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Imagesallyg
Apr 12, 2011 7:23 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Dr. Anne Arundel, MD that is

Well having had one I can at least say it wasn't that bad- for me. My prep drink sounded easier than my friend's. I don't know why they vary. I was relieved I did not have cramps with the prep, that was my fear. I am glad for all that cuz he wants me on the five year plan, since Mom had a big tumor at age 88.

How was it for you? Any tips or commiseration you want to share?

Most of all, if you've never had one don't be scared- think of the doctor's "point of view" Rolling on the floor laughing
There is a series of these funny American Cancer Society Polypman videos

"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
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Imagestormyla
Apr 12, 2011 7:41 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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OMG I can't believe you started a thread on this, Sal. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Well, yes I have thought of the doctor's point of view and that's not pleasant either. Hilarious!

I'm due for my second one now and am putting it off. I'm too busy and don't want to deal with it. DSO had his last month. I really should be incentivized to go, being as how he has been through so much due to colon cancer. Poor baby has to have one yearly. Sad

Yesterday I heard a doctor's ad on the radio claiming that he was the only board certified proctologist in Pa. I wondered how that could be as we have so many teaching hospitals here. Confused

I do get the cramping pretty bad. I had my gall bladder out a number of years ago and anything that upsets my digestive system hits me pretty hard. Without a gall bladder bile drips directly into the stomach and goes to work on food instantly. The prep was heck for me. Thumbs down
Imagesallyg
Apr 12, 2011 7:51 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
I'm kind of here for the people like me who dreaded it for no good reason. Sounds like you're dreading it for good reason Blinking

i will admit that with my schedule it was not hard for me to plan a day at home for prep day. The not eating made me grumpy but grumpy doesn't hurt.
I never felt dehydrated or shaky as I feared I would.

That seems impossible about the proctologist.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Apr 12, 2011 7:55 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Yeah, that is another issue for me. With not eating I can't take any of my Diabetes medecine and I can get pretty shaky & nauseated.
ImageLadygardener1
Apr 12, 2011 9:23 AM CST
Name: Chris
NW Pa, Near Lake Erie
I was in the hospital when I had mine done. I ate something that caused irritation and bleeding. The procedure was easy, slept through it all, they put me out. The worst part was after when the nurse refused to feed me after the test. The doctor said he wrote orders that I could resume eating. I told the nurse I was going to tackle anyone that passed by my room with a bag of potato chips.
I was 3 days without food.
Lesson learned, ask to see the chart if you think orders are not being followed.
Stormy, I can't believe that Dr's claim, Pa is a big state. I had mine done in Ohio.
Imagestormyla
Apr 12, 2011 9:30 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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Dunno Chris. Maybe the guy meant that he was also surgical board certified. It really struck me as odd. I know that we have a real problem here with losing doctors,and there are fewer and fewer specialists choosing to practise here, but that really did sound unlikely.

They often let you starve to death in the hospital. Grumbling I used to have to fight to keep the nurses from eating my brother's food just because he didn't have an appetite right then.
ImageLadygardener1
Apr 12, 2011 9:47 AM CST
Name: Chris
NW Pa, Near Lake Erie
Yep! when I was permitted to order food I got such a small portion it didn't even make a dent. I was glad to get home and clean out the frig. and the snack draw and the cupboards Big Grin
Imagestormyla
Apr 12, 2011 9:53 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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Whenever I have to go for bloodwork and any other kinds of tests I try to schedule them to end about the time the cafeteria is reopening. I hate that they close it between meal times. Our hospital has a great cafeteria and people who work nearby are known to go there for lunch or dinner. The patient food is pretty good there too.

None of my family members ever went to that hospital. Of all of the thousands of hours that I spent in hospitals with them, none of them had any decent cafeterias or patient food. I was always bringing food in for them. Thumbs down
ImageLadygardener1
Apr 12, 2011 10:08 AM CST
Name: Chris
NW Pa, Near Lake Erie
The 2 hospitals that I go to for testing has great food.
When I worked in a hospital many moons ago and single, I would check out their menu for dinner and eat there before I went home, good meals really cheap. Better then cooking for myself. But on payday I would go to the bank and stop at the bakery, get a box of my favorite doughnuts and eat most of them driving home in my VW bug.
Imagestormyla
Apr 12, 2011 10:10 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Hilarious! I have a good friend who is an Orthopedic Surgeon. The floor of her little sports car is always littered with candy wrappers of all sorts of varieties. She is a closet candy eater. Her husband won't let her have any. Blinking
Tammy
Apr 12, 2011 12:27 PM CST
Name: Tam
NE PA
Well... I just had my first colonscopy last Thurs. I am such a worrier I was near panic after taking the 3 dulcelax Wed morning and drinking the full gallon of colyte (?) prescribed prep mix Wed night and NOTHING had gone out. I was just so bloated and starting to get nauseous but of course things did eventually move. And so I was adequately prepped for the procedure Thurs am. Smiling

