Hi Moddie (short for Moderator),
Actually, the prep in and of itself was not so bad. The stuff wasn't fine Bordeaux, but it was bearable. I also had no trouble chugging a glass every ten minutes over a three-hour period -- the only problem was having to put the phone down at regular intervals, LOL. The ONE horrible thing was the burning behind, so to speak. After the first hour, I felt like I'd been sitting (not walking) on hot coals! Even today I'm still a bit tender.
One thing I didn't mention is that the prep nurse -- the one who took my stats and inserted the catheter -- told me she'd "suffered horribly" having her own colonoscopy a few months ago. When she started going into great detail ("and then I screamed and tried to get off the gurney"), I sternly told her she was supposed to be reassuring -- not scaring -- me. That made her stop.
Actually, for everyone out there who may still need to go through his/her own colonoscopy, let me reassure you: Not only was I not asleep and do remember every second of the procedure, nobody, but NOBODY, could have been more frightened than me. Even so, it turned out to be no big deal, nothing that an average, ordinary person can't deal with easily.
Thanks again for all the advice and reassurance -- you people were wonderful.