I am scheduled for a barium enema in a couple days as a pre test for my ileostomy reversal. My doctor/surgeon told me not to take the prep for the procedure. In fact, he gave me no prep instructions. He only told me to try to get rid of any mucous that may be in my rectum. But when the hospital called to do my pre admission she told me I had to take the prep! I explained to her that I had an ileostomy but she seemed unconcerned and didn't even seem to know what an ileostomy even is!
I don't doubt she is uneducated about ileostomies because when I was in the hospital the nurses seemed completely untrained for how to handle ostomies. They didn't even know how to change the bag and wafer. It was unbelievable. Anyway, I don't plan to take all these laxatives. First of all, I no longer have a colon. So there is nothing there to clean. And second, in doing my research I learned that laxatives are dangerous for people with ileostomies.
So is there anything special I should do to prep the day before? I know I definately will NOT be eating or drinking anything the day before.