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   Posted 2/26/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I have my colon removed on Monday.
My prep is only clear liquids for 48 hrs plus Magnesium Citrate 24 hrs before surgery.

I don't think I can go without food for 48 hrs without passing out or getting headache

Thinking about drinking sm amt milk couple times the first 24 hrs so I can manage

Every time I had colonoscopy I was very clean the docs said.

What is danger of drinking milk that first day of prep?

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   Posted 2/26/2009 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
When they had me drink clear liquids I could have broths, jello, soda, pretty much any liquid and they didn't even care if it was red because they were removing my colon. They said when I had the colonoscopy it couldn't be red because they had to see through the colon but when they take it out it didn't matter. That's just what my doctors told me and I was fine, but if you want to be sure you should check with yours.

Good luck to you!
35 years old
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - March 13, 2007
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
Temporary Ileostomy due to small bowell perforation Septepmber 29, 2008
Ileostomy Reversal - December 15, 2008
Multiple Small Bowel Abscesses-December 22, 2008
Leak at original Anastamosis -December 25, 2008
JP Drain removed - January 23, 2009
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   Posted 2/26/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
They told me the same thing. But I get really bad (headaches, weak). I'm thinking about cheating and having a little milk that first day to get me thruough this. I ask the RN today, and she said "clear liquids 48 hrs.

I know how I get headaches. I plan to try but may have to cheat. I will not tell hosp, just drink sm amt milk or little butter to get me through.


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   Posted 2/26/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I only had to go 24 hours on clear liquids only, prior to colon removal.

I would err on being safe rather than sorry. Hot broth, popsicles, jello qualify as clears and will get some sugar and calories into your body, and might trick your stomach a little into feeling fuller. I was so anxious prior to surgery that I wasn't that hungry anyway.

Thinking good thoughts for your surgery, you will feel much better soon.
Dx Mild Proctitis 7/06 at age 33, Dx Severe Pan Colitis 5/07, Dx Crohn's Colitis 10/07
Failed Asacol, Lialda, 6-MP, Canasa, Rowasa, Proctofoam, Entocort, Remicade, Humira
10/10/08 colon removed, temporary ileostomy
11/10/08 FINALLY off prednisone after 18 months
2nd of 3 surgeries planned for '09 to form j-pouch

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   Posted 2/26/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
if you cannot see through it, you SHOULDN'T drink it...milk wouldn't be my first choice, but I would do broth and Popsicles...I don't know your doc, but I wouldn't want to jeopardize my surgery?

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   Posted 2/26/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with everyone with not drinking milk. I had my colon removed back in August. I am lactose intolerant, so I never drink milk. I just want to say Good luck with everything.

diagnosed with slow transit constipation: June 2008
total colectomy with ileo-rectal anamastosis: Aug 7, 2008
Numerous food intolerances (gluten,lactose,msg,etc)

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   Posted 2/26/2009 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Really try not to cheat! You don't want to be sorry you did.
Good luck! I'll be thinking and praying for you on Mon.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)

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   Posted 2/27/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I would stay away from milk, too. If you eat plenty of broth, jello, and popsicles, and drink a lot of apple and cranberry juice, you'll get through it. If you get a headache, isn't it okay to take a couple of Tylenol? Good luck with the prep and the surgery on Monday. I'll be thinking about you and praying for you!
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.

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   Posted 2/27/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I just want to wish you all the best for your surgery!! ..Cheryl

Hysterectomy 1998
Diagnosed IBS 2000
Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2001
3 Hernia Repairs, 2004
Repeat Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2006 (the mesh from previous prolapse surgery had let go and fallen into my bowels)...
Removal of mesh from bowels (it was piercing holes all through my bowels and appendix and cecum, causing 2 fistulas and heavy bleeding vaginally and rectally)...mesh was removed, two pieces of large bowel removed and resectioned with a loop ileostomy. 2008
I have underlying connective tissue disorder (Ehlers Danloss Syndrome) which is the reason for the two failed surgeries)
 Reversal surgery scheduled for March 9/09

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   Posted 2/27/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your best wishes! I appreciate that.

I sure hope this prep is the worse part. I feel good about my surgeon, the hospital, the nurses. I also feel good about my recovery. It's just the two days without substance...sugar water just doesn't help, and yes I am on Tylenol around the clock for body inflammation.

I've decided to fill up on spaghetti and milk an hr before my 48 hrs start. By the time I get hungry, it will be bedtime. Then Sunday morning I take the Magnesium Citrate. Then six hrs later I hit the road for two hrs to stay with my brother until Monday. I report at 11am for 1pm surgery.

Oh, I have to shower with this surgical scrub stuff. Once the night before and once the morning of surgery. Life is an experience.

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   Posted 2/27/2009 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't eat too close to when you have to drink the magnesium citrate because it could make you throw up everything you ate..
thanks, Dusti

Diagnosed with colonic inertia at 13 years old, had my colon removed.
Diagnosed with rectal inertia at 16 years old, had my rectum removed and had a jpouch made.
Diagnosed with small bowel inertia at 18 years old, and got an ileostomy wich I still have. I am 27 now.
If you want to know more, just ask me!
"Don't worry about failure, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try"

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