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Just wanted to perhaps tell you about my colonoscopy experience today and preparation - hopefully it soothes some peoples’ nerves and helps others looking at it like reading other people’s experiences also helped me.
I started this the day before the procedure, using Moviprep at 6pm.
Actually the liquid did not taste nearly as bad as I expected. In fact, it wasn’t vile in any way. The difficulty is that you need to drink quite a lot of it quite quickly. I actually drank all of mine in 30 mins. I started feeling it kick in about 15 mins after finishing it. Nothing extreme - calmly took myself to the loo and water started coming out. Not painful at all. Spent about 20 mins in the bathroom first time. Then about 5 minutes every 20 minutes or so for next 3 hours and a bit and then maybe every hour until about 11pm-ish. It’s not bad but make sure you have super soft loo roll as it gets quite sensitive. Went to sleep no problem.
Woke up at 7am to restart the process and it was really similar to the night before. Though for some reason it was a little easier to drink the liquid this time. Make sure you have 500ml of water right after having your moviprep liquid. Drink it in the next hour.
I was signed in by a lovely nurse at 2.30pm, who admitted me and gave me a gown, some comfy non slip socks, some colonoscopy shorts (basically like longer underwear with a hole in the back), and a dressing robe to wear before the procedure as the gown is open at the back.
My surgeon then came in and explained the procedure in great detail using a diagram and gave the possibilities of outcomes and the minimal risks associated with procedure.
I then went to the endoscopy suite where the nurses talked to me and put the cannula in my arm so the doctor could administer whatever he needed. They also hooked me up to heart and pressure monitors and gave me a tube for oxygen in case needed.
The doctor then administered the IV sedation. I was conscious throughout the procedure and able to converse / just a bit dozy.
The procedure itself was not painful. It’s slightly uncomfortable as it’s a new experience that’s of course not wonderful, but did not hurt! From tube in to tube out it was about 20 minutes or so.
I was then taken to recovery area but was pretty chirpy, given some water and food.
The doctor then came and told me it was a normal colonoscopy with no cancer but did send some biopsies for analysis to hopefully rule out other things like IBD. Let’s see what results say in a week or so.
I came home and had dinner like normal. I did go to the bathroom after dinner and it was still watery and a little blood came out. I understand this is because of the biopsies but I’m still letting my doctor know tomorrow. I will report what he says about the bleeding when I hear something.
I hope this helps you relax before your procedure. In all, it’s definitely an invasive procedure but one which is actually very tolerable so far and is a lot less awkward than one would initially think. I’m happy to answer questions to the best of my ability also.
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