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Learned New Trick While Doing Colon Prep

Sundanceh
Sundanceh Member Posts: 4,392
edited March 2014 in Colorectal Cancer #1
Thought I would share this with you in between my 40-yard dashes, LOL:)

I'm bowel prepping for tomorrow's scope. The hospital instructions said to use a STRAW as this goes to the espohagus and does not stay on the taste buds too long.

I then use a "Sprite" rinse and gargle and swirl a shot of Sprite to help neutralize any bad after taste.

It's still a tough dollar, but better than drinking it the old fashioned way - half down and half to go. By the time I can eat tomorrow, it will have been 40-hours since I last ate.

It occured to me that all of my CT and PETs the last 2 years or more have never been clear completely. So, I hope the results of the scope are good news - I could use a nail to hang my hat on, for a change.

Well, gotta "Dash".....

-Pooped in Prepville
Craig

Comments

  • Luv2lunch
    Luv2lunch Member Posts: 270
    Hi Craig,
    Good luck with the

    Hi Craig,
    Good luck with the test tomorrow. I hope it is clear. My Mom is going to need colonoscopies every 3 to 4 months for a while. Do you think the straw trick would work for her? She can't stand the taste of the prep stuff. Maybe the straw would work. I thought you couldn't eat or drink anything before a test like that? Sprite is Ok?
    Well again, good luck tomorrow. I'm sure you will be fine.
    Linda and El
  • Sundanceh
    Sundanceh Member Posts: 4,392
    Luv2lunch said:

    Hi Craig,
    Good luck with the

    Hi Craig,
    Good luck with the test tomorrow. I hope it is clear. My Mom is going to need colonoscopies every 3 to 4 months for a while. Do you think the straw trick would work for her? She can't stand the taste of the prep stuff. Maybe the straw would work. I thought you couldn't eat or drink anything before a test like that? Sprite is Ok?
    Well again, good luck tomorrow. I'm sure you will be fine.
    Linda and El

    HI Linda and El
    2 straws is working even better.

    I don't SWALLOW the Sprite, I just put it in my mouth and gargle and swish it around to kill the bad taste and then spit it out in the sink after I swallow the prep.

    Somewhow the Sprite just sort of cancels out the bad taste to a good degree and makes it bearable - but it's still tough.

    Have her try it, it might go better.

    And you can drink water up to 4 hours before the test.

    See you!
  • pepebcn
    pepebcn Member Posts: 6,331
    Sundanceh said:

    HI Linda and El
    2 straws is working even better.

    I don't SWALLOW the Sprite, I just put it in my mouth and gargle and swish it around to kill the bad taste and then spit it out in the sink after I swallow the prep.

    Somewhow the Sprite just sort of cancels out the bad taste to a good degree and makes it bearable - but it's still tough.

    Have her try it, it might go better.

    And you can drink water up to 4 hours before the test.

    See you!

    l will take note for next time LOL!
    Good luck Craig!
  • maglets
    maglets Member Posts: 2,576
    Sundanceh said:

    HI Linda and El
    2 straws is working even better.

    I don't SWALLOW the Sprite, I just put it in my mouth and gargle and swish it around to kill the bad taste and then spit it out in the sink after I swallow the prep.

    Somewhow the Sprite just sort of cancels out the bad taste to a good degree and makes it bearable - but it's still tough.

    Have her try it, it might go better.

    And you can drink water up to 4 hours before the test.

    See you!

    darling boy
    darling boy....I think bowel prep has provided some of my loneliest moments on this journey.....who can share the joy??? cept us

    thanks for the tips....holding your hand .....hugs and hugs and more

    mags
  • Sundanceh
    Sundanceh Member Posts: 4,392
    maglets said:

    darling boy
    darling boy....I think bowel prep has provided some of my loneliest moments on this journey.....who can share the joy??? cept us

    thanks for the tips....holding your hand .....hugs and hugs and more

    mags

    Maggie May:)
    How wonderful it is to see you again, darlin':)

    I've missed you!

    -Craig
  • breezie
    breezie Member Posts: 22
    colon prep
    Hi Craig,
    I'll have to try the straw technique the next time I prep but something I found helpful....probably not for you since you've already begun but for others. After drinking the vile tasting half-lightly or the supposedly non-tasting Miralax I would chew on one of those small pretzels and then spit it out. My mouth might be a little dry but there was a much more appealing after-taste in my mouth. Good luck with your test. Sending positive thoughts your way.
    dorothy
  • maglets
    maglets Member Posts: 2,576
    Sundanceh said:

    Maggie May:)
    How wonderful it is to see you again, darlin':)

    I've missed you!

