starting my prep today at 5

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mzladyt
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/25/2009 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys,
 Went to the doc yesterday and today I am starting my prep. They gave me flavor packets to use so hopefully the stuff wont' be so nasty. I do have it in the fridge to get it cold. I read on here to drink it as fast as I could also. I will definatley be doing that one too. Any other help will be appreciated.  rolleyes   My procedure will be tomorrow at 2. So half of the drink tonight and half in the morning.
 
Tennie

Marsky
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   Posted 2/25/2009 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
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.
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- 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)


mzladyt
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   Posted 2/25/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for getting back to me. I always have to tell them to put something in my drugs to keep me from being sick. Anything that puts me to sleep or for pain will make me sick there.
 
I read that some people are putting crystal lite in there drink and it helps. I will try that shortly.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 2/26/2009 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
What prep are you drinking? If it is the Fleets phospho soda, apple juice is great. Nothing else seems to handle the salty taste for me.

mzladyt
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   Posted 2/26/2009 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   

I had the trilyte. I didn't take any chances after reading some of the posts on here and I immediantly put my crystal lite in the pitcher. I divided the solution in half and added the crystal lite so I would know how much I had to drink at a time. I got a big cup, poured in the liquid and put plastic on top of that and added my straw. I held my breath and drank as fast and as much as I could without stopping. When I did take a breath I found that sipping on warm broth really helped alot. I think within an hour I had my half down and over with for the night. The next morning I did the same thing. I found that if I got it over with quick that I did better and didn't dread it as much.

I am home now from my 2 pm appt and just waking up at 10 pm. From my dazed sleep I think the doc told me that I have proctitis. I will know more when I am fully awake and can talk to my hubby that went with me.

Tennie

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