Warning, this could be gross to you and a little or lot TMI
I realized I could not find the instructions for prep day-- Monday. So, I called the gastro doctor. He is not in the office on Friday. But, the Birmingham office, his main office, had people present. They told me I could have Ensure or Boost. I bought two packs of chocolate Ensure.
I decided maybe prune juice would hurry the procedure along, making everything clear on Tuesday.
I did not poop but once. That is about five fewer times than I usually poop in one day. I usually poop every time or almost every time I pee. I was this way as a three-day-old infant my mother tells me. It is my normal...except for Sunday.
Clear liquid day, I had a chocolate Ensure. Chicken broth was good, but I became hypoglycemic within an hour of waking at 9 am. I had to wash my hair and get it cut at 11 am. I wish I had not made the hair appointment. I get grumpy, stumble about, cannot think of words, cannot see very well. So, I took a nap in self-defense after the haircut.
First, I went to the doctor's office and got a new copy of the orders for prep. THEN, I took a nap.
3 pm Monday
It was time to take Dulcolax. Thinking I made a mistake getting tablets, thinking I should have gotten chewable, I went to Walmart to get the correct item. I then found out I got the right thing. So, I took four Dulcolax with a Mountain Dew. Then, I remembered I was not supposed to have caffeine! Seriously, I need a keeper through this ordeal while I am robbed of my brain by hypoglycemia.
I talked to the doctor's office while I was at WM. NO WAY am I supposed to have Boost or Ensure. While I proclaimed my need for some protein to help with the hypoglycemia, the nurse tried to help me. She found I could have clear Ensure in a powder and add it to water. Well, there was no clear Ensure in a powder, just containers of liquid Clear Ensure. Yay! I drank one as I waited in line to pay for it.
6 pm Monday
I figured out I was only supposed to take two Dulcolax. This could be an interesting night. It was time to mix half of 238 mg of Miralax into 32 oz of Gatorade. I suppose I could convert mg to ounces and ounces to Tablespoons and then measure this Miralax by tablespoonsful. Or, maybe ounces would be good to measure.
However, I just took two half-pint jars and poured it into those, making sure I got an even amount in both jars. I wanted to scream because I did not know if the Miralax would fit in 32 ounces of Gatorade without overflowing the bottle. Grrrr Now, I had to wash a pitcher and use that. More dishes! If I had made it all at once, I still would have needed the pitcher. The directions indicated the whole container of Miralax should be emptied into 64 ounces of Gatorade.
7 pm Monday
I am supposed to drink that 8 ounces at a time, slowly and every 15 minutes. I got one down--no problem. Then, I started the next 8 oz. IT started and I went to bathroom 8 times in 12 minutes. I can no longer wear pants or panties tonight. This is violent. I feel like I will throw up, so it is going to be hard to finish this second glass.
8 pm Monday
The urge to throw this all up is so strong that I called the physician on-call. He said to slow down on the Gatorade-Miralax cocktail, that it makes some people very nauseous. Goody! I get to be that person. He had other cheerful insights--This is not going to be a night to remember. Thanks doc. He assured me that taking four Dulcolax instead of the prescribed two Dulcolax was not going to be a problem. Then, he chuckled. As we ended the conversation with my thanking him, he had a very friendly thought as he once again chuckled just a bit. I could tell he was smiling. Have fun tonight!
I am having another bottle of clear Ensure. Look at the color of Clear Ensure! Okay, I did not take picture and will not get that done to show you.
I bet this color ruins the whole thing! Can I die now? I will take this to the doctor's office in the morning or have exbf take it and show them the color. Just shoot me now. HOW is that clear????
9 pm Monday
And, now I am throwing up! That cannot be good for the procedure! I cannot drink the Miralax-Gatorade mixture.
10 pm Monday
Besides violent vomiting, the colon empties without warning. And, the cramps that are running under my ribs from mid-section to my side are cutting me in half, unrelenting. I think I am going to give this up this test and wait for a better solution. I was up until 4 am, pooping my brains out. Finally, I had four hours sleep. When I awoke, I called the doctor's office and told them I was throwing up the Gatorade/Miralax mixture and had not had any of the morning mixture. The receptionist talked to doctor and he said try to finish it. And, was everything running clear. Last night it was clear.
This morning, it was not exactly.
7 pm Tuedsay
So, I got it done, had four polyps removed and now am home.
I am going to bed. Sleep is fast upon me.
There I can dream about going without a car....grrr.
No proof reading because I can barely see.
Have you ever thrown up the Gatorade/Miralax mixture before a colonoscopy or other things given to prep you? I saw a friend this morning who said she did too. Are polyps bad?