    -Craig

    ahhh Craig
    ahhhh craig....I am still marchin on...sometimes feelin like crap but there you go.....

    hold on

    mags
  • Kathryn_in_MN
    Kathryn_in_MN Member Posts: 1,252
    breezie said:

    colon prep
    Hi Craig,
    I'll have to try the straw technique the next time I prep but something I found helpful....probably not for you since you've already begun but for others. After drinking the vile tasting half-lightly or the supposedly non-tasting Miralax I would chew on one of those small pretzels and then spit it out. My mouth might be a little dry but there was a much more appealing after-taste in my mouth. Good luck with your test. Sending positive thoughts your way.
    dorothy

    Miralax
    Miralax with Green PowerAde. Went down very quickly with no problem whatsoever with me. First time around with Blue Gatorade was ok, but a little tough towards the end. From here on out it is green PowerAde for me.

    The straw sounds like a very good idea if you have trouble with whatever prep you have. It worked good for me on FOLFOX, when everything tasted funny. And you could suck on a lemondrop or other hard candy just long enough to kill the taste and spit it out too. Rinse and spit with anything would be better than having a taste you can't handle lingering in your mouth.

    Good luck Craig! You WILL have a clean scope. You certainly deserve it.
  • pluckey
    pluckey Member Posts: 484
    I have my first colonoscopy
    I have my first colonoscopy post cancer crap this Wednesday. What prep are you doing? half Litley? That **** about killed me last time- took me 10 hours to choke down, horrendous cramping and pain all night long and I ended up in ER the morning of my scheduled colonoscopy...needless to say, I'm scared to take that stuff again...PLUS, my current post-ileostomy reversal (done a year ago) normal seems to be 10 plus times a day on the throne....what the hell will the prep do to me AND why am I not losing any damn weight with all the evacuation going on??? this is a Kerry covnersation, isn't it??? LOL

    What exactly is the Miralax/ducolax prep? I wonder if my GI doc will let me do that instead.

    STraws...i will do that no matter which prep I start..

    Good Luck Craig

    ((HUGSS))

    Poopy Peggy
  • geotina
    geotina Member Posts: 2,111
    pluckey said:

    I have my first colonoscopy
    I have my first colonoscopy post cancer crap this Wednesday. What prep are you doing? half Litley? That **** about killed me last time- took me 10 hours to choke down, horrendous cramping and pain all night long and I ended up in ER the morning of my scheduled colonoscopy...needless to say, I'm scared to take that stuff again...PLUS, my current post-ileostomy reversal (done a year ago) normal seems to be 10 plus times a day on the throne....what the hell will the prep do to me AND why am I not losing any damn weight with all the evacuation going on??? this is a Kerry covnersation, isn't it??? LOL

    What exactly is the Miralax/ducolax prep? I wonder if my GI doc will let me do that instead.

    STraws...i will do that no matter which prep I start..

    Good Luck Craig

    ((HUGSS))

    Poopy Peggy

    Peggy:
    I used this for my colonoscopy last November. First you take the Docolax pills. Then, you mix the Miralax with Gatorade. I used the lemononade flavor. There are a few colors you cannot use. Nothing awful like the old stuff but it is still a lot to drink.

    Take care - Tina
  • Sundanceh
    Sundanceh Member Posts: 4,392
    pluckey said:

    I have my first colonoscopy
    I have my first colonoscopy post cancer crap this Wednesday. What prep are you doing? half Litley? That **** about killed me last time- took me 10 hours to choke down, horrendous cramping and pain all night long and I ended up in ER the morning of my scheduled colonoscopy...needless to say, I'm scared to take that stuff again...PLUS, my current post-ileostomy reversal (done a year ago) normal seems to be 10 plus times a day on the throne....what the hell will the prep do to me AND why am I not losing any damn weight with all the evacuation going on??? this is a Kerry covnersation, isn't it??? LOL

    What exactly is the Miralax/ducolax prep? I wonder if my GI doc will let me do that instead.

    STraws...i will do that no matter which prep I start..

    Good Luck Craig

    ((HUGSS))

    Poopy Peggy

    Peggy
    I'm doing "old school" prep...it is the Colyte 128oz. I used the Lemon Lime flavor packet.