I was actually thinking how awful it must be to be the doctor doing the procedure. yuck. I guess they knew what they were getting into before they picked their specialty though.

The actual procedure was a breeze. Hardest part was getting the IV in - of course you are dehydrated when you go in! I swear that nurse sounded like it was my fault I was dehydrated! Slept through it and the doctor gave me a 10% off coupon for Perkins. So we had breakfast on the way home. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Tam
ImageLadygardener1
Apr 12, 2011 12:38 PM CST
Name: Chris
NW Pa, Near Lake Erie
I wonder how many cheat on the prep ? Not good. Rolling on the floor laughing

Did you guys watch The Middle. There was one episode when her boss tricked her into taking him to his colonoscopy in his camper. Pretty funny stuff.
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Imagestormyla
Apr 12, 2011 12:52 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Hilarious! No I missed that one.

Glad to hear that it went so well for you Tammy! Hurray!
Imagesallyg
Apr 12, 2011 2:23 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
My prep was three 12 oz bottles of Mag citrate from the drugstore. Kinda nasty but the can't complain it's not that much volume. Those bottles were little when I bought them but got bigger progressively, on the night of prep Blinking Rolling on the floor laughing And they work.

I wonder if those docs are the ones that didn't get their first choice on decision day, or second choice etc.. ''Scrubs'' had one episode at least where the GYN docs were hounding the female intern trying to get her into GYN/OB, as if she wouldn't be interested in something else!

I've had some really good hospital cafeteria meals too. Its great you can pick and choose and always have veggies available. And no matter what was served to the room and when, Mom would always appreciate a piece of decent layer cake Smiling
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Apr 12, 2011 2:26 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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I remeber drinking a half gallon of something. But that was 5 years ago.
luvsgrtdanes
Aug 15, 2011 10:05 AM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
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Well looks like it's my turn Sad I was putting mine off but my blood test showed anemia and I have Iron Overload disease so I shouldn't be anemic Blinking First thing they want to do is look for bleeding Crying

I have to drink 40 oz of miralax between 2 and 4 then four dulcolax at 7 with 2 more glasses of fluids. I may float away today Hilarious!
So far for me other than being a nerveous wreck is the hunger part, I'm starving. I usually eat religiously on schedule. Jello for breakfast and lunch is the pits Thumbs down
Best part is I'm scheduled for first thing in the morning Thumbs up
Probably won't be checking in later I'll keep the details of the bathroom brigade to myself Rolling on the floor laughing
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Imagesallyg
Aug 15, 2011 3:08 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
We sure wish for ++good++ results on your procedure Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up

I'm laughing and grumbling right along with you, it hasn't been 'that long' since mine.
Group hug for Ronnie
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
luvsgrtdanes
Aug 15, 2011 3:23 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Yikes, started the prep at 2:15 finished at 4 and was in the bathroom at 4:05 Whistling
What in heaven's name do I need the dulcolax for at 7 Blinking
Lou took the girlies out to eat so I could suffer in silence Whistling
Waaaa I'm hungry Grumbling
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Imagesallyg
Aug 15, 2011 5:04 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Isn't the human digestive system a remarkable thing??? Blinking Rolling on the floor laughing

Yeah, I gotcha, how much can one need to be cleaned out Blinking

Good move on Lou's part. Last thing I would want is serving kiddies anything, or anybody eating around me...or anybody around me for that matter..ROFL

I did not finish 100 percent of my prep, I decided a hundred trips was enough and I was clear to my untrained eye....Maybe they put that dulcolax in there for the people who cheat on the diet.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageHollyAnnS
Aug 15, 2011 6:24 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
I feel for you Ronnie. Hoping for good results. Somehow I haven't had one yet, so I have no experience but I do hear that the prep for the procedure is the hard part.
Life is Great! Holly
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