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    Old 11-02-2004, 09:58 AM   #1
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    Question colonoscopy prep question

    Hello I just have a few questions, I moved my post over here hoping someone would have any ideas.... Thanks for reading.

    First a little about me...
    I am having my first colonoscopy on the 11th. The Doctor said he thinks I have IBD w/ UC & also some sort of growth. Doc said he would know more when he see's inside. I am very worried about all this. I am trying not to think bad right now, just going day to day till I know what is going on. But as you all know it is very hard not to worry. I am 37 and have had blood for 4 years, with alot of other symtoms. I have not gone in sooner because the last doctor told me that he wanted to do a flex while being awake and I was to scared. So I never said anything else to the doctor. I know that was dumb, but when your scared you will do stupid stuff. Well I have a new doctor and he made me feel comfortable about the whole thing and said that I will not feel a thing. Seeing more blood more often and the symtoms getting worse has scared me enough that I am going to get this done. I just hope I am not to late.

    Now to my question:
    The doctor has me doing the Fleet Phospho-Soda Prep.

    What is the best thing to use to mix with the Fleet?

    Is it better cold?

    Anything that would help get through this that you can tell me would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance..
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    Old 11-02-2004, 01:45 PM   #2
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    Re: colonoscopy prep question

    Hi,

    First of all I'm not going to tell you not to worry because you're going to anyway. I know because I was the same way about 11 yrs ago. I was 38 yrs old and I was going to a Hematologist because I was anemic. No matter what medications I took for the anemia my blood count would either stay the same or it would drop lower. The doctor insisted that I needed to go to a GI doctor to have a colonoscopy done but when he explained the test to me I knew I didn't want it done so I kept putting it off. I figured I knew more than him because I was anemic all my life.

    Later that year this doctor suddenly retired and I had to find another one so I started going to the Hematolgist who was treating my mother for Breast Cancer. As soon as he saw my blood levels he insisted I go see the GI doctor because he thought I had Colon Cancer. That was all I had to hear. I was happy when he called this doctor and got me an appointment right away.

    It turned out to be the best thing that could've happened to me. This GI doctor was and still is the sweetest doctor I've ever been to in my life. After doing a few tests it was determined that I needed a colonoscopy. The prep was the worst part. I had to drink almost a gallon of this stuff called Go-Lytley. It tasted like seaweed. I was nervous about the colonoscopy though but the nurses and the doctor were great. I was sedated and never felt a thing. I had several polyps removed and only one was considered precancerous but since they got it in time I was lucky.

    That was in 1993. Once the polyps were removed my blood counts started to improve and I am no longer anemic. If I had continued to ignore the doctors and not had the colonoscopy done I would have had colon cancer. I've had many colonoscopies since then and the worst part is the prep. If you're using the Fleet Phosopho-Soda prep try mixing it with Crystal Light Lemonade. Do not mix it with anything you like to drink or it will ruin the taste for you forever. I mixed it with Sprite Soda and to this day I can no longer drink Sprite soda. The next time I mixed it with Orange juice because I don't like Orange juice. It worked and I was able to get it down with no problems and the colder the better.

    I'm glad this doctor you went to made you feel comfortable and you are going to have the colonoscopy done. Having the right doctor can sometimes mean the difference in a diagnosis. I don't think you were too late though because after reviewing all my old blood tests from the dr that retired it was determined that I was bleeding for over 5 yrs. I never saw any amount of blood though. Sometimes I would see a little but nothing to panic about.

    If you're still not convinced that you need a colonoscopy or if you think about changing your mind I will tell you the story of my older brother whose ending was not as happy as mine. As unpleasant as we all think a colonoscopy is it's really a lifesaver. If telling my brother's story would convince one person to get one then I'd be happy to tell it.

    Good Luck and let us know how you made out.
    Dianne

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    Old 11-02-2004, 03:33 PM   #3
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    Re: colonoscopy prep question

    I used ginger ale with the Fleet P-S. Pour the contents of the Fleet bottle into a glass and fill it the rest of the way up with ginger ale (let some of the fizz dissapate ) but no more than you can do in one long swig. It tastes absoluly terrible, no two ways about it and if you are anything like me you will never drink ginger ale as a beverage again. Make sure the ginger ale is cold, yes that makes it easier but the Phosha soda should only be room temp as it gets thicker if cold and will not mix as well.(I found anyway)

    Phospha soda is somewhat easier than the Golytly(the one gallon prep) in that you down one or two glasses of crap and that's it. On the other hand it tastes even worse than Golytly.

