Thursday, May 1, 2014


Colonoscopy. Tomorrow is the day. Today is the prep. If you have never had a colonoscopy, well, you are in for some fun. If you have already had one and want to skip this humorous post, by all means, don't relive your experience.

Here's how it starts: you go to a doctor and the doc says Time for a colonoscopy! 

You then take your prescription to the pharmacy to get the prep.  There are two preps in the kit.

The day before your test you can not eat. Anything. Clear liquids only.  I made vegan gelatin, tea, ice pops, broth and drank water, clear juice. All day long.  Then at the appropriate time, the prep fluid gets mixed with water. It makes 16 ounces. You have to drink the whole think. Then you have to drink 32 ounces of water in one hour.  The prep tastes like really bad salty water.  I had a hard time getting 100% down.  Okay, I only got 95% of it down. I did my best without vomiting it back up.  

At that point you are running for the toilet.  Everything leaves you rather quickly.  I was tied to the bathroom for 2 hours.  Back and forth, back and forth.  Hint: bring reading material or a iPad. 

Now for the next 12 hours it is the water diet. At 5:30 am it all starts again.  The prep, the water, the bathroom. 

Then at 9:30 am I have to be at the doctors office for the procedure at 10:30.  They say one hour later I will be up and going home.  They use a new anesthesia Propenal (the same stuff Michael Jackson took) and they say I will not be so out of it and groggy when I wake up.  These days for this procedure I get an anesthesiologist.  

I am watching TV and trying not to think about my growling stomache. 

Until tomorrow...


  1. Such a miserable experience, Adrienne! I had one several years ago, and I supported my mom through one just a couple of months ago. I don't know why they can't come up with a pill that has the same effect as that truly nasty purging liquid. Gaaagghhh!

    Here's hoping the whole thing goes (heh) well, and that it will all soon be behind (heheh) you. Sending a hug your way. ;o)

    1. Thanks Wren. You are so funny. All went well.


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