I would also suggest that if you are instructed to consume a specific amount of fluids (I'm told to drink at least 64 ounces of fluids), try to drink these before your prep begins. At least half of them. I find that once I begin the laxative prep and it starts to work, I no longer want to keep drinking. I keep a log of how many fluids I consumed as the day progresses. Sometimes I fill a large 2 quart container of tap water and drink from it. That's another way to determine if I'm getting enough fluids.
I also take an old tupperware bowl we keep for times you want a bowl by your bedside (when my kids were little this came in very handy), in case you vomit. It's nice to have sitting next to the toilet if you are experiencing bm's but also feel nauseous and feel like you may throw up. You can't stand up to vomit and the bowl is just nice to have nearby, just in case you need it.
The prep is truly the worst part about
a colonoscopy. You will be given an IV when checking in and if you can tolerate a needle prick well, that's the worst part of your out patient/hospital experience. They will give you the sedatives thru your IV and the next thing you'll know is you'll wake up in the recovery room. It will all be over with. You'll sleep off and on the rest of the day.
Might I also suggest you return to eating solids slowly. I have found that if I sip water in the recovery room and for the car ride home, I do so much better than if I down a large glass of water or soda. Once they offered me a full glass of Coke. I downed it. Laid back down to try and wake up. Got dressed and then promptly got sick. The nurse told me I returned to fluids much too quickly. So now I sip plain water. Pack a water bottle and small cooler for the car ride home. Take along saltines or pretzels too, just eat a few. Not bag full or large amount. By the time I get home I bring a tall glass of iced water and more saltines to my bedside. I sleep for an hour but if I wake up, I eat another cracker and sip more water. Then I have a light lunch and by dinner time I am back to eating and drinking normally again.
You can eat in a restaurant afterwards (you need a driver) but keep in mind you will be letting out gas from the procedure (they pump in air to see turns and pockets of the colon for a clear view). You cannot control this gas like normal gas. It just erupts sometimes and is noisy (all normal after a procedure)
Although they tell me to "pig out", go out to eat, enjoy eating again, I am always so glad I never thought I could do that! Usually on the ride home, I realize it's best to head straight home and go right to bed.
You'll do fine. I've had 9 colonoscopies. I've never felt any of them.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
Post Edited (Marsky) : 7/14/2009 6:41:24 AM (GMT-6)