The President is Having a Colonoscopy!

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Keriamon
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   Posted 7/20/2007 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Can you believe that was listed as "breaking news" on MSN?  Although I think the colonoscopy part was less "breaking" than the news that Dick Chaney would be in charge of the country while the President was sedated.  Let's hope they hurry that thing up!!!  Lol. 

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   Posted 7/20/2007 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I just want to remind of the following rule before this thread gets out of hand. Political discussion has no place here... Thank you!!

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Keriamon
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   Posted 7/20/2007 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, it's a good reminder, at any rate, that even Presidents have to submit to these sorts of tests.  If you find it embarrassing, just think what it must be like for everyone in the world to know about it.  Can you imagine his doctor going home that evening to his family?  "I looked up the President's woo-hoo today!  That man has a truly executive colon!" 
 
But the deeper question remains: Should you refer to it as the First Colon?
 
In any event, I hope this inspires some of our colonoscopy-phobic troop to get theirs done as well.  If the President can take time off from ruling America to get it done, and go public about it, then no excuses!  Yours, at least, will not garner national attention or "breaking news" status.  tongue

roads63
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   Posted 7/20/2007 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
a colonoscopy is no Joke but to place this as O.T. would be even nicer?
if he cares t oshare t, let him post up? otherwise let him fight his war

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   Posted 7/20/2007 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Gosh, this thread is so tempting. Good that the forum has rules. LOL

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   Posted 7/20/2007 10:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Canyon, I'm with you on this one. As a mod (and a CA girl), I dare not open the flood gates.  tongue
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   Posted 7/21/2007 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
LOLOLOL! I was just thinking the same thing.....that Des's preemptive strike saved some of us from getting into alot of trouble. hahaha
Man......sooooo tempting.........
I guess Bush had a couple polyps removed 5 years ago. I'm sure glad mine was clear, so I can wait 10. I'm still reeling from the one I had in May.
oooohhhhhh........so tempting..................

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   Posted 7/21/2007 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
"The First Colon"!!! ROFL!
Living in the Republic of Texas minus a gallbladder, a couple of cervical discs, appendix, uterus, and 18" of colon; but living with my wonderful husband, 2 dogs, 1 cockatiel, and 2 gold fish. 


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   Posted 7/21/2007 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Just heard that he had 5 polyps that are being sent somewhere for testing.

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   Posted 7/21/2007 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I read on Fox News Bush took propofol. He was alert 3 minutes after the procedure was over! I'm out of it pretty all day (I've had 7).

Has anyone here received this sedation/drug for their colonoscopy?

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   Posted 7/21/2007 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm a Versed chick myself, never heard of that Presidential anesthetic!

I always like to hear about public figures getting scoped.  It makes it a little less anxiety-provoking for the general population. 


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   Posted 7/21/2007 11:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Called Dirprovan. From what I saw on google it is becoming more and more popular. I get the Versed and something else but I am awake immediately after while still in the scope room. Only once was I a little groggy after an endo and I asked why but he just said I was acting uncomfortable or something.

Keriamon
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   Posted 7/23/2007 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I was jealous when I heard he was awake so soon after.  Whatever they gave me--or however much they gave me--wiped me out for the ENTIRE day.  My mother had to dress me so we could leave the hospital because I kept falling back asleep.  Of course, I also had an endoscopy, so maybe they need to put you under a bit more so you won't gag. 
 
He had polyps removed 10 years ago, then was scoped again 5 years ago and they didn't find anything, then when they scoped him this time, they found a few more polyps--at least that was the news I read.  Apparently, it takes a while for polyps to turn into colon cancer, and if you remove them, then you remove the threat.  And your chance of developing the polyps increases as you age.  Hence why they say get scoped at 40 and every 10 years afterwards; if they find polyps, then every 5 years.  So long as they keep removing them, you're good to go.  That's why they say that colon cancer is so easy to prevent. 

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   Posted 7/23/2007 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't mind the versid b/c I want to be certain I won't remember any of what they did to me. I don't want to risk waking up for any of it! But I am very groggy. I've had 7 colonoscopies so by now I know what to expect. A nurse gave me a tip once, she said remain in recovery long enough to receive 2 IV bags. Once I hurried out of there, dressing very quickly, dizzy as all get out so my husband could drop me off at home and get back to work. I was so nauseous, I ended up getting sick in the rocovery room. They started another IV drip and I was told to stay put. I was a mess (it got all over my clothes too). Oh what a fun 30 min. car ride that was. This nurse said the second bag of fluids really helps you feel better. She even said just doze, we don't need this bed. And so I just close my eyes again, and before I know it another 10 or 15 minutes go by giving me more time with the IV fluids. Ever since she told me that, it has helped. Also they give me Phenerghan in my IV drip, before the procedure even starts so by the time I walk out, I'm sleepy but not at all sick to my stomach.

I read that Bush rode a bike and walked his dogs! I would never feel up to any of that after Versid but again, I don't mind it and just sleep the day away anyway.

