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#1 Rubes

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 10:05 PM

I'm on the schedule for tomorrow, my first. That means I'm prepping right now. And let me tell you, I am in a world of hurt as we speak. I've had so much of that !@#$ing prep solution that I could puke it up right this second, all over my laptop, and I probably wouldn't care.

I don't even know how many ounces are in that god damn bottle. I've had at least six glasses of it, although that's a guess since I'm so nauseated and delirious right now I have no idea. And there are still probably three more glasses left, but there is no !@#$ing way I'm having one ounce more of that sh--. It'll have to do.

And I don't even want to start on how !@#$ing raw my ass is right now.

I can't recall how many times over the years I've had patients who needed a scope, and had to put them through this ordeal. I had no idea just how bad it was. I knew it was pretty bad, but I suspect it's something like having a child -- everyone can tell you what it's like but you'll never really know until your number is called.

It makes me wonder if the whole prep process is just to make the scope procedure itself seem like a !@#$ing cakewalk.

I hereby formally apologize to anyone who I made go through this. And if any of you have a doctor who makes you do this, refuse to do it unless (or until) he or she has gone through it themselves.

!@#$ I hate this sh--.

#2 The Tomcat

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 10:12 PM

I'm a free lance gynecologist!  :flirt: :( :unsure:  


Not relevant but thought it might make you laugh (just not too hard, you don't want to squirt anything!)

#3 PastaJoe

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 10:22 PM

I've had a couple done, the last just a month ago.  Yes, the prep is the worst.  I was gagging on the drink and couldn't down all of it.  Just when you think you're done, the intestines start bubbling again.  But by the time you go for the procedure, you'll feel better.  They give you a mild sedative to make you a bit drowsy, and you just feel a slight pressure but not any pain when they put the scope in.  I actually fell asleep for a bit, so it didn't seem long at all.  But be prepared to have more frequent bowel movements for the next couple of weeks afterwards.  Not like the runs, it just seems like everything goes through your system faster.

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 10:32 PM

I'll agree with the prep being the worst part.  And, I didn't have to drink the big jug.  Just a small bottle of fleet and I think a bottle of magnesium citrate, and some pills.

I was knocked out for the entire procedure, and the stuff they give you to relax you is wonderful.  I had an early morning procedure, and slept very little the night before...so the stuff knocked me out.  I didn't feel anything during the procedure.  The nurse's in the office were beautiful women, too.  So it was an OK experience.

Now, in the late 80's I had a flexible sigmoidoscopy.  That was a pretty bad procedure, as they didn't put me out, or relax me, at all.

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 11:50 PM

I've had one. The prep stuff is awful but it's kind of cool to see that nothing crap colored is coming out of you anymore. People pay good money to have a tube shoved up their anus in order to "Supposedly Clear" out a 15 year old chocolate bar when in fact a jug of this crap will do the job for a lot less.

When I worked in a pharmacy I always wondered why it was called Golytely when it made you go heavily. They'll pop you full of Midazolam so you'd better have a driver because you won't be able to drive home by yourself. The Midazolam, as I'm sure you  know, will leave you semi-awake but you won't remember much. I just remember a quick glimpse inside me.

Hey at least you kinda know what prisoners feel like.  :(

Good luck. If you don't like your doctor tell him to shove it up his ass!  :unsure:

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 12:08 AM

View PostThe Dean, on Apr 19 2009, 11:32 PM, said:

Now, in the late 80's I had a flexible sigmoidoscopy.  That was a pretty bad procedure, as they didn't put me out, or relax me, at all.

You sure you're not confusing that with the time you spent with your HS teacher who had you over to watch porn?  :(

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 12:11 AM

I've assisted with a couple of these at the bedside....usually by the time I twilight them with 75mg of Demerol and 2mg Versed, they are feeling pretty good.

I usually have my pts drink the GoLytely on ice...that seems to help it go down a bit more easily. It's refreshing to see a doc being enlightened to what the pts go through now that the shoe is on the other foot, lol. Not all docs would admit that.

