Tuesday, May 1, 2012

If you have had a colonoscopy. . .

can you reassure me that it is, in fact, possible to drink a gallon of this crap I just picked up at the pharmacy?


1 comment:

SWILUA said...

which kind of crap did you get?

one of them is awful and it's totally gross, but the other kind isn't bad at all. (yeah, I've had to do it twice. awesome.)

if the kind you have tastes like you're drinking liquid baking soda, then, yuck. I'm totally sorry.

but if it's not too late, maybe you can do the other kind (that works better anyway!). I don't remember all the specifics, but from what I can tell, the two most common preps are:

1. Polyethylene Glycol (Miralax)

2. "Halflytely," which is a mixture of salts and sodium bicarbonate. (Baking soda.)

I think it's the first one that's better, though you can't do it if you have any renal insufficiency. But I'm not 100% sure because when I googled my doctor, the one listed was the second one.

What I do remember: the one that tasted like baking soda was awful and gross and made me feel like total crap.

The other one didn't. Stools eventually became water, but I never felt "stomach fluey" like I did with the other kind.

Since the Polyethylene Glycol version says it works by drawing water into the colon, I kinda think that's the "good" one I remember. It's available without a prescription, too, and the other one isn't.

So, I guess my advice would be that if the one you have sux brix, call your doctor and see if you can't switch. (Page him if you have to! It'll be worth not being up all night feeling like you're going to die!)

good luck! xoxo