from home. I usually bring a tall glass of soda or water up to a table by our bed. A bowl of more Club Crackers and/or pretzels. I sleep for a while, wake up, drink and eat some more, then drift off to sleep again. A few hours later I am ready for a light lunch (half turkey sandwich, soup, etc.). By dinner I am back to eating normal amounts.
This is just the way I have to ease back into eating and drinking again. Perhaps you'll be different. I have heard of people going out to eat after a colonoscopy. I am usually too out of it to consider ordering in a restaurant! But as long as you have a driver and do not consume alcoholic beverages, you can eat out. I was told to "go for it" but my body has never cooperated for all that food!
I also feel nauseous before the test begins and my doctor gives me a light dose of Phenerghan. It takes the nausea away and also makes me more sleepy (which is kinda nice!). So ask for meds if you're uncomfortable for any reason.
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!
Post Edited (Marsky) : 2/25/2009 3:08:15 PM (GMT-7)