Colonoscopy - Procedure

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Published: April 12

Preparation for colonoscopy was limited roughage 2 days before, liquid diet 1 day before. I started drinking preparation at 3:30 pm the day before. I didn't like the taste or the amount but it worked quickly and thoroughly. I reported to the hospital at 8:30 am. Very caring doctors and nurses. I remember being wheeled into the procedure room, talking to a person I knew and then woke up in recovery. No pain, no memories. Due to a kink the doctor couldn't get past, and I ended up having a barium enema with x-rays. Not pleasant but caring technicians made it bearable. This was my second colonoscopy. I was out for the first one also. No problems. Will do it again if needed..

Published: July 14

My preparation was really not as bad as I'd expected. Liquid diet the day before the procedure, which was my preparation day. At 1:00 pm I drank a 10 oz. bottle of magnesium citrate followed by a glass of water. At 4:00 pm I took 4 Dulcolax tablets with a glass of water. At 6:00 pm I mixed a 238 gram bottle of Miralax with a 64 oz. bottle of Gatorade in a pitcher and drank this over the next 2 hours. Diarrhea started at about 7:00 pm and lasted intermittently until about midnight. I was not in the bathroom the entire time, but had 7 to 10 trips total. The morning of the procedure I had 2 to 3 bathroom visits. All in all, not that bad. The day before the prep day, I ate relatively lightly. The Miralax and Gatorade prep is the way to 'go'. Pun intended..