Thursday, September 27, 2007

...3 DAY PREP...

After the 3 day ordeal of prep for my procedure, it wasn't as bad as I thought. Funny thing the sedative that they gave me before the procedure did not work until after. Haha. So my poor dad who brought me had to wait until I woke up. But I think he was itching to go home to catch the LaSalle - Ateneo game. You must wondering why I would blog about such a procedure. Well it's an experience and its not that bad. The only set back is that the toilet bowl becomes your new bestfriend. Proximity to the throne is a must. Hahaha. Im glad it is over. Thank you to all that said a prayer for me. Thank you too to my Friday morning prayer group...Mica, Rona, Lori, and whoever else joins us.


Colonoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). He or she uses a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the colon. A colonoscopy helps find ulcers, polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding. During a colonoscopy, tissue samples can be collected (biopsy) and abnormal growths can be taken out. Colonoscopy can also be used as a screening test to check for cancer or precancerous growths in the colon or rectum (polyps).

The colonoscope is a thin, flexible tube that ranges from 48 in. to 72 in. long. A small video camera is attached to the colonoscope so that your doctor can take pictures or video of the large colon. The colonoscope can be used to look at the whole colon and the lower part of the small colon. A test called sigmoidoscopy shows only the rectum and the lower part of the colon.

Before this test, you will need to clean out your colon (colon prep). Colon prep takes 1 to 2 days depending on which type of prep your doctor recommends. Some preps may be taken the evening before the test. For many people, the prep for a colonoscopy is more trying than the actual test. Plan to stay home during your prep time since you will need to use the bathroom often. The colon prep causes loose, frequent stools and diarrhea so that your colon will be empty for the test. The colon prep may be uncomfortable and you may feel hungry on the clear liquid diet. If you need to drink a special solution as part of your prep, be sure to have clear fruit juices or soft drinks to drink after the prep because the solution tastes salty.


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