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Thu Mar 5, 2020, 09:32 PM

The colonoscopy is over!

No problems with the vile tasting prep. The last time they had me take the entire gallon of stuff as fast as I could drink it. This time the instructions were to drink half last evening and the rest early this morning.

I dealt with it by adding only half of the water to mix the concoction, then as it chilled I mixed a flavor stuff that also included electrolytes and I froze that into ice cubes. For each one cup of the stuff, and a cup half of flavored flavored ice cubes and half plain ice cubes. Dumped the whole mess and made a nasty slushie. Froze my taste buds and I almost tasted nothing.

They found a few small polyps and I guess the lab results will get back to me in a week or so. Yay! Survived this round!

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csziggy Mar 5 OP
Dagstead Bumwood Mar 5 #1
csziggy Mar 5 #3
Dagstead Bumwood Mar 5 #5
csziggy Mar 5 #7
NRaleighLiberal Mar 5 #2
csziggy Mar 5 #4
NRaleighLiberal Mar 5 #8
csziggy Mar 5 #11
we can do it Mar 5 #6
csziggy Mar 5 #9
we can do it Mar 5 #10
Laffy Kat Mar 5 #12
csziggy Mar 5 #13
onethatcares Mar 7 #14
csziggy Mar 7 #15

Response to csziggy (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 09:35 PM

1. Congrats on completing it.

The time right after a colonoscopy is the best time because you're at the farthest point from the next colonoscopy!

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Response to Dagstead Bumwood (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 09:40 PM

3. Unless the polyps turn out cancerous I don't plan to do this again - ever

But time will tell...

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Response to csziggy (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 09:45 PM

5. I was told I was ok

but they saw some cells or something that can turn into something in some instances. So, rather than having a 10 year window between procedures as they had told me beforehand would be the case, I was informed that I would have to come back in three. Oh well.

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Response to Dagstead Bumwood (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 09:59 PM

7. Yes, my first one was six years ago

But apparently the prep wasn't sufficient and they couldn't see everything clearly.

I found a diet from the Kaiser Permente to get ready for this prep (https://wa.kaiserpermanente.org/html/public/specialties/gastroenterology/colon-diet). Mostly starting five days before the noxious prep stuff, you leave out everything with fiber - hard for me since I eat a high fiber diet - and take Miralax every single day. The follow the clear liquid diet the day of and take the prep stuff. That sure made it easier!

I highly recommend this way of doing it.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 09:40 PM

2. Enjoy the next Five years...it will then be time to do it again!

I am two years from that particular joy, myself.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 09:41 PM

4. I've been told every ten years unless there is a risk of problems

So long as this one's clear on the results, I may refuse to do it again.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 10:13 PM

8. I've got family history, so am on the 5 year plan.

oh well. good for you!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 10:43 PM

11. Yeah, with a family history, not a bad idea

I'm very lucky to have no family history but they still wanted me to get checked after six years. I'll see what they recommend after this one.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 09:56 PM

6. I'm up next week!

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Response to we can do it (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 10:16 PM

9. I found two things that made the prep easier

One follow the low fiber diet here: https://wa.kaiserpermanente.org/html/public/specialties/gastroenterology/colon-diet

Follow the clear diet the day before. To make the prep stuff less disgusting, I made flavored ice cubes from a lemon-lime mix intended to add to bottled water. I put half the water they recommended in with the prescribed mix (two quarts instead of an entire gallon). Chill the mix well.

Put 1 cup of the mix and a cup of flavored and plain ice cubes into a blender and blend it like a smoothie. Drink with a straw to get it to the back of your mouth. It froze my taste buds and I pretty much didn't taste most of it. I did drink lots of chilled water with it since you really need water to keep hydrated and not screw up your electrolytes.

Ask about a split prep - half the afternoon before and half early the morning of. I certainly got more sleep that way.

Good Luck!

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Response to csziggy (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 10:18 PM

10. Thank you!

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 11:22 PM

12. I'll have to try that.

I have to have a repeat soon. HATE that vile stuff and I have to drink twice as much because I have a redundant colon, which is exactly what it sounds like.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #12)

Thu Mar 5, 2020, 11:27 PM

13. Oh, god, that sounds awful

A gallon is bad enough - two would be beyond my capability.

Someplace a person talked about blending it until it was foamy, but since I've been making diet smoothies, I decided to try this method - and it worked. It's still vile, but this morning when I had limited time to do the second half, I got down two doses in twenty minutes.

The only side effect is because I am sensitive to cold - I'd get cold enough to start seriously shivering. Then I would heat up some chicken broth or a cup of tea, have it then start again.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 06:43 PM

14. just had my first and wondered

why the container that was supposed to be 1 gallon of prep fluid was way larger than any one gallon milk jug I ever saw?

Jeez!!!

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Response to onethatcares (Reply #14)

Sat Mar 7, 2020, 06:48 PM

15. I think so you can shake it up thoroughly

I only put in half a gallon of water. Then while it was chilling, I made flavored ice cubes (lemon-lime) and froze them. I'd measure out a dose, put that with some flavored and some plain ice cubes in the blender and blend the mess up. Using a straw I got the worst case of brain freeze, but I couldn't taste any of it and got it down.

It dissolved fine in half a gallon - I think the rest of the water is to make sure you get enough water in your system. Between my ice cubes and the plain water I drank, I had plenty of water in my system.

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