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Posted: 12/9/2012 4:02:14 PM
Can anyone give the good, bad and ugly? He starts drinking the medication at 6:00 tonight and I have decided to send the children out to dinner so he can go through the process without worring about the kids. Is it really as bad as they make it sound?

**Update**
We are back and things went great! They found 4 very small polyps but don't seem concerned at all. Geez, it was so fast. We expected to be there a couple hours and we were on our way home in only 45 minutes. AND he feels great tonight! My turn next year. Oh yay.... Thank you all for your help and advice!

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Posted: 12/9/2012 4:16:18 PM
Well, he'll still be going through the process when your kids get home from dinner. It doesn't hit you immediately. He may be in for a long evening of bathroom visits. He should be able to sleep normally and may have a few more bathroom visits in the morning. At least that's been my experience.

Just tell the kids that when dad needs the bathroom, he needs it NOW.

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Posted: 12/9/2012 4:21:15 PM
I would start drinking the fluids now. 6PM is kind of late. He will most likely still be pooping at midnight! I usually get up a few times in the night too. It takes about 1.5 hours for the fluids to kick in for me. Have things to do in the bathroom- phone, iPad, crossword, etc. If you don't have baby wipes available, go get some. Also, light a candle in the bathroom. Don't forget to enjoy the humor in the situation.

I am currently being treated for colon cancer found early because of a colonoscopy- it is so worth it.



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Posted: 12/9/2012 4:27:21 PM
The prep is far worse than the procedure.

Do your hubby a HUGE favor: instead of the prep he has (half lytely or something of that ilk), go buy a large container of Miralax (or the generic) and several containers of Gatorade (not the red one).

Have him do the Miralax and Gatorade prep. It is way more gentle, has none of the appalling taste, and is infinitely better.

Here are some links with details:

Miralax prep

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Posted: 12/9/2012 4:38:27 PM
I thought the prep was worse than the test (which was honestly nothing, I just came home and slept after it was over), but I didn't think it was that bad. Being that I had to have it done because I had been having stomach issues, I was somewhat used to those problems...

My biggest advice would be to drink a lot of water along with the gatorade and juice and whatever else. I got a really bad case of nausea from so much sweeter tasting stuff (I was afraid of getting a migraine from my blood sugar dropping so I tried to keep it up) and that was the worst thing to deal with. I also got no sleep the night before. Honestly I was afraid to fall asleep...

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Posted: 12/9/2012 4:39:13 PM
Get some vasoline for his butt. I threw up half of my prep but luckily I was still cleaned out really well. He might as well get a good magazine or something. I wanted something I could read in the bathroom and then just throw away.

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Posted: 12/9/2012 4:39:59 PM
If you don't start by noon you're generally in for a restless if not sleepless night. And I'll ditto the Miralax as a better prep.


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Posted: 12/9/2012 4:41:07 PM
Like others have said, "going through the process" takes longer than what it will take the kids to eat dinner and come home.

The prep is definitely not fun but I didn't find it nearly as bad as people made it out to be. Drinking all of that liquid was hard though and the last 2 glasses I wasn't sure if I would get down I felt so stuffed. As for the bathroom, when he thinks he needs to go, then go and don't try to rush it. Just stay there until he has gotten all out of his system for that bathroom run. Then, use flushable wipes. It is SO much easier on the tush. If you don't have any, go buy them now. The procedure itself is a breeze. You go to sleep and a few minutes later, you wake up and its all over. It takes a few days for your system to get back to normal.





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Posted: 12/9/2012 5:23:07 PM
The best thing you can do is read Dave Barry's Colonoscopy column out loud to him.

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Posted: 12/9/2012 5:31:54 PM
I've had a couple--and was best prepared for the last one. The doctor who was going to be doing the procedure HIGHLY recommended that you use baby wipes and Desitin EVERY time you went to the bathroom during the prep.


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Posted: 12/9/2012 5:38:49 PM
I agree to start ASAP. I usually try to start it before noon so I'm not up all night. I also try to fast or eat very lightly the day before. The worst of the whole process is the prep but depending on what time he has his procedure know that he will be famished if it's anything after late morning. Hopefully the discomfort after the procedure will be minimal.


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Posted: 12/9/2012 5:40:13 PM

The prep is definitely not fun but I didn't find it nearly as bad as people made it out to be.
I agree, it gets talked up here whenever it is mentioned and it really isn't that bad.

My tips, have the fluid in the fridge, it goes down a little easier when it is cold, and if the taste is an issue, drink it through a straw, that way it misses most of the taste buds on the way down.

Do your hubby a HUGE favor: instead of the prep he has (half lytely or something of that ilk), go buy a large container of Miralax (or the generic) and several containers of Gatorade (not the red one).

I would NOT follow this advice. Doctors/clinics have their own protocols for their own reasons and I think it's pretty unethical for a nurse to tell you not to follow it. Follow the instructions as given.

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Posted: 12/9/2012 5:46:14 PM
I found that anticipating the prep was far worse than how it actually was.

But what does stick in my mind was being very weak and lightheaded by the time I was to be at the hospital. I thought I was going to faint from lack of food. I would recommend taking in as many calories as you can through your liquids--regular sugared soft drinks, broth from the cup a soup (just skim off the noodles), etc.

I just had mine done in Oct.

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Posted: 12/9/2012 6:41:32 PM
Dinner won't be long enough to cover 'the process'

It'll cover him drinking it. But the rest will take a while.


