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post #31 of 50
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I'm amazed they didn't give him his instructions yet. He will not be able to eat anything solid after Midnight Saturday. Sunday will be clear liquids only. They should have provided you with a list of things that are "acceptable".
That's coming this week Karen......
post #32 of 50
That's a little silly. I hope it comes soon. You shouldn't have to run out the day before to buy stuff.
post #33 of 50
I agree its the prep part thats worse then the actual scope. I have one yearly I have for the past 20 years! usually its not solids for the 24 hours before the scope clear liquids only. No dairy and the liquids can not be red or grape colored either.The dye in these colors may stain the inside of the bowel causing it to appear inflammed when its really not.
Just tell him to plan on not leaving the house after he has drank the laxitive. Yuck for me thats the worse part its salty and gags me every time When it hits it will hit! I always eat alot of popsicles..
During the actual scope they usually make sure your asleep or well sedated. Some I was awake and watched it on the moniter.
Hes lucky hes having this kind years ago the old type was horrid!
post #34 of 50
We just had someone at work that just had this - the prep was worse than the procedure! As to not giving him the info too far in advance - maybe they didn't want to scare him off! LOL. We'll be thinking about him - hope everything goes well!
post #35 of 50
DH is supposed to have one yet this yr as he turned 50 in Jan.-hasn't made appt-I know he isn't going to like the prep after reading this!!!
About 20 yrs ago I had to do the barium thing as I was diagonsed w/stomach ulcer. The barium was bad enough but the laxative afterwords was worse-I'm glad I drove fast from the hospital just in time to spend the afternoon in the bathroom. (must have tv and reading material in bathroom for DH!!!)
post #36 of 50
Oh, Susie...that is pretty scary. I've never had one before, but have heard that it's not a picnic. I will keep Jerry in my thoughts & prayers.....
post #37 of 50
I agree with the statement on gas- wow- you have gas in places you don't even know you can have gas. It's really weird! It can even travel around!

I did think the prep was worse. The phosphasoda stuff was horrible tasting, it reminded me of bile. I tried drinking it in gaterade, but it just ruined the taste of it. Just make sure it's really, really cold, and if it's ok iced. It goes down easier when it's ice cold. The problem I had was that it grossed me out so much flavor wise that I kept throwing it back up. My mom hated the taste, but she didn't have the same reaction to it. She was able to drink it down quickly and not get sick.

I don't remember much of anything from the scope itself. They had me under twilight sedation.

What I thought was worse was the lower GI, because they pump you full of barium, and guess what's white for the next few days!
post #38 of 50
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Have any of you ever been scoped down the throat, an endoscopy I think? Do they put you in the twilight zone for that too?
post #39 of 50
I had both done and it was not plesant. The endescope they make you drink a substance that makes your throat go numb so the scope will go down easier. I was put compleetly out for my first colonoscopy/endiscopy. The second one I was given drugs to put me out but they didn't work so I was awake for the entire thing. I don't recomend being away for any part of it. It is painful and I never needed to know what my bowls look like, it was a little more information than I ever thought I needed.
post #40 of 50
I had the endoscopy done too. That was no big deal. I had to prep for it, again that was the worse, but the procedure itself was a piece of cake. I had an xray tech holding my hand chanting "swallow swallow!!" while they stuff the tube down my nose and I swallowed it. It was really pretty cool to watch my insides on the moniter. It didn't hurt at all, but my throat was a little scratchy afterwards. It really wasn't awful at all. I didnt' get any kind of sedation for any of these GI tests, except for the Colonoscopy.

I also had a sigmoidoscopy and upper and lower GI's done.

They thought I had Crohn's disease, which is why I had all this stuff done.
post #41 of 50
Not Advice, my friend... I donĀ“t have experience about it...

BUT many good wishes to him and my prayers too!

Keep us up-dated about it my friend!
post #42 of 50
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Have any of you ever been scoped down the throat, an endoscopy I think? Do they put you in the twilight zone for that too?
I had everything done at the same time. The upper endoscopy will make his throat a bit sore afterwards, but nothing too major. I had a Bravo PH monitor attached to my esophagus right after the scop was preformed...that bothered me the most, I could feel it everytime i swallowed or ate anything...It falls off after a week (you wear a tiny monitor on the side of your pants like a beeper and it records the PH levels in your esophogus...mine were off the charts)They will knock him out cold for an upper endoscopy- if he has to have both a colonoscopy & upper scope- please,please, please for his own sanity (and the amount of starvation time ) Make him have them done at the same time and just get it over with. It's much easier that way After both procedures- he can eat as normal. Like i said in a previous post though- he will need someone to drive him home afterwards- he will be too dopped up to drive. Also- make sure he insists on them giving him the pill laxatives instead of the liquids- they are a lot less trouble and work just as well. The only thing that will bother him is the prep- he should be just fine after the procedures are preformed. I promise....i'm only 21 & have had all of those tests- if i can do it, so can you hubby . Also, they will give him the option of being awake during the procedure- i don't recommend it, if i were him, i'd ask to be completely sedated. Good luck!
post #43 of 50
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Have any of you ever been scoped down the throat, an endoscopy I think? Do they put you in the twilight zone for that too?
Yeah, I was out. They did it right after the colonoscopy (hahaha, just a thought...I sure hope they used a different camera )
post #44 of 50
Hummm...kinda makes me glad i was sounds asleep for that....that's mildly disghusting lol-gross!
post #45 of 50
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Hummm...kinda makes me glad i was sounds asleep for that....that's mildly disghusting lol-gross!



Well, Jerry has to be at the hospital at 11 tomorrow.......he starts drinking all this stuff today at 3........ugh. And no food........double ugh!
post #46 of 50
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Well, Jerry has to be at the hospital at 11 tomorrow.......he starts drinking all this stuff today at 3........ugh. And no food........double ugh!
Wish him good luck! Also, do you have an electric blanket or something for him to use tonight? He's going to be ice cold after drinking all that stuff. When my dad had his done he felt like a glacier!
post #47 of 50
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Wish him good luck! Also, do you have an electric blanket or something for him to use tonight? He's going to be ice cold after drinking all that stuff. When my dad had his done he felt like a glacier!
post #48 of 50
I hope everything goes well tomorrow, Susie! We'll all be thinking of you and Jerry!
post #49 of 50
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I hope everything goes well tomorrow, Susie! We'll all be thinking of you and Jerry!
Aww thanks Colleen! He's almost done drinking his "laxative" BOY, was that jug big!!
post #50 of 50
Ugh! Poor guy!
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