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Old 08-27-2019, 09:26 AM
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AP, probably one of the worst moments of my whole married life: My husband straining on the toilet, hands me a solo cup full of feces. I take the little wand, dig some up, and smear it on the card. Then get rid of the cup. I kept gagging and he heard it, felt awful.

Even the bedpan was easier than that. After his last procedure they said he was good for 10 years so we are taking that to heart.

That was truly an awful experience for me.

I don't know why you were playing with poo, because this kit you poo in the pot and mail it in.. no mess, no fuss.
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Old 08-27-2019, 10:05 AM
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I never understood the mindset of a doctor who decided to "go down that pathway" as a career choice.

Other than that, there are two types of prep. One is worse than the other so get the better one. I think RR's advice above covers that.

I swear the last doctor tried to blow me up like a hot air balloon because afterwards was worse. Unfortunately, I've had enough of these to qualify me to give yelp reviews.
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Old 08-27-2019, 11:41 AM
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I fast the day before I start and only use about half of the drink, as soon as I see clear yellow liquid in the bowl I also stop
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Old 08-27-2019, 11:53 AM
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AP, probably one of the worst moments of my whole married life: My husband straining on the toilet, hands me a solo cup full of feces. I take the little wand, dig some up, and smear it on the card. Then get rid of the cup. I kept gagging and he heard it, felt awful.

Even the bedpan was easier than that. After his last procedure they said he was good for 10 years so we are taking that to heart.

That was truly an awful experience for me.
You painted that image so well I could almost see it!
That, friends, is what you call true love
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Old 12-14-2019, 03:39 PM
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What goes around comes around. I have one scheduled for next week. All the bad jokes from work are coming back. the one of the doctor saying hello and waiting for the echo is now haunting me.
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Old 12-14-2019, 03:47 PM
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I just had mine, there were enough polyps they want another in a few months to finish.
Prep wasn't so bad, make sure to chill drink and have diet plan.
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Old 12-14-2019, 06:33 PM
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Make sure you follow the instructions. Some of the preps specifically say NOT to refrigerate. The Clenpiq I use is like that. It's a small bottle. I can't handle a bunch of flavored stuff. Then over the next like 3 hours you have to drink at least 40oz of water. Second prep is another bottle followed by I think minimum 24oz of water.

I usually stop eating about 6pm the day before the prep. No solid foods the day of the prep. I only drink water during prep day. I'd rather not mess with broth or jello or anything, but that's just my personal preference. 5pm I start prep. Don't even bother starting with TP. Just go straight to baby wipes. Don't trust a fart. 5am I start the second round of prep and nothing by mouth at all after like 8am. I usually get to eat again by like 100 130. I'm kind of a pro at this anymore. Prep part is the hard part unless you're like me and scared to death of needles. You get used to not eating.

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Anyone have issuses with the procedure? I know a bunch of people that were perferated from procedure and one died because of it and others were months in hospital.
Never had any issues myself. Know a few people who have also had no problems.
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Old 12-14-2019, 07:01 PM
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Seems to me that starting a liquid diet a couple of days prior to prepping could make it a bit easier. I had a partial years ago while they still used a rigid probe and said never again.
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Old 12-14-2019, 07:14 PM
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No more sleep, they use twilight sedation now.
Oh BTW, if you are getting both the colonoscopy and endoscopy make sure they don't use the same scope or do the endoscopy first.
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I remember reading one of my husband's reports "The probe was introduced"

I thought that was the funniest thing ever when I got home and read that.
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Old 12-14-2019, 07:23 PM
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No more sleep, they use twilight sedation now.
Oh BTW, if you are getting both the colonoscopy and endoscopy make sure they don't use the same scope or do the endoscopy first.
Can you drive home or is a designated driver required?

As for same scope, that's what the baby wipes are for.
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Old 12-14-2019, 08:05 PM
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Can you drive home or is a designated driver required?

As for same scope, that's what the baby wipes are for.
Made me bring a driver and they had to sign in with me to prove they were there. And Uber don't count they said.
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Old 12-14-2019, 08:08 PM
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Since you're sedated and they try to get you out as soon as possible you do need a driver. The paperwork wanted someone to stay for the whole procedure but the hospital said they'd call when patient was ready for pick up.
A problem came up a year or so ago with the scope. It can't be autoclaved so only cold sterilization using chemicals. This is apparently difficult and infections were a problem.
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My doc says he gets a lot more repeat business since he started putting patients to sleep.
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Mine said I was a perfect a hole... told him to bet shirts printed up and give them out
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Old 12-14-2019, 10:40 PM
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That cinches it for me, I don't have a driver.

When I had hernia surgery my son took off work. I thought I would be out quickly but they gave me too much anesthesia and instead of being out by noon it was 8:00 PM before I could urinate.
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Old 12-14-2019, 11:34 PM
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Don't put this off even if you have no driver. Talk to them and maybe they can arrange some transport. I know our hospital has a lot of volunteers.
My procedure had so many pre cancerous polyps they had to schedule a second time thru. You want to take care of this as soon as possible after a certain age and family history. I had no warning symptoms.
This reminds me of how older people are often alone and more vulnerable in disasters. See how many in katrina were elderly. I was just reading about the camp fire in paradise, CA and how many death victims were elderly.
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Old 12-15-2019, 12:11 AM
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My grandmother died of colon cancer. At 52 I had my first colonoscopy, came back clear. They told me schedule next apt for 5 years from then. At my physical at 57 y.o., doctor says they can do the poo test now thru the mail and gave me the kit. Driving my 50 y.o. wife in for her first colonoscopy next week.
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Old 12-15-2019, 06:01 AM
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Here everyone gets an invite at 55, this coincided with my retirement. I have never been a health nut, just didn't smoke and watched my weight, I could go a decade without visiting the doctors. Drank the stuff ( movicol?) and nothing happened for about 2 hours but blimey, when it started I knew about it. The found a polyp which required a second visit for an operation, not the nicest of things but I am well pleased I went.

I encourage all my mates to go but hardly any of them do.
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