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Posted: 12/9/2012 7:34:51 PM
Thank you all for your great advice! T minus 20 minutes. He didn't want to start earlier... I have everything ready and sent the kids out for a couple hours. Oh my gosh, I read him Dave Barry's column and died laughing. Thanks for the pick me up!

P.S. He just started...here we go!

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Posted: 12/9/2012 7:37:25 PM
Frequent flyer here. I have a lot of sympathy for folks going through the prep. I prefer the pills, but they're black boxed, due to potential kidney failure-a rare side effect. The hardest part for me is drinking the stuff. Then again, some people can just chug-a-lug and it's easy for them. Then it's Bombs Away. Everyone preps differently. Some people start right away, while it can take a few hours for others. I usually can sleep at night, but that am liquid prep is just icing on the torture cake. As for the procedure itself, I snooze through it. No discomfort whatsoever. Then I go home and sleep out the day and that's that. In short, prep-nasty. Procedure-easy and comfy. Once the IV is inserted the discomfort is completely done. Good luck to your dh. Hope everything comes out all right in the end!





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Posted: 12/9/2012 7:44:44 PM
Sorry if this is TMI.

It's gross and definitely not a time you want distractions. We have a powder room off of our family room. I sat in a recliner there (mere feet away from the toilet) for part of the time while waiting to need to use the toilet, and after first trip to the bathroom wasn't comfortable sitting in the recliner without first covering it with a plastic bag and doubled up towels.

And if I had not read, on here, from a pea who warned me, I would have FREAKED OUT when the liquid came out with power sprayer type pressure. I ended up setting up a card table in the bathroom with my laptop on it and sat there for at least 1.5 hours at one point. I did get some sleep that night before havign to wake 4 hours before the procedure to take the second half of hte prep liquid. There wasn't much left to get rid of though.

The procedure itself was nothing!

Good luck to both of you!

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Posted: 12/9/2012 9:32:16 PM
This is the worst part of the whole thing. Tomorrow, a little IV, a very nice nap, you wake up maybe a few gas pains, then home. Good Luck.

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Posted: 12/10/2012 12:25:26 PM
Probably weird here, or just regular, but mine was over in less than two hours. It was so fast I thought I did it wrong, but doc said I had a great "prep".

It must depend on your system, my diet is NOT that pure!

Drinking the stuff was the worst part, blek

Best wishes to your DH, hopes he gets to wait five years after this one.

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Posted: 12/10/2012 12:46:07 PM
My DH was just at his doctor for routine bloodwork on Friday and was reminded that "it's time" to schedule his first.

He is chronically constipated so I can't see this prep being very much fun for him. He drinks at least 3/4 gallon of water a day, and has an "orange shake" each morning of citrucel and fiber powder, yet still has passing issues.

Any tips for pre-prepping before his official prep to make it easier to prep?

Poor guy... this won't be pretty I'm certain!

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Posted: 12/10/2012 1:59:46 PM
My DH is going through this now too. His colonoscopy is tomorrow. I went through it in July. DH had to start drinking the stuff at 2:00 p.m. today.

I'm surprised that your DH has to start so late in evening. Is his colonoscopy late the next day? When you start earlier, by bedtime, you don't have to use the bathroom through the night. I can't imagine starting at 6:00 p.m, he'll be up all night in the bathroom.

overall, the whole process is not too bad but when your DH has to go, he HAS to go. No holding it in.

This is my DH's third time going through this. He, and all of his siblings, had to start doing colonoscopies at an early age because he father had (and survived) advanced colon cancer.



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Posted: 12/10/2012 2:01:23 PM

Have him do the Miralax and Gatorade prep. It is way more gentle, has none of the appalling taste, and is infinitely better.

Here are some links with details:

Miralax prep

Prep




This is what DH and I did. Lemon-Lime Gatorade and Miralax. Didn't taste bad at all.


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Posted: 12/10/2012 2:03:10 PM
pheestand. have your DH est lightly for a few days before the prep... Soft diet type........

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Posted: 12/10/2012 4:01:30 PM

pheestand. have your DH est lightly for a few days before the prep... Soft diet type........


Thanks for the advice. I was thinking maybe no bulk at all, only clear liquids, but he'll like your idea better!

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Posted: 12/10/2012 8:14:41 PM

I would NOT follow this advice. Doctors/clinics have their own protocols for their own reasons and I think it's pretty unethical for a nurse to tell you not to follow it. Follow the instructions as given.


Do some research. I have. TOP GI doctors around the US use this prep method. Why don't all drs use it? Primarily laziness, a lack of caring about the patients' wellbeing and discomfort, and possibly a relationship with the drug company. And it's not as if a person can't, oh I don't know, CALL their dr and ask!

The Miralax prep has been used for years with enormous success and it is far easier on patients. If your dr doesn't offer this prep, you should probably look for a better dr, one who is more current and caring.

My then dr didn't offer me this option; I found out about it own my own and used it. My colon was clean as a whistle. After using the laxative pills (the first step), I was so damn ill (terrible nausea, pain, and near fainting) there was no way in hell I could have drunk that disgusting stuff I'd picked up from the pharmacy. The Gatorade actually HELPED by restoring some fluids and salt/sugar.

I have NO problems with recommending this prep, and I have saved at least a few people a lot of misery with this knowledge.



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