Getting ready for his close up.

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Yes boys and girls, it’s that time again. Time to pucker up ( so to speak ) and smile for the camera.

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The husband has a butt cam appointment in his immediate future and we just received the 12 page instruction booklet from the hospital. Remember back in the day you just picked up some awful powder from the pharmacist, mixed it with liquid and spent the entire day on the throne praying for death? Well, things have gotten a bit more complicated now.

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The list of things you can’t eat a week before the prep is enormous, as is the amount of fluid they want you to push.

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And because my husband has the annoying habit of always making appointments first thing in the morning, he will have to rise at 3:30am to drink the final 32 ounces of laxative.

Good times.

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33 thoughts on “Getting ready for his close up.”

  1. Having had ulcerative colitis, I have had literally hundreds of colonoscopies over the last 40 years. Even after they removed my entire colon 30 years ago, they still like to do them at least once a year to make sure the ileum is not infected. I have never been given a list of instructions like that, and would probably ignore most of them. Clear liquids for two days is all they really need. The rest of that is just toture. And unless emergencies, all my colonoscopies were scheduled before 10 AM, none of this 4 hr. before arrival time nonsense. Wear adult diapers (Tena are the best brand in Canada, no idea about the States) for the trip, if not for the whole 2 days prior, and for the trip home. I alwxys double them up just in case, and take extras in a backpack.
    If possible, don’t let them sedate you. Watching the camera run around inside your bowrls is fun and interesting!

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      1. Sounds like he has a good doctor. I never even had any of the relaxers, if I had a caring doctor. Some doctors forced me to get sedated. Them I think were not so gentle.
        In three days I will be going for a sinogram, my very first one. I have a fistula just outside of my anus, it’s like a cave into my skin resulting from torn stiches after my colonectomy. This one isn’t a scope, just filling the fistula with radioactive liquid to see how deep the fistula goes. Seeing as it is over 20 years old I figure it goes a long way. It certainly causes a lot of pain and blood loss.

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  2. I just had one a few weeks ago. VA doesn’t muck about (Hehe). They sent me the prep kit with the powder in the jug, mix it up and go. It tasted like salt and baking soda. My Red Green book came along just in time for a long, relaxing time in the bathroom.
    Living in a house with only one bathroom can be a logistical headache, to say the least, so Cathy would provide me with an estimated time of completion if she had to go. Bad as voiding my bowels was, the part I really didn’t like was the time when I couldn’t drink anything.
    Anesthesia? Yes please. There’s nothing happening that I need to be aware of in the moment, and the whole thing is over in a second, still too long for me.
    Whatever happens, hope and pray that the words “Barium Enema” don’t come up. The prep is just as bad and the procedure is a lot worse.

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      1. And Gas-x? Really? I wouldn’t think there would be anything in there to turn into gas after an hour or two, which puts me in mind of the one and only part of the procedure that’s even a little bit fun: After it’s over and you’re in recovery, you have to lose that gut full of air, so you can fart like a champion Sumo wrestler packin’ a belly full of edamame surprise and, if it’s good enough, people will be impressed. Gotta keep looking for that silver lining.

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  3. At my age I refuse to take a colonoscopy–3 doctors have told me I would die from something else even if they found signs of cancer today! Now that’s my doctors–they make a lot of money from me (well, my insurance) so I am sure they would have me take it if it kept me alive a day or two more!!

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  4. Did you have to go and get a college degree before reading/preparing for all of that? Goodness.
    I had my first one four years ago and I’m glad to have it BEHIND me. For now.
    Good luck to your honey! (and you)

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