The liquid enemas are certainly not easy to administer. When my husband needed them the only way for him to get them inserted without creating a mess and getting super frustrated was for me to do it for him. He would guide the insertion of the applicator. The first few times was a bit anxious for me as I wanted to be sure I wasn't causing any discomfort and was getting the medication into him at a slow enough steady pace. I can honestly say if I didn't step in and do this he would not have done them on his own. At that time he was so out of his mind with all that was going on he didn't have the patience to handle that on his own.
Even now with the cortifoam -I get it ready - he inserts it and I push the foam in and save a small amount on the exiting to use on the hemmorroid which the colorectal surgeon advised to be done.
As we speak, for the past 2 days he has felt exceptionally well. We are not getting too too excited but maybe this is the beginning of something good to last awhile for him we hope. (fingers crossed) He has not used the cortifoam for about
5 days as well.
That part has me a bit worried - I am not sure if that is wise or not. I will be watching very closely. I think I will call the Dr and just check and see what his opinion on the matter is. I would hate to see him take one step forward and two or more steps back.
Any help you can get from your spouse if he/she is willing to do so will help you deal with this as well. I'm sure it is not that easy for everyone to even ask for the help, feel embarrased or whatever. You might be surprised though if you ask and may find that he/she is more than willing to help. Sometimes that is all it takes is asking as the other might not want to pry or volunteer and make you feel awkward. Meanwhile nobody is asking anybody anything because of assumptions...lol.
61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days. 150mg Imuran
Zero mg prednisone 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, fiber capsule 1x day, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 40 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema every other PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month