Hey All, Thanks for responding back, Canyonbabe & 7Lil! Okay - it was at The Hollywood Bowl and Cheap Trick (and friends) tonight with the Hollywood Bowl Symphony performing the 40th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was spectacular! NO having to rush to the ladies 'room to do my business, either - yay!
I had been having stomach distress with irregular bowels for about 6 months, and finally I got my colonoscopy and endoscopy referral. Finally went in to see my doc and she said it might be Celiac disease or something more sinister, but she doubted it. I am an anxious person by nature, so I pay with my digestive tract (I'm working on that). I got the bowel prep kit from the pharmacist, but only after refusing to take the Half Lytely kit - I said I would not pay $50 for a one-shot treatment that could be gotten some other way. The pharmacist said to call my doc and see what else could be done - no problem - they said to get a TriLytely kit, which is the same basic thing but better - $15 better - that's all it cost, and the pharmacist sold me 2 dulcolax pills for $.98 for both - this is the same thing as the other, but it's not a namebrand. PLUS with this TriLytely kit you can eat a normal breakfast and a light lunch, then you start downing the "juice" at around 4 or 5pm - the doc said I could stop drinking the stuff after my bowels run clear(ish) - so I did! THEN you take the 2 dulcolax pills, and you're good to go. NOTHING to eat or drink the next day - nothing after midnight the night before the procedure. HINT: I chose the berry-citrus flavoring, mixed it the night before to make sure it was really cold, then I downed each one-cup dose each 10 minutes WITH A STRAW - makes it go down easier, NOT that it's really all that bad. It tastes like thicker mineral water that was brewed with a brand new sock, so a little chemical-ly, but not as bad as everyone says it is - at least, not the TriLytely, anyhow. I started clearing out just over an hour after the first dose. I went in for my procedure the next day and they put me on the bed for prep - asked me questions about my last ingestion of food or liquid and other things, took my blood pressure, hooked me up to the heart monitor and oxygenation thing on my finger, and (eeewww) started me on the i.v. drip for fluids & drugs. She put me on saline, which was great, 'cause I was dehydrated, of course. They wheeled me into the procedure room and after about 25 minutes of sitting there freezing in anxiety and boredom I asked for something for my anxiety, so they started my Versed (sp?). After another few minutes, the anesthesiologist came in and asked me the same series of questions as the prep nurse, put an oxygen mask on me, and apparently pushed some effective gas thru there, 'cause that's the last I remember. I was GONE - they did the colonoscopy and the endoscopy knowing of no thing and no pain or discomfort and I was woken up around 45 minutes later in another room very groggy and headachey. They gently asked me to get up, and I put my clothes on and they told me they found NOTHING in my colon and nothing in my stomach but a tiny hiatal hernia and a teensy erythema, which is a little patch of irritation. They took a smidge of my stomach for biopsy, which is apparently routine, and I'll get the results back from that in a few weeks. Did anyone else have a tiny piece of their stomach biopsied in an endoscopy? Anyway, they gave me some apple juice and saltines and I was groggy, but able to sit up and walk and go to the bathroom by myself. I had another little watery bowel movement, which contained a few clots of blood, which they said to expect - no big deal. They gave me actual photos of my --- umm - parts outside of my colon, inside some areas of my colon, as well as pictures of parts of my stomach. Cool! These pics had descriptions of the procedures and the findings, plus what to expect afterwards. I was told to go home and eat something light and sleeeeeep - so I did. Woke up and ate more, watched some tv and went to bed. No BM today, but I'm hopeful for tomorrow!
Everyone who has stomach or colon distress should get a colonoscopy - you never know that everything's really okay unless you do this, and it's not that big a deal, people. Just do it!