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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 7/23/2007 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I heard they found 5 this time and 3 last time which was only 3 years ago. I remember cause I was wondering why I have to go every 2 years and they only find a couple. My Dr. said as long as they find them it will be every 2 years. Now they say Bush doesn't have to go back for 3 years. Hey, if it is good enough for the Prez it ought to be OK for me. I did have one though last time that sometimes though rarely can be cancerous. I hope I have none this time. I hate it. I could drive home if they would let me as I am totally awake.

Keriamon
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   Posted 7/23/2007 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I wonder if they make him drink that nasty stuff, or does he get the pills? Sarita, we insist that you let all of your patients have either the pills or the Tang-tasing Pico Salax; none of that gallon of salty junk!

Bush's weren't the cancerous kind (although I think they all have the potential to turn cancerous if left in there for years and years); maybe, Canyon, yours are a bit different, a bit more of a risk, so that's why they do it more often. Or could just be the doctor, the same as how they all seem to have a different preferred laxative.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 7/23/2007 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it is partly the Dr. as my first Dr. said 3 years and then when I changed Drs he said 2. I waited 3 and had more polyps and one was called a tubular adenoma which has a little more chance of becoming malignant. OK< where can I get the Pico Salax in the US. If it were not a prescription I could probably get it online, It would be funny if the Prez was getting something from Canada. Never know, I guess.

Keriamon
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   Posted 7/24/2007 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I think you can get it from a Canadian pharmacy. I don't think any of those laxative preps need a prescription. And maybe it's already in the US under a different name? Haven't heard anyone going on about it since a few of our Northern counterparts came on here a while back singing its praises.

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   Posted 7/24/2007 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
The ones (preps) I know for sure that need an rx are Visicol (pill prep) and Glycolax (generic Miralax). You can buy Miralax OTC however it is a smaller dose than what is needed and it costs a fortune. I understand that some insurance companies now won't pick up the bill since the brand is sold OTC. My doc had to write a letter and I had to appeal twice to my insurance company to accept the rx of Glycolax. It only costs me $10 for ~ 30 days (527 gram bottle) worth versus $12 for OTC Miralax which is just ~ 14 days worth. Oops... got off topic a bit.
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Keriamon
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   Posted 7/24/2007 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I know that GoLyghtly junk didn't require a prescription; we just bought it off the shelf (no insurance reimbursement either).

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   Posted 7/24/2007 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
You are right when you say "junk" (about GoLytly) BLECH!!! It's too bad for many that the Visicol is rx only because I think a lot more people would get a much needed scope without fear of drinking nasty preps (my mother in law included)... I am really lucky to have a doc that actually prefers his patients to use Visicol.
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Keriamon
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   Posted 7/24/2007 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I've sworn I will never, ever drink that stuff again and will tell my doctor, point blank, it's pills or nothing, baby. Besides, I swear I can clean my colon out with nothing but a whole pizza and a 2-liter bottle of coke. Consume that then fast and I'll be pooping clear in an hour or two. I've had too many cokes run me down to nothing but water in a very short amount of time not to think that wouldn't be a good laxative prep, LOL.

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   Posted 7/24/2007 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
The Phosphosoda stuff is OTC. It is way better than the GoLytly (in taste & qty). If push comes to shove and you can't get pills, definitely go for the phos.
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   Posted 7/25/2007 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
ok, i get it, no political commentary here......too bad, so sad, cause i would have never stopped posting on this thread.....

anyway, i must admit i don't come to this board often, as i mainly inhabit the other two boards here related to IBD...

Next time any of you have a colonoscopy, ask the doc right before the anesthesia starts, as he is fidgeting with all the equipment, "so doc, tell me, how exactly did you get "into' this line of work?"

as for George W., i would not be surprised to find out he has something going on causing those polyps, considering his little brother (or someone else in his all mighty fam') had Crohn's
I believe whoever it was had to have a major surgery....

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   Posted 7/25/2007 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I would like to give the Canadian laxative a try, if it doesn't have a strong after taste. I've used the Phos. Soda for most of my preps (7 or 8), and used the Citra Mag (sp?) for one surgery. Each time I'm scheduled for another colonoscopy, my Gastro doc's nurse sends her instruction sheet. And almost each and every time it is different than the last time - from product, to schedule, to adding enemas. I just hope to God I don't talk much during a C. b/c I ignore any new fangled laxative prep and go with what works for me - two 1.5 oz bottles of lemon lime Phos. Soda, first at 1 p.m., second at 6 p.m., each one poured over well chilled 7 up, over ice, followed by a full glass of Grape Coolaid, followed by a thorough dental brushing (I have the toothbrush ready with toothpaste), followed by a stick or two of gum (being extremely careful not to swallow i!). And finally a shudder or two along the way....LOL I continue drinking through the day, recording how many ounces I have, I know not to drink red colored drinks, nothing with cream or milk, etc. I skip all jello and broth, b/c quite frankly both bring instant images of my colon resection and not eating anything solid for days, and I mean days.

The last instruction sheet said to do an enema before bedtime, after 11 I think. And another 1 hour before the procedure. I just told that nurse, honey if I did both, I'd never make it to your office. I am missing my sigmoid area and go all day long, w/o laxatives. At the end only clear liquids are coming out anyway.

Other than skipping the 2 enemas, the nurse thinks I follow her instructions to the letter. I don't!

They never scold me in recovery either.
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