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@kaydee50 wrote:

After all these years one would think that they would have figured out a better way to cleanse the colon.  The prep is definitely the worst part of the procedure.  


ITA, we can pray for a better way !!!

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@Shelbelle wrote:

@kaydee50 wrote:

After all these years one would think that they would have figured out a better way to cleanse the colon.  The prep is definitely the worst part of the procedure.  


ITA, we can pray for a better way !!!


@Shelbelle @kaydee50 ITA too!  I've been saying this for years, there has to be a better way.  They can send a man to the moon...  smh

 

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I remember that gallon of Golytely from when I had abdominal surgery years ago. It was disgusting and I couldn't get the whole gallon down.  One witch of a nurse said she'd tell the doctor and he'd cancel the surgery.  I told her get out of my face and do what you gotta do.  The doctor came in, saw that I drank a little more than half and asked if what was coming out was watery. It was.  He laughed and said "good enough, see you in surgery".  The witch was not happy.

 

Fast forward 30 years to today.  My prep is not that gallon jug.  It's two 6 ounce bottles of liquid bowel prep.  There is a mixing cup.  In the evening, I mix one bottle with 16 ounces of cool water and drink that.  10 to 12 hours later, I do the same with the second bottle.  So much better and easier that that awful gallon of Golytely.  Hubby says this is what they use for bowel prep in the hospital he works in.

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@Pink123 wrote:

I've had quite a few myself and last in January and I mentioned here it's best to stop eating any fiber about 3 to 4 days before.

This makes the clean out so much easier.

 

By day 4 you are not hungry anymore anymore as your stomach has shrunk.  I'm surprised they never take body weight or stature into consideration.  I'm tall and thin. I have never could or would finish a gallon of the prep.  I drink half and have always been clean on test day.

Why because there is not much food in my system to begin with.  It's a breeze.

 

My advice?  Please slow down the food 3 or 4 days ahead.  Consume no fiber.  I eat white bread, mashed potatoes, white pasta with butter, etc.  It's simple.  I also eat sugar cookies, pound cake and ice cream.

 

Good luck on your procedure.

 

 

Hi there @Pink123 

 

Glad you found a way that works for you. In 2008, I was an In-patient for over a month. It was because of a Colon Bleed they could not find. 

 

During that time, I consumed only Apple Juice and Orange Jello. That was over a period of 17 days, and having a Colonoscopy every third day. 

 

In between, I was getting blood transfusions and Iron Infusions. That was necessary to get my Hemoglobin number high enough to be able to do the next Colonoscopy, 3 days worked.

 

My Gastro Doctor will not do any Colonoscopy unless her patient drinks the gallon of Go/NuLytely.

 

She told me she had patients that said things similar to what you've said, and when they got into the Colon, she could not complete it. Thus, she had to stop, and the patient had to reschedule another Colonoscopy. 

 

The hardest part for me then was smelling the coffee on the food cart in the morning. Couldn't even drink black coffee, which is how I always drink it. Eating or food, no problem, but that coffee smell! 

 

That, along with my 5 Double Balloon Enteroscopies, is how my total of 21 gallons came about. The few Colonoscopies I had as an Outpatient, I went on only liquids for 3 days prior to drinking my gallon. That worked fine for me.

 

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@kaydee50 wrote:

After all these years one would think that they would have figured out a better way to cleanse the colon.  The prep is definitely the worst part of the procedure.  


 

@kaydee50 

 

Yeah, you'd think someone would be working on improving the "prep" phase.  Maybe when you start the prep, that's when the anesthesia starts?  lol  Woman Frustrated

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@hckynutjohn 

 

Maybe I shouldn't name names, but, speaking of horrible .... do you remember the famous actor whose autopsy revealed he had about 40 POUNDS of impacted fecal matter in his stomach?   Yikes!   Bet he never had a colonoscopy!  

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@Helen852 wrote:

Not sure how true this is but if they find anything on the Cologard test if the doctor orders a colonoscopy your insurance company may not cover it.  


 

 

Not anymore. The government changed that so a colonsocopy is now covered after positive Cologuard.

 

https://www.cologuard.com/insurance#:~:text=Millions%20of%20patients%20have%20access%20to%20colonosc....

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Thanks to food allergies, I can handle colon prep like a champ, and so far have never had a problem drinking a lot of liquids.  I always go with strong, sweet tea, white grape juice, broth, liquid and solid jello, ginger ale and Coke.  I love me some lukewarm jello!

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When l had insurance through work we had a 2000 dollar deductible . All preventive tests were covered 100% , no deductible . l had a colonoscopy because of persistent diarrhea . lt turned out to be diagnosed as microscopic colitis . The insurance wouldn't pay for the colonoscopy because disease was found , so it cost me a lot . That didn't make any sense to me . 

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When I went to my gastro doc in 2005 for a consultation for my firsr screening, first thing I said to him was, if you tell me I have to drink a gallon of anything I am outta here, he laughed and said, you wont have to do that, my Mom had to do that 30 years ago and said it was the worst day ofher life, and I feared having to do that myself. I have taken all pills for my 2 screenings .