#8 Steely Dan

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 12:19 AM

View Postajzepp, on Apr 20 2009, 01:08 AM, said:

You sure you're not confusing that with the time you spent with your HS teacher who had you over to watch porn?  :unsure:

:(

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 12:32 AM

I've had rectal surgery to fix two holes in my rectum and I expect the pain to be similar with same pretreatment.  Worst pain I was ever in other than knee surgery and that was transitory once doctor realized he needed to pump up the volume.

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 12:46 AM

View Postajzepp, on Apr 19 2009, 09:08 PM, said:

You sure you're not confusing that with the time you spent with your HS teacher who had you over to watch porn?  0:)
:(  :unsure:
Aside from that remark :flirt: it amazes me what people will disclose to perfect strangers on the Internet.

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 07:06 AM

I've had a flexible sigmoidoscopy, same great fun but you get to be awake!

I'll take a colonoscopy any day of the week over that.

Edit: Just saw that Dean had one too. My condolences.

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 08:50 AM

Had one done 5 years ago . Will be doing it one more time this fall . :( I did wake up during it and saw them grab 2 small ones and burn one off with a loop wire . You will sleep good tonight when you get home .
Your Butt will feel like you where done by  500 horny butt f#@%ers .

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 09:36 AM

The prep was the worst part of it.  I was out cold, so there really wasn't any discomfort from the procedure itself.

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 09:38 AM

View Postmead107, on Apr 20 2009, 09:50 AM, said:

Had one done 5 years ago . Will be doing it one more time this fall . :unsure: I did wake up during it and saw them grab 2 small ones and burn one off with a loop wire . You will sleep good tonight when you get home .
Your Butt will feel like you where done by  500 horny butt f#@%ers .

And you know that how?

:(

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 09:48 AM

View Postmead107, on Apr 20 2009, 09:50 AM, said:

Had one done 5 years ago . Will be doing it one more time this fall . :( I did wake up during it and saw them grab 2 small ones and burn one off with a loop wire . You will sleep good tonight when you get home .
Your Butt will feel like you where done by  500 horny butt f#@%ers .


I'm guessing your pain, later on, was due to the hemorrhoid removal, and not the colonoscopy.

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 10:15 AM

Mooooooon River

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 10:29 AM

Rubes,

Hope you are home and and all is well. Mine was no worries outside the prep. I had mine at 8 in the AM, and was on the phone doing a couple of calls that afternoon. Course my client said i sounded all liquored up, but I felt good enough to at least make the calls

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 10:34 AM

My 1st one...

12:30 PM - 16 oz. Gatorade.
1:00 PM - 1 1/2 ounce Fleet Phosphosoda in 8 oz. 7-Up with ice.
2:00 PM - 1st bowel movement.
2:10 PM - 2nd (I omit the descriptives).
3:05 PM - 3rd.
4:20 PM - 4th.
5:30 PM - 5th.
6:10 PM - 6th. Clarity.  
6:15 PM - 2nd dose of Phosphosoda.
7:00 PM - 7th.
7:25 PM - 8th.
7:40 PM - 9th.
8:13 PM - 10th.
8:35 PM - 11th
9:20 PM - 4 ducolax tablets + 16 oz. Gatorade.
10:05 PM - 12th.
10:40 PM - 13th.

The next day.

3:00 AM - 14th.
3:10 AM - 15th.
6:50 AM - 16th.
7:05 AM - 17th.

Then I went to the hospital for the procedure. Mizadolam/fentanyl IV drip hooked up to my toe. I was told that I woke up during the procedure - redundant colon section (not uncommon) had them batting me about to route the probe through to the terminal ileum. I recalled nothing about the procedure. Fentanyl rocks.  They suggest that a general anesthetic might be better (Diprivan), but there are problems there (possible side effect: death).

I was given apple juice when I resurfaced.  I don't remember my dear wife getting the car, and have vague recollection of her  seating me at a local breakfast joint for a plate of soft...soothing...pancakes.

Subsequent ones:  The 3-dollar bottle of Fleet Phosphosoda was replaced with an Rx (OsmoPrep...60 bucks.  :( ), and a different liquid regimen.

Fleet got sued for what in IMO was consumer error. Hence my man prescribing the high-price way.

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 10:35 AM

It took 6 months before my butt felt normal . Doc must have used a fire hose to open it up .

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 10:36 AM

I consider the past 10 years of Bills football to be one, long colonoscopy.