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Cancer: Colon Message Board

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First of all, let me say that no two people are alike and that your results may differ from mine. With that said, I would like to detail my recent colonoscopy in hopes that it may enlighten those who have yet to have one and those who may have had one a while back and things are always changing.

I had my first colonoscopy 10 years ago. The prep at that time was drinking over one gallon of liquid over a period of time. I do remember drinking starting at 12:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. of the same day. It was lots of liquid! And it tasted terrible!

Fast forward to April of 2017. This time, the prep I used was called Suprep. You mix a six-ounce bottle of liquid crud with water equaling 16 oz., drink it down and then follow with 32 oz. of water. I took this at 6:00 p.m. the evening before my colonoscopy and then repeated the same thing at 5:00 a.m. the day of my colonoscopy.

The way my gastro doctor had me prep was no fiber diet two days prior and then only liquids the day before.

A tip to drinking and something I read which was helpful, is have the liquid cold and drink it through a straw. I also mixed A LITTLE Crystal Light with the solution to take the medicinal taste away. I also sipped the mixture, while holding my breath and then took a drink of Propel water to minimize the bad taste. It was a mix between sweet and savory, but definitely not unbearable.

After taking the first dose at 6:00 p.m., I had one fairly large bowel movement about one hour later and then nothing else that evening! I thought this isnít bad at all. Well, then comes 5:00 a.m. the next morning when you have to repeat everything over. This time, I finished the mixture at around 5:30 and even before finishing the 32 oz. of water, BANG! Wow, I was cleaned out in a few hours and everything came out like a waterfall! You know you have done a good job when whatever winds up coming out at the end is clear. I had to leave for my 8:00 a.m. appointment at 7:30 a.m., not really knowing if I was going to have to go again. I would suggest maybe wearing an adult diaper to the doctorís office, in case you need to go on the way! I didnít have one so I wrapped a towel in my undies, just in case. I didnít go in the car, but needed to dash to the restroom 2-3 times prior to the colonoscopy.

Now the colonoscopy is starting. You canít drink anything at all two hours prior to the procedure, but you have been going to the bathroom A LOT and when they attempted to put in the IV, they had a really hard time, because I was dehydrated! No duh! There isnít much you can do about this. They eventually found a vein somewhere on my right side, but the doctor was talking to me trying to distract me and I think it was finally put in my hand.

Colonoscopy is done. With the light anesthesia given, you donít (and shouldnít) remember much, if anything, about the whole process. I loved that part!

You then recover and my doctor said to resume a regular diet as soon as I felt like it.

I had one bowel movement the evening of and saw blood in my stool and on the toilet paper. I called after hours and they said to watch it and let them know if it didnít go away the next day. Well, the next day, today, I have another bowel movement and everything comes out good. I am hoping to be out of the woods at this point.

I have had discomfort in my intestines, passing gas and feeling somewhat nauseous. I took some gas pills for this and they really helped.

I had three ďdiminutiveĒ (small) polyps that were removed and sent to pathology. I am crossing my fingers to receive a good report back. After this, the doctor will give recommendations on when to repeat the colonoscopy.

Not a lot of fun, but necessary if you are 50 and above. I would rather go through this than not and find out too late that I have colon cancer!

Hope this has been helpful!

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