    Half Lytely is out of stock in our part of the woods, my PA tells me it is being reformulated so that is more effective and you won't have to take Dulcolax, but right now they are out, so it was not an option.

    I did the Miralax/Gatorade last time and frankly it was no good for me. My scope was "over" in 10-minutes - they found "no evidence." Which was a lie, no scope is done in 10 minutes. I suspect he got in there and saw that I was not properly prepped and backed out of there and said aok.

    So, the people here at my new facility use the Colyte and so we should get a clean look and that's what I need right now.

    I'm close to finishing the liquid off and then hopefully, the other will pass and it will be done and I can call it a day.

    As always for me, the long way around to answer your question: Colyte Prep.

    Nice seeing you:)


    -Craig
  • AnneCan
    AnneCan Member Posts: 3,673
    Good luck Craig,
    I hope you

    Good luck Craig,

    I hope you hear nothing but good results from the scope.
  • Sundanceh
    Sundanceh Member Posts: 4,392
    AnneCan said:

    Good luck Craig,
    I hope you

    Good luck Craig,

    I hope you hear nothing but good results from the scope.

    And For All You Ladies Out There.....
    ....if you need a dance partner, I can honestly say that tonight, I have perfected both the "Turkey Trot" and the "Texas 2-Step" LOL:)

    Seein' my a$$ move across the floor so quickly, is a sight I'll leave only for the imagination, but I got moves I didn't know I had.

    Just sayin'...

    -Craig
  • pepebcn
    pepebcn Member Posts: 6,331

    Miralax
    Miralax with Green PowerAde. Went down very quickly with no problem whatsoever with me. First time around with Blue Gatorade was ok, but a little tough towards the end. From here on out it is green PowerAde for me.

    The straw sounds like a very good idea if you have trouble with whatever prep you have. It worked good for me on FOLFOX, when everything tasted funny. And you could suck on a lemondrop or other hard candy just long enough to kill the taste and spit it out too. Rinse and spit with anything would be better than having a taste you can't handle lingering in your mouth.

    Good luck Craig! You WILL have a clean scope. You certainly deserve it.

    Kathryn !!!!!!!!!!! don't use straws any more you can
    swallow it and cause you a serious health problem!!! hahaha.
    Hope you allow a little joke! LOL.
    Hugs!
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,036
    Good times
    Oh, Craig.

    You just know how to make a weekend a good time, don't you? Glad you discovered the straw trick. I'm due for a colonoscopy this spring, and I'm already thinking icky thoughts.

    Praying that you will get an all clear this time!

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • coolvdub
    coolvdub Member Posts: 408
    tootsie1 said:

    Good times
    Oh, Craig.

    You just know how to make a weekend a good time, don't you? Glad you discovered the straw trick. I'm due for a colonoscopy this spring, and I'm already thinking icky thoughts.

    Praying that you will get an all clear this time!

    *hugs*
    Gail

    Good Luck
    Craig,

    Hoping it all goes well for you. I just had a colonoscopy a little over a week ago. No call from GI Doc so all is clear. Hoping the same for you, you have been through enough lately.

    Don
  • thready
    thready Member Posts: 474
    Sundanceh said:

    And For All You Ladies Out There.....
    ....if you need a dance partner, I can honestly say that tonight, I have perfected both the "Turkey Trot" and the "Texas 2-Step" LOL:)

    Seein' my a$$ move across the floor so quickly, is a sight I'll leave only for the imagination, but I got moves I didn't know I had.

    Just sayin'...

    -Craig

    Dan also doing Texas 2 Step
    Hi Craig
    I hope everything turns out o.k. today! Let us know. Dan has his colonoscopy today. I am scared to death. He has had a few problems, he went tot he GI guy and here we are. I had my 1 year test last Thursday-alls well except for diverticulitis. I wonder why it always has to be about the plumbing?
    Talk to you soon,
    Jan
  • coolvdub said:

    Good Luck
    Craig,

    Hoping it all goes well for you. I just had a colonoscopy a little over a week ago. No call from GI Doc so all is clear. Hoping the same for you, you have been through enough lately.

    Don

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  • VivianGB
    VivianGB Member Posts: 46
    unknown said:

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    Good Luck Today
    Good luck w/ your scope today, hoping all is clear!!

    Thanks for the straw tip!

    Viv
  • Kenny H.
    Kenny H. Member Posts: 502
    VivianGB said:

    Good Luck Today
    Good luck w/ your scope today, hoping all is clear!!

