Heather, your friend is absolutely correct - the preparation is the worse part. I had my third colonoscopy last month. The actual procedure was a piece of cake because I remember NADA, zilch, zero. The medications my gastroenterologist used do not put me "under" but rather make me unaware of the event. He uses a combination of Versed and Demerol. Versed is commonly given for colonoscopies. The actual procedure took less than 35 minutes and I had to have some biopsies and polyls removed. I did NOT feel them do the biopsies nor did I feel him remove the polyps. When he was finished, I got up, got dressed and my friend drove me home. You will need to have someone drive you home because they will not let you drive after receiving the medications.
Please don't get yourself worked up over the procedure. Far better to get that blood in the stool situation checked out than not. As everyone has likely told you already, blood in the stool can be an indicator of some conditions that need treatment. Good luck - it will be fine....
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