Hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving, I know that I did! I am having a gastrografin (spelling?) enema done this Tuesday morning. For those of you who don't know what this is, it is the test that is done for patients with temporary ileostomies to see how their insides have healed before having the reversal (take down) surgery. My hospital sent a 2 day prep for this exam. Today is day 1 of the prep. The diet I followed was VERY restrictive. I pretty much only had eggs all day with clear liquids. I also had 10 oz of magnesium citrate which is burning my skin as it is coming out of my stoma. Tomorrow, day 2, I am only allowed 8 oz of water at 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9pm along with another bottle of mag citrate at 8pm. On the day of the exam (Tuesday), I am supposed to take a Dulcolax 10mg suppository at 6am. So, these are my questions:
1) How do I stop the burning that is coming out of me? The liquid is leaking on my skin and I just changed my bag this morning so there was a good seal already.
2) Is the 2 day prep necessary? It seems like all that is coming out of me is already pure liquid so I feel "cleaned" out?
3) What is the point of the suppository? I don't understand why I need it because no food has gotten past my stoma since surgery? I am starting to wonder if this is a generic prep that the hospital sends that is not specific for people with ileostomies.
Any help is much appreciated!
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis 1999, changed to Ulcerative Colitis 2002. J pouch surgery Oct 5, 2009