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Old 06-21-2010, 10:30 PM   #1
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Colonoscopy Procedure

Typing this thread or even scrolling through the forum is no fun while your stomach is growling. I have the procedure scheduled tomorrow at noon and I've been on a liquid diet since early AM. And making matters worse, DW was watching the Travel Channel's Man vs Food program.

I hope sometime in the future, technology could produce something wherein you won't have to go on a liquid diet till about a couple of hours before the procedure. This is my first colonoscopy but I had the Flex Sig done about 5 years ago.

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Good luck tomorrow, Next time make sure you are the first one in the morning. I got real hungry with a noon appointment.


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Know what your going through had done 4 times and watched the TV screen as camera traveled. If you have a talkative Doc will show where your internal organs are as scope travels north.
Last scope job was put to sleep because traveled to large and small intestine junction. Only saw a picture of a Crohne's disease inflammation.
All this because of 2 1/2' of small intestine removal back in 03.
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:15 AM   #4
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Twelve years ago they had you fast for 2 and a half days ,just jello and broth,it is way better than it was.
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The day before is waaaay worse than the procedure, especially drinking that gallon of stuff that cleans you out.
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:22 PM   #6
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The day before is waaaay worse than the procedure, especially drinking that gallon of stuff that cleans you out.


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Been there, done that in 08. They had to do it three times. First time was not clear so they had to repeat it, naturally I had to clean out twice. Second time, Doc said I had three polyps, so he removed it, but one was hard to stop the bleeding. Well, two days late my DW had to rush me to the emergency room I was bleeding bad. When I got there, the clerk said to sit down and they would contact my doctor. After about 45 min, I was getting weak so I told the lady at the desk if they didn't do something, they would have a body on their hands. They then went into overdrive. When they wheeled me in the emergency room, my bp was 65 over 40. They had to do the third procedure to stop the bleeding at 8;30pm. The doctor told me he put a clamp on the bleeding polyp. I wish he had done that before.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:31 PM   #8
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The day before is waaaay worse than the procedure, especially drinking that gallon of stuff that cleans you out.
I had it three times and hate the night before. I quess it part of growing older. good luck
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I'll be waiting for the pictures.
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When they "saw" my colon cancer at a very early stage and was able to remove it, declare me cancer free, no chemo, than drinking that gallon and going hungry was pricless.

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Okay! You asked for it. When I had my first one, they also did a barium. Now the barium is where they shove the stuff up from the South end, and then they put in a butt plug to keep it there. Trust me, it is a little uncomfortable. There next step is to take about 14 x-rays, only in my situation the x-ray machine in the room I was in was not working. The nursed asked, "Can you walk to the next x-ray room, this machine is not working." This is about 5 minutes into the procedure when the say it's not working. At this particular point in time, I could have cared less where we went as long as we could get it over with. So out into the hall we went, me trying to hold the gown closed in the rear, and sort of waddling - remember the butt plug.

The next x-ray room machinery was working and they got their pictures. The nurse asks, "Would you like to walk back to the room where your clothes are?" I should have said no, but I was young and foolish. Remember the butt plug. This time she took a short cut through the x-ray development area and I did see my pictures hanging in the light. I knew they were mine because she told me. Just looked like an x-ray to me.

When we get back to where my clothes are, she directs me into the bathroom. She needs to remove the butt-plug. She has me assume the position over the commode. There is one problem. She cannot get the butt-plug to release. Trust me here, I'm helping, if you get my meaning. Now as she is tugging, and I'm pushing, the angle of the dangle changes. She catches her breath and says, "It won't come out!" Whereas I reply, "It has to come out because I'm starting to get a belly ache!" One more time she tries. Remember the angle of the dangle. It came loose. And it came loose with a whoosh because I was helping it. Commode! What Commode! New speckled wallpaper. I said, "Wow! Now you have to clean that up!" To which she replied, "Not me, one of the helper volunteers!!!"

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Al, good for you! I watch my BIL slowly degrade and eventually succumb to colon cancer. Seeing that, DW and I are diligent about our screenings.
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Well Rom, since you have returned from the procedure and are home re-cooperating, this might give you a chuckle:

~Dave Barry's Colonoscopy Journal:

... I called my friend Andy Sable , a gastroenterologist, to make an
appointment for a colonoscopy. A few days later, in his office, Andy
showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go
all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis .

Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough,
reassuring and patient manner. I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear
anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, quote, 'HE'S GOING TO STICK A TUBE

I left Andy 's office with some written instructions, and a prescription
for a product called 'MoviPrep,' which comes in a box large enough to hold
a microwave oven. I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice
it to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of America 's

I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous.
Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my preparation. In accordance
with my instructions, I didn't eat any solid food that day; all I had was
chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less flavor.
Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two packets of powder
together in a one-liter plastic jug, then you fill it with lukewarm water.
(For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a liter is about 32 gallons.)

Then you have to drink the whole jug. This takes about an hour, because
MoviPrep tastes - and here I am being kind - like a mixture of goat spit and
urinal cleanser, with just a hint of lemon.

The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great
sense of humor, state that after you drink it, 'a loose watery bowel
movement may result.' This is kind of like saying that after you jump off
your roof, you may experience contact with the ground.

MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don't want to be too graphic, here, but:
Have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch? This is pretty much the
MoviPrep experience, with you as the shuttle. There are times when you wish
the commode had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined to
the bathroom, spurting violently. You eliminate everything. And then, when
you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink another liter of
MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel into the
future and start eliminating food that you have not even eaten yet.

After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep. The next morning
my wife drove me to the clinic. I was very nervous. Not only was I worried
about the procedure, but I had been experiencing occasional return bouts
of MoviPrep spurtage. I was thinking, 'What if I spurt on Andy ?' How do
you apologize to a friend for something like that? Flowers would not be

At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I understood
and totally agreed with whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led me
to a room full of other colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little
curtained space and took off my clothes and put on one of those hospital
garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind that, when you put it on, makes
you feel even more naked than when you are actually naked.

Then a nurse named Eddie put a little needle in a vein in my left hand.
Ordinarily I would have fainted, but Eddie was very good, and I was
already lying down. Eddie also told me that some people put vodka in
their MoviPrep. At first was ticked off that I hadn't thought of this, but
I pondered what would happen if you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the
bathroom, so you were staggering around in full Fire Hose Mode. You would
have no choice but to burn your house.

When everything was ready, Eddie wheeled me into the procedure room,
where Andy was waiting with a nurse and an anesthesiologist. I did not see
the 17,000-foot tube, but I knew Andy had it hidden around there somewhere.

I was seriously nervous at this point. Andy had me roll over on my left side,
and the anesthesiologist began hooking something up to the needle in my
hand. There was music playing in the room, and I realized that the song
was 'Dancing Queen' by Abba. I remarked to Andy that, of all the songs
that could be playing during this particular procedure, 'Dancing Queen' has
to be the least appropriate. 'You want me to turn it up?' said Andy , from
somewhere behind me. 'Ha ha,' I said. And then it was time, the moment I
had been dreading for more than a decade. If you are squeamish, prepare
yourself, because I am going to tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was

I have no idea. Really. I slept through it. One moment, Abba was shrieking
'Dancing Queen! Feel the beat from the tambourine ...' and the next moment,
I was back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood. Andy was
looking down at me and asking me how I felt. I felt excellent. I felt even more
excellent when Andy told me that it was all over, and that my colon had passed
with flying colors.
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There is a definite side effect of colonoscopy's that the doctor doesn't tell you about. After you had the procedure you can no longer trust your f***s anymore.......

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