First colonoscopy

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/21/2008 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to all for the advice on my first thread as a member....tomorrow I'm off to my first colonoscopy...I've been doing the prep since 9 am and it's not AS bad as I thought it would be....but certainly not pleasant by any stretch. I'm ready for a definite answer to my problems, although the doc is fairly certain I have colitis, and I'm ready for some sort of medication that may help me get back into my normal routine...something I haven't had in months!!

One question I'm sure you're asked a lot on here....should I plan to go to work the day after the colonoscopy? I know I'll be under for the procedure and I work in an environment where my work MUST be precise and accurate each time (at a university where I work in admissions). I just want to know what I should tell my boss...would I be wise to stay out another day or to come in just a couple of hours late or what?

Also, I just have to mention this...there is a chance for really icy roads/weather tomorrow morning...if my colonoscopy is canceled due to weather and I did this prep for nothing...I'll probably cry!! Pray for no snow/ice least in my area!!

Thanks in advance for the tips/stories...they really help me out a lot!

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 1/21/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Just said a prayer for you - just be positive that you can get there - you know the hospital will be there. You ARE having someone go with you to drive you home, right?

The new meds they give to put you under are so different than when they gave us Demerol and other crud that affected me worse than anything. I always had a hard time coming out of it but now it's a breeze. I know lots of people go back to work etc. but I think it's good to go home and rest. Your body has been through so much and needs it esp. if you are having symptoms. When someone goes for just a routine one that may be different. Rest up, drink tons of fluids to replace what you've lost. Good luck and God Bless.


Diagnosed with LS UC 1984, suffered for 16 years, high doses Pred and eased off to Azulfidine; remission for 9 years, just flared recently. Asacol 3, 3x day; 20 ml. Pred.. Heading into remission again with addition of: prayer, deep breathing, walks on the beach and: 4-1000 mg.garlic twice daily; 2 zyflamend twice daily, SuperFoods RX multi-whole food vita twice daily, SuperFoods RX Omega 3; 3 Asacol 3 x day with 3 Vitamin Shoppe Ultimate 10 Probiotic; Metamucil morning and night - no dairy, hardly any coffee, lots of water and green tea. Was using L-Glutamine but read that it can aggravate?

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   Posted 1/22/2008 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
You may very well feel up to going to work the day after the colonoscopy, go by how you feel by the time you go to bed, if it's not a problem for you to call work the same day that you might be missing...or if your work wants at least one day notice that you won't be there then you can play it safe and just stay home...but you should be okay, everyone is so different and each time can be different so it's hard to say for sure.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

Old Hat
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   Posted 1/22/2008 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
It's a good idea to take off work the day after c-scope, especially if you have to drive yourself there early in the morning. The instructions I always get post-procedure say not to drive for 24 hrs after sedation is given-- nor to make "important decisions". So don't reject any applicants for admission while under the influence of c-scope meds! (Ha!) I can relate to your dilemma, having worked in admissions myself a while back. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)
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