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A Firsthand Account of a Colonoscopy Prep

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Today is it - the dreaded prep day for my colonoscopy tomorrow.  I thought that I would write as I go along today so that you can get a firsthand account of my misery and maybe take away some lessons learned (hopefully I will learn something useful) that you can use for when you have to prepare for your dreaded colonoscopy.  Until someone comes up with a better way to analyze the colon, this is the way they do it.  And, since we have Crohn's disease we become very familiar with this process.

It has been two years since I had my last colonoscopy and this time it is with a different doctor, which means a different process for prepping.  The last doctor gave any easy preparation - sodium phosphate tablets.  I had to take about 32 of them, but it was easier than having to drink a gallon of yucky laxative.  This time, I have to drink two liters of HalfLytely and take two Bisacodyl Tablets.  I am really not looking forward to drinking the HalfLytely (AKA "the yucky laxative").  Every time that I drink this laxative stuff that is Lemon Lime flavored, I cannot drink sprite or 7up for months afterwards, and sometimes years.  It is that awful.

I have already taken the two Bisacodyl pills and am thinking that I will start drinking the Halflytely earlier than they say because in the past I have stayed up well past midnight still going to the toilette.  And, they always want me there so very early!

Colon Prep Progress Update:

Okay, BAD idea to take the Halflytely early!  Do not do it - they have the allotted times you should take this for a reason - as I have learned the hard way.  I started drinking the Halflytely about two hours earlier than when they said to start and at about 10 ounces into it, I started feeling weird.  So, I took my blood pressure and it had risen to 155/110 - really too high.  And of course, this freaked me out so I immediately called my doctor and found out that they put the times on the instructions for a reason and that you should not start drinking the liquid before the appropriate amount of time has passed.   I called my husband to have him come home (he was so nicely going to eat dinner at his parent's house so that I wouldn't have to smell the food - very thoughtful) because I was worried and needed his comfort.  I am now trying to relax and not think about heart attacks and all of the fears that plague my mind.

Colon Prep Progress Update:

My blood pressure has finally gone down and I am back to drinking the awful Halflytely.  I hope that the grossed out face that I keep making every time I look at the stuff doesn't permanently alter my face.  I can't help scrunching up my face when I look at it!   I am almost done with the Halflytely - I can NOT wait!!!!!  It is not even going too badly.

Colon Prep Progress Update:

I am done with drinking the yucky laxative (yay)!  All in all, I don't feel too bad.  I feel much better than I ever have in the past and this liquid doesn't sting on the way out.  I have had some in the past that were just torture on the way in AND on the way out.  I think that this means that I am going to have good results (I hope)!

Post Colonoscopy Update:

It is over!  I had the exam yesterday and the results were really good.  He said that there was no sign of active Crohn's anywhere and to keep doing what I am doing.  This is the best results that I think that I have had since being diagnosed.  I feel really happy that all the work and all the sacrifices that I have made the last few years have not been for nothing.  It must be working and I just have to keep at it and to try to (as Todd says) ‘Keep my mind in the game".

Conclusion to Colonoscopy Prep:

Moral to the story: Follow the instructions!  I usually follow them to the ‘T' but this time decided to alter them to see if I could avoid staying up all night.  Next time, I will just have to take the two pills earlier so that I can start the drinking process earlier so I can go to bed earlier.  This time, I didn't have a choice on starting earlier since I was coming back from a business trip from Florida and arrived just in time to start the prep (lucky me).

Good luck with your next prep!

Kelly

Last Updated:8/12/2009
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