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I Have So Much Empathy for Dumbledore!

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Initial post: Aug 8, 2011, 4:02:08 PM PDT
(WARNING: post includes very personal medical stuff)

Okay, remember that horrific scene in Half-Blood Prince, when Dumbledore had to keep drinking from the cup that had the locket in it? I've got the real-life version here.

You see, I'm having a colonoscopy tomorrow - something I've been postponing for years, mostly because of the prep. When my Marital Unit had this done, he had to drink a couple of little bottles of fruity flavored stuff, and do a couple of squirts up the hoo-hah with a Fleet. Me? No such luck.

I went to the pharmacy today and picked up my scrip for something called Colyte. What I got was a bunch of white granules at the bottom of a jug - a FOUR-LITER jug. That's about a gallon. So I added the water, and put it in the fridge. About an hour ago, I started drinking: 1 8-ounce glass every 8-10 minutes (no sipping). I have to do this till the 1st half is gone: the 2nd half I have to drink within an hour from 5:30-6:30 tomorrow morning. It's not horrible - just tastes like salty water. But the volume and frequency - OY!!

And even Dumbledore just had to drink the stuff; he didn't have to plan on spending the next several hours in the loo.

Horcruxes, cancer exams - they both suck!

Posted on Aug 8, 2011, 4:43:36 PM PDT
Vermis, drinking that awful stuff (the added flavor does not help) is the worst part. Colonoscopy is not that bad. They'll just put you to sleep (you won't even notice you've slept) and when you wake up, it's all over. I hope you feel better.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2011, 10:31:09 PM PDT
Thanks, Agatha - that's what I hear. And it's the prep that I've dreaded the whole time. I think I'd still have preferred some flavor, other than cold salt water.

Things are pretty much settled down for the night. Except that now that I don't have a belly full of liquid, I'm really hungry. Gatorade only goes so far. Think I'll switch back to Coke - it has more sugar.

Wish me luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2011, 8:41:56 PM PDT
Vermis-- good luck! I got mine last spring, a few years earlier than usual because of a family history of colon cancer. I got lucky-- all I had to take was a big jug of Gatorade ("any color but red") with an over- the- counter laxative or two, which I was able to get in a generic form. It was about half the volume of the colyte that Dad used to take. And cheaper.

I started fasting a little early too, so I didn't really spend a lot of the time in the bathroom.

Dad had had a colostomy, and had to get checked about once a year. It was no joke, getting ready for it. But the procedure itself was cake, of course; usually a few polyps nipped, see you next time.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2011, 9:07:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 11, 2011, 9:09:05 PM PDT
Okay, I made it thru alive - 2 little polyps. Depending on what kind they are, I don't have to have another one for either 5 or 10 years - C'MON, 10!! It did hurt a bit (they had to inject air), and it took them 2 tries and 15 minutes to find a vein for the IV; but overall, not so bad.

The worst part - I didn't even lose any weight!! So the bad news; I'm truly hard-core overweight. The good news; I'm not as full of crap as some people think I am! ;->

Thanks for your concern - much appreciated!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2011, 7:53:32 PM PDT
I'm glad it went OK! Oddly enough, once I was cleaned out, I've noticed that my appetite for red meat has moderated (not vanished, of course.) So I didn't lose weight either, I just ended up changing my diet a bit.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011, 9:52:51 PM PDT
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1593 says:
The prep definitely is the worst!!! Go Lytely is really nasty. I have a 3 in the last couple of years due to other problems. I am looking foreward to a good 10 year stretch! (I hope)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2011, 2:38:01 PM PDT
Biopsy came back, and I have to go again in 5 yrs. :-(

Oh, well - good not to have to worry about it for awhile.

Posted on Aug 18, 2011, 10:06:34 PM PDT
Five years a long time, no need to worry at this time, Vermis!

Where's everybody BTW? All threads here are inactive :(

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2011, 4:57:47 AM PDT
With my family history, I thought I was lucky to not have to do it for another five years! ;-p

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2011, 12:09:47 AM PDT
Yeah; much as I appeciate the support, I'd like to discuss something besides our respective innards.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2011, 8:09:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 20, 2011, 8:10:15 AM PDT
Until the next five years is up, anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2011, 2:32:15 PM PDT
Moon - me too, regarding family history. My dad's side of the family has the intestinal yuckies. Mom's side is the breast cancer side; so I'll be scheduling the mammogram next....

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2011, 6:16:30 AM PDT
And they're no fun either. But they are at least quicker and far cheaper.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2011, 12:39:18 AM PDT
Yeah - got the bill for the Colonoscopy. It wasn't too bad - written down to $100 - still not a good time, since my teeth are costing the usual fortune. Graduated from dentist to periodontist, and pretty much NOTHING is covered by insurance.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2011, 10:33:33 AM PDT
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