    After taking any prep do not attempt to go very far from the toilet, no really, I mean it. They redefine the term , "the runs"! Get a magazine too, you will have some time alone in the smallest room in your house.

    A caution about Phospha soda
    This prep is hard on the electrolyte balance. Make sure that you are drinking something other than just water before and after taking the prep. Sport drinks contain electrolytes in the right balance. I liked the Safeway store brand , orange flavoured, one and it is cheaper than Gatorade. Clear broth is good as well.

     
    Old 11-02-2004, 06:00 PM   #4
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    Re: colonoscopy prep question

    Thanks so very much for your input.
    I am not going to back out this time. I have to have it done, to much bleeding and sometimes very dark blood that I can not just think it is nothing anymore. Plus my Mother is coming from out of town to take me since my hubby is out of country. She will not let me back out.

    Did anyone have a pain about a couple inches from the belly button to the left or right when they found out they had cancer?

    The Doctor said I have so many symptoms that have him worried, great, not. But I am still doing well I am trying to keep busy. A big worry right now is my youngest who also is having surgery this coming Tues the 9th of Nov. I am worried about her alot, she is only 2 1/2 and is having surgery on both of her eyes. Then my butt thing is on the 11th. I am trying to make myself laugh about the whole thing with the butt, until I have it in paper what is wrong... Seems like when it rains it poors.... But I have faith and know all will be okay...

    Thanks again for reading and being here for me and all the others on this board. Your all in my eyes....

    Again thanks Blessings Chele'
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    Old 11-02-2004, 06:49 PM   #5
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    Re: colonoscopy prep question

    I have had both the Fleet phoso and go-lightly. The go-lightly (what a name) I had before surgery. I had never had a colonoscopy and was absolutely terrified of what would be found. During a surgery a malignant growth was discovered. Six weeks after surgery I had my first colonoscopy. When I made the appointment, I told them I could never drink go-lightly again. They gave me the Fleet phoso. If there is such a thing, it was better. I mixed it with ginger ale and ginger beer (which is nonalcoholic). The ginger beer has a stronger taste than ginger ale which helped to mask the taste. Yes, I can still drink ginger ale! The colonoscopy itself was nothing. I was awake and talking to the nurse the whole time. I know your fear. My thoughts are with you.

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    Old 11-03-2004, 09:32 AM   #6
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    Hi, my advise is to drink the fleet with cold cold water. When I tried to mix with gatoraid or 7 up I almost threw it up, the added tastes didn't help me. I mean even with the water it tasted like sea water but I thought it was easier to get down. Hold your nose and just keep drinking. The test was no problem as they put me to sleep and I woke up feeling refreshed and fantastic. I wish I could bottle the stuff they gave me.
    Good luck Im sure you will be fine.

     
    Old 11-03-2004, 04:57 PM   #7
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    Re: colonoscopy prep question

    Such great advice, I will be ready as best as I can for this.....
    When I know something I will check in with everyone.
    Thanks for everything.....

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    Old 11-05-2004, 10:51 AM   #8
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    Re: colonoscopy prep question

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    I am trying to make myself laugh about the whole thing with the butt...
    If it is of any comfort I often refer to my problem as "***( a word that cannot be printed here but has an alternate meaning of "donkey") cancer". Somehow it makes it funnier but that could be my juvenile sense of humour!

    BTW during colonoscopies I have either been right out or fully conscious. Depends on the surgeon. The times that I was awake I was feeling real good, about the same as you would feel after 4 to 6 beer. Frankly they could have said, "Sir we have to change your sex to female is that Ok?" and I might have said, "Sure go ahead!"". That is how relaxed one gets.(not that I have ever contemplated a sex change, even after 6 beer )

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    Old 11-06-2004, 04:57 PM   #9
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    Re: colonoscopy prep question

    i found the best way to drink te fleeets was very cold thru a straw fast so it dont touch the tongue and follow woth lemonade
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    Old 11-28-2004, 06:49 AM   #10
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    Re: colonoscopy prep question

    Hint for Colonoscopy prep.
    The morning before you start drinking the Nulightly or Golitely,
    take 3 Dulcolax tables with a full glass of water. Drink another glass of water 30 minutes later. Then a glass every hour for 4 hours.
    This will get you well on the way to being cleaned out. That evening you will only have to drink a half gallon of the prep instead of the full gallon.

     
    Old 11-28-2004, 08:02 AM   #11
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    Re: colonoscopy prep question

    what i did was drink a bottle of mag citrate the day before the golytely then on the day of the go lyghtly 2 more bottles of mag citrate then the ducloas that evening and never took the golyghtly was completely cleaned out good luck
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