Enema Questions - Quick Answer Anyone?

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mom2panda
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   Posted 3/4/2011 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
So, how do I do an enema. I understand the what to do, but I guess the question I have is how/where to do it?

Do I do it over the toilet? Does it leak back out? Should I be lying down on my side, in bed already?

I have ground up the meds, and just have to mix with 2 oz of warm water and then inject.

The syringe I have is not a rectal syringe, but a regular 60ml one, requiring a 2 handed approach, or an awkward 1 hand. I will be getting a rectal bulb syringe, just don't have it for tonight.

Help please! I have to do this in about 2 hours.

Thanks so much!
Female, 41 yo •Dx Sept. 24, 2009- 50cm (far as flex would go) Pred dependent. Remicade Jan 24/11.

•Can't take 5-ASA/Imuran•0 mg pred (Dec. 9/10), 0mg Entocort (Feb.23/11), VitD 4000IU, Fish Oil, Calcium•Other: Synthroid, Pantaloc

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blksteeda
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   Posted 3/4/2011 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
when I do my Rowasa meds, I just lay on my left side and administer it before I go to bed. I then lay on my left side for at least 15 mins...by that time I'm usually out for the night. Anything that wasn't absorbed during the night, I just pass it in the morning but it's usually very little or none at all.
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RollTideFan
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   Posted 3/4/2011 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
My Mother has UC and she does her enema after she gets in bed which is easier for her since she just turned 79 years old. She lays on her left side for about 30 minutes. The enema has really worked well for her. Do what is most comfortable for you. I am curious why your enema is not premeasured in individual bottles like my mom's? Sounds like you have much more prep work to do. Hope this helps and good luck. While I don't have UC I see what it has done to my mom over the past 3 months (she was just diagnosed in Jan 2011) and it is just unbelievable what it does to a body.

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   Posted 3/4/2011 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I may be alone here but I do them standing up in the bathroom and then I walk to the bed and lay on my left side. I always thought they would leak out but they don't. The thing about water enema is that it is very hard to retain. I would definitely recommend giving that one a try in the bathroom. You could lay a towel on the floor and lay on your side or you can get on your knees and lean forward and do it that way. I used a fleet for prepping for a sigmoidoscopy and I looked at the pamphlet, I believe those were the 2 positions they mentioned. Fleets are really hard to retain, I could only retain it for a few second!
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mom2panda
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   Posted 3/5/2011 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone!

I followed Gordon's advice and I did it in bed on my left side, with a pad underneath just in case. Fortunately, it didn't leak, and I was able to retain it until my usual 1am bathroom call, so about 2 hours.

Not sure if it is related, but I was also up 3 more times last night (usual 1-2), but each time the stools were formed or partially formed, rather than the bits of D that usually happen at night.

It was easier than I thought and I hope to see an improvement of the next couple of days.

Thanks for all of you help.
Female, 41 yo •Dx Sept. 24, 2009- 50cm (far as flex would go) Pred dependent. Remicade Jan 24/11.

•Can't take 5-ASA/Imuran•0 mg pred (Dec. 9/10), 0mg Entocort (Feb.23/11), VitD 4000IU, Fish Oil, Calcium•Other: Synthroid, Pantaloc

“You've done it before and you can do it now! See the positive possibilities. Redirect your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination"

mom2panda
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   Posted 3/5/2011 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
rolltide - my enemas are not pre-made because my GI feels that the medication in the pre-made Budesonide (Entocort) enemas is not very strong (2.3 mg). By making my own, I get a higher dose at 9mg.

What kind of enemas is your mom on?
Female, 41 yo •Dx Sept. 24, 2009- 50cm (far as flex would go) Pred dependent. Remicade Jan 24/11.

•Can't take 5-ASA/Imuran•0 mg pred (Dec. 9/10), 0mg Entocort (Feb.23/11), VitD 4000IU, Fish Oil, Calcium•Other: Synthroid, Pantaloc

“You've done it before and you can do it now! See the positive possibilities. Redirect your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination"

RollTideFan
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   Posted 3/5/2011 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
rolltide - my enemas are not pre-made because my GI feels that the medication in the pre-made Budesonide (Entocort) enemas is not very strong (2.3 mg). By making my own, I get a higher dose at 9mg.

What kind of enemas is your mom on?
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My Mom is on the mesalamine (sp). I am new to UC since she has been disgnosed and was not aware you could make your own enema! You will get the hang of the enema soon-my Mom was intimidated at first but now, a month later, it is easy to do and best of all it seems to be helping her. Good luck to you!

Dizzy2002
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   Posted 3/5/2011 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I got told by the hospital to lie on my left side in bed and do it. But that was a foam one not water.
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