If you were to sit down and make a list of all the 'fun' things in the world, this would appear nowhere on that list.
How many hubbers have had the honor of this horrible experience?
My mother and my grandmother both have had the procedure. My grandmother who is now passed on and my mother who is 62 years old has vowed to never have the procedure done again, regardless of whether or not, it kills her.
My sister was suppose to have it done, but canceled her appointment.
Personally, I've not had to experience the procedure, as of yet.
That was the worst experience I've had in a very long time. The prep with the laxative. The fasting before the test. The so-called hour (turning into 4) in pre-op. The fact that my so-called physician told me the insurance company would pay for it (not covered). They sent me a home fecal test to send back to them after they scheduled me for the procedure. That test is to determine if you need a colonoscopy based on it's result. It is to be done before to determine if you need to have a colonoscopy. If I had no insurance at the time, none of this would have happened. They would have doubted getting paid . All they saw was an insurance card, and a patient with a credit history and wallet. I seriously believe that if something were wrong, and I really needed to have that test, the test would not have been given to me. I know several people in thier 70's and 80's that have never been told that they need to have it to this day.
How'd you come up with this one, Sab? Just sitting around re-living the experience?
Did they really have to use that much laxative during the lead-up?
I have, twice, they give you an enema.
And it is quite possibly the worst experience I have ever had, and I have had my knee broken in three places while skiing.
I've had it done. Oli, in the U.S., we drink a gallon solution that cleans you out, no enemas. It can be nauseating after a bit because of the girgling you get the minute it goes down. The procedure itself was nothing. You go to sleep, wake up, it's done.
They put you to sleep?!
I had a mild anaesthetic gel, they wouldn't let me sleep because I had to tell them if I felt any severe pressure.
In Australia, they don't put you to sleep, just make you high on Valium or something similar. So you're still semi-conscious but you don't remember anything about it.
Here, you also don't have an enema - you go on a "low residue" diet for a couple of days, then drink some vile concoction which cleans you out (rather violently!)
I have it done every few years because I've got the gene for bowel cancer so I need regular checks. The unpleasant bit is the preparation - the procedure itself I know nothing about, thankfully!
I had one once...
it was very uncomfortable, and for the life of me, I couldn't understand why my optometrist insisted I needed it done
I was asleep, didn't feel a thing. The worst part is the day before when you can't eat and you have to drink that horrible tasting solution.
Started the thread because I just got a notice to schedule for my 4th one. Hooooorrrrrriiiiibbbbllle.
I had to have it done and it nearly killed me. I ended up in the hospital after so they could do surgery the next day to do a bowel resection, because my surgery got pushed back to later in the day and I'd not had any food intake since before the colonoscopy I was extremely dehydrated by the time I went in for surgery. The resection turned into a major surgery with extensive repair to major organs where I had to be splayed open for hours. During the process of recovery when they went to take the respirator out I flatlined. The only reason the doc could give me for this was the dehydration had started shutting everything down more than they were aware. I spent 5 days in ICU and am deathly afraid to go have any other procedures done.
It's about time for my second one too! I was put to sleep but the night before is no picnic, for sure. Beats the alternative though!
Wow, it sure varies from place to place, doesn't it? Anyone I know that's had it here in Texas has all had to go on a soft diet for a day or two, then drink the gallon of solution that cleans you out and then we're put to sleep for the procedure. The cleaning out is not fun.
I feel for you guys/gals that have to be awake for it, endure an enema, or only get partially knocked out.
I'm due to have a follow-up next year. Makes me squeeze my little butt cheeks together just thinking about it now.
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