    Thanks for the straw tip!

    Viv

    Thanks for the tip...Doing
    Thanks for the tip...Doing mine tomorrow for surgery wed (getting bag) No food today and most likely rest of week.
  • jams67
    jams67 Member Posts: 925
    Good idea
    Good luck on your scope.
  • just4Brooks
    just4Brooks Member Posts: 980
    Works too
    Tequila Woorks too!! LOL


    Brooks
  • jararno
    jararno Member Posts: 186
    Hope everything came out Ok
    Pouring half of it down the john also works......Shhhhhhh don't tell my gastro guy! Unfortunately? they still found the cancer anyway!

    Hope you are through Dancing The Night Away!

    Best wishes Barb
  • Fight for my love
    Fight for my love Member Posts: 1,522
    I hope all the results are
    I hope all the results are good,please give us an update.Take care.
  • christinecarl
    christinecarl Member Posts: 543
    Craig
    Always so good to hear from you, sorry you are doing the mad dash. Thanks for the prep tips. I pray for a clean result for you, your fight inspires me
  • lizzydavis
    lizzydavis Member Posts: 893

    Craig
    Always so good to hear from you, sorry you are doing the mad dash. Thanks for the prep tips. I pray for a clean result for you, your fight inspires me

    Craig, it is a warm feeling
    Craig, it is a warm feeling to read your posts.

    Best wishes and love to you,

    Lizzy
  • ketziah35
    ketziah35 Member Posts: 1,145

    Miralax
    Miralax with Green PowerAde. Went down very quickly with no problem whatsoever with me. First time around with Blue Gatorade was ok, but a little tough towards the end. From here on out it is green PowerAde for me.

    The straw sounds like a very good idea if you have trouble with whatever prep you have. It worked good for me on FOLFOX, when everything tasted funny. And you could suck on a lemondrop or other hard candy just long enough to kill the taste and spit it out too. Rinse and spit with anything would be better than having a taste you can't handle lingering in your mouth.

    Good luck Craig! You WILL have a clean scope. You certainly deserve it.

    I used this colon prep and
    I used this colon prep and it worked. I was stil on the toilet all night, but at least some of it was unpleasant.
  • daydreamer110761
    daydreamer110761 Member Posts: 487

    Works too
    Tequila Woorks too!! LOL


    Brooks

    lol!
    I asked about that ..... tequilla and vodka DO NOT count as clear liquids!
  • daydreamer110761
    daydreamer110761 Member Posts: 487

    Craig, it is a warm feeling
    Craig, it is a warm feeling to read your posts.

    Best wishes and love to you,

    Lizzy

    Craig...
    Hope everything came out alright.....ok - really...I just made my third appointment since the end of chemo, this one is the end of october (unfortunately a new insurance year so here I go again).

    My office has me taking the dulcolax at noon, start the gatorade/miralax at 4, and then the citrus stuff 4 hours before the appointment - and since I am also diabetic, it is a morning appointment, I am doing that at 4am.

    Glad to read this post tho - will try green powerade. have been using the orange gatorade, and I hate that stuff.

    If I had been able to complete the first one I was SUPPOSED to do, I may not have ended up in so much of a mess ( I would have, just may not have been as bad) - but then they used the lightly thing which tasted like dishwater, and i couldn't do it and refused to go back - DUMB!

    yeah - again - thanx to the caregivers who also get to watch this!

    (maybe wrong place to say this, but, I miss Donna.)
  • AnneCan
    AnneCan Member Posts: 3,673

    Craig...
    Hope everything came out alright.....ok - really...I just made my third appointment since the end of chemo, this one is the end of october (unfortunately a new insurance year so here I go again).

    My office has me taking the dulcolax at noon, start the gatorade/miralax at 4, and then the citrus stuff 4 hours before the appointment - and since I am also diabetic, it is a morning appointment, I am doing that at 4am.

    Glad to read this post tho - will try green powerade. have been using the orange gatorade, and I hate that stuff.

    If I had been able to complete the first one I was SUPPOSED to do, I may not have ended up in so much of a mess ( I would have, just may not have been as bad) - but then they used the lightly thing which tasted like dishwater, and i couldn't do it and refused to go back - DUMB!

    yeah - again - thanx to the caregivers who also get to watch this!

    (maybe wrong place to say this, but, I miss Donna.)

    IMO
    There is no wrong place to say you miss Donna; she was an amazing woman + I miss her too.