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Well if Katie Couric can fess up in front of millions of viewers…<br><br>
So I’m having a colonoscopy this coming Wednesday. First time. My mom died of colon cancer back in 1978, so there’s a family history, and the Doc says it’s time.<br><br>
Got any good advice? Any good colonoscopy jokes? Suggested foods for my no seeds, nuts, corn, popcorn, fruit, raw vegetables, salads, peas, or beans diet for the next 5 days? How will this effect my training?<br><br>
Help me out peeps!
 

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My wife has Crohn's Disease and has had two or three colonoscopies. She was pretty scared the first time around, now it's just an unpleasant necessity. Actually, the "prep" is by far the worst part. Get yourself some baby wipes. At least, that's what I'm told.
 

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It's so tragic, I can't even joke about it.<br><br>
On the other hand, imagine what a joyous experience this must be for those guys in Brokeback Mountain!
 

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The prep is the worst part. Be prepared to spend considerable time on the throne. There is nothing to the procedure itself since it's performed while you're under anesthesia. You wil likely have a period of uncontrollable flatulence afterward, but as there is nothing in the colon there will likely only be noise and no odor.<br><br>
Other than the day ofthe prep and theday of the procedure you may not miss any training at all. However, your doctor can answer that question for your particular case.
 

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While your doc is probing around back there, ask him for a note you can give to your wife proving that your head is not really up your ass.
 

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My colonoscopy was a nightmare...but then again...it was an "emergency" situation...I wasn't supposed to have a full one at first...but after I started screaming bloody murder and traying to climb off the bed...they "mini anal probe" turned into a full colonoscopy after they knocked me out.<br><br>
Lucky for you...they'll sedate you nicely right away! My dad had one a month or so ago. he said it was "nice."
 

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I have had two. They give you so many drugs you have no idea it is happening. The most discomfort I felt was the prep which is terrible. A whole lot of drinking and sh!tting.<br><br>
Don't worry about it and enjoy the post 'oscopy meal which in my case was burger and fries. Hey I felt entitled after two days of starving. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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I picked my MIL and FIL up from their colonoscopies last year. MIL said it was the best sleep she's had in years. They said no big deal at all. Like others have said, the prep is the worst part. Stay at home, close to the toilet and you'll be fine. Good luck!!
 

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I've had a couple and like everyone says, the prep is the worst. That could impact training.<br><br>
Plus, ask for versed - it's the neatest drug. You're awake but memory lasts like 1s. So if you have to clear your mind before the put you down. Otherwise, you'll be like me and tell the Dr "Hey, I haven't had caffeine for 3 weeks..Hey, I haven't had caffeine for 3 weeks..Hey, I haven't had caffeine for 3 weeks..Hey, I haven't had caffeine for 3 weeks..Hey, I haven't had caffeine for 3 weeks..Hey, I haven't had caffeine for 3 weeks..Hey, I haven't had caffeine for 3 weeks..Hey, I haven't had caffeine for 3 weeks..Hey, I haven't had caffeine for 3 weeks..Hey, I haven't had caffeine for 3 weeks..Hey, I haven't had caffeine for 3 weeks..Hey, I haven't had caffeine for 3 weeks..did I mention Hey, I haven't had caffeine for 3 weeks.."? ROFL. Wife said it was a riot watching me coming out of it. I kept telling everyone Hey, I haven't had caffeine for 3 weeks.. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Anyway... also do not go to the store afterwards. Make DW go if there is anything. Because I took a limo home (cheaper than taxi) and while waiting I went and spent $40 at a newstand, $15 at McDonalds... and then slept the entire limo ride home. D'Oh!
 

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The procedure will be fine, Versed is a great drug. The prep is no fun, make sure you are located in very close proximity to the bathroom. I would suggest Fleets phospho-soda as the prep if you have a choice. It is probably the least offensive of the options. Good luck.
 

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My DH has ulcerative colitis, so he has these once a year (for over 10 years now). As everyone has said, the prep is the worst part. Ask for the pills instead of the gallon of stuff to drink!!! It is nasty, even with the flavoring. The pills are really big, but you just swallow them with a whole lot of water (like mixing it up inside of you instead of mixing it before and drinking it). DH couldn't believe he didn't get the pills earlier (maybe they didn't have them). My DH has always had an issue with the anesthetic (he is hard to sedate), but after about 7 years with the same doctor having this done at the same place every year, they finally figured out how to get it right. He would take hours to wake up afterward when other patients were walking out 30 min. after their procedure.<br><br>
You'll be fine. Good for you for doing it. So many people put it off.
 

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Post of the day.<br><br>
He doesn't need a doctors note to force a short fib. There's no fooling the Gator Girl. She knows exactly where his head is.<br><img alt="razz.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/razz.gif">ottytrain1:
 

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Thanks for the advice and support all around!!<br><br>
Oooh... I'll be be sure to use that line! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Ah yes, focus on the reward. Burger and fries sounds good!<br><br>
Good advice!! I'll keep that in mind!! <img alt="razz.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/razz.gif">ottytrain1:<br><br>
Sounds like fun!!!<br><br>
I'm supposed to buy three bottles for lemon-lime magnesium citrate - 1-1/2 the night before, 1-1/2 the morning of. Can't wait!<br><br>
Hey!!
 

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The <b>anal</b> doctor that I was referred to gave me pills AND the liquid. No idea why as most have told me that is way overkill. I didn't tell him I had a history of constipation or anything, actually completely the opposite, you can set a clock by me.<br><br>
Anyway, I was told by my primary after the fact, once your bowel movements are liquid you don't really need to drink anymore. Which would have saved me drinking about MOST OF THE DAMNED LIQUID!!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
The procedure itself was a nonevent.<br><br>
Early detection saves lives.<br><br>
Barb
 

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Yes, the prep is the worst but I'd have to say....that lemon-lime magnesium citrate drink pretty much cured me from ever wanting to drink soda again (especially sprite/7up). <img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif">
 

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I'm coming up for this too, either in February or March. My wife had UC so she went through this every year. Now, she no longer has a colon so no colonoscopies. She can't wait until I have my first.
 

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It wasn't so bad. When I found out the cost of the anestheia, I asked they do it without (I use a high deductable insurance) and the doctor just laughed and said well, no. I'm glad I got it done and in the end my insurance paid for the whole thing anyway.<br><br>
My wife and I both had them done in fairly close proximity, so we had something to laugh about.
 

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Despite what Hally's primary MD told her DO NOT stop when you think you are "cleaned out". Clear BMs are not a sign of a complete prep. The surest way to have your colonoscopy repeated is an inadequate prep. You are forewarned.<br>
Jroden you are fortunate your MD was a kind person. A colonoscopy without anesthesia is torture. I know people who tried it secondary to control issues and the first time without anesthesia was the last time without anesthesia.
 
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