By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2012-06-22 16:31:12 -0500
Started 2012-06-05 16:04:17 -0500

While this is not striclty speaking on topic, there are many here who have had a colonoscopy and perhaps many who have been putting it off because of the "prep work" involved.

This just entered my inbox today and I thought I'd share it with all y'all.

It is from the Harvard Medical school and is entitled "Does colonoscopy save lives?" read it here ~

Praying better health for you!


76 replies

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2012-06-21 22:09:23 -0500 Report

Just had my first a few months ago. I didn't worry about my blood sugar as I am not on insulin yet. The prep is truly nasty, but the procedure was fine-those drugs work great! I felt pretty hungry during my day-before fast; however, that night I had the best sleep I'd had in months-not sure why!

robertoj 2012-06-07 23:59:21 -0500 Report

I had one last month and had a polyp removed. The also gave me an additional test and discovered that I have ulcers.

MoeGig 2012-06-07 17:22:18 -0500 Report

Just had one…came out fine. Only suggestion I have is schedule it for morning…so you don't have to Fast all day. The routine I had…didn't have to start drinking the stuff till 5pm and didn't have to get up during the night. As far as insulin, just cut the dose in 1/2 and tested from there. Worked out fine.

runthe 2012-06-06 20:40:07 -0500 Report

I am schedule for a colonoscopy in september. I am concern about my blood sugar going up or getting to low. If I'm not eating anything do I take my Insulin or what. I had the test before but, it is the first time as a diabetic.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-06-07 12:04:40 -0500 Report

Hi Ruthie, just went through my first one since the big D hit me. Here is what I did, because I had the same concerns. The day before I was on an all clear liquid diet. I checked my sugar every 2 hours and changed my liquid accordingly. It had dropped to 87 one time so I was able to have 1 cup of sweet iced tea. YEAH! I continued this testing throughout the day. Then the drinking "the stuff" started. I continued my testing. About 11:00 PM some unrelated lower back and knee pain kicked in, pretty severe. So, no asprin, IB, or other pain relievers allowed and my BS was dropping. I had on hand a bottle of lite pink wine. After 1/2 bottle of that (I do not usually drink) the pain subsided and the sugars went up. Then came the 4AM final drink. Got that done. My BS at that time was 155, so I was pretty sure I would be safe until my 8:30 AM procedure and I was. So, all went well, just waiting the results of the 3 biopsies. I wish you the best. Remind them that you are diabetic and that you need an early appointment. Jim

Tripp3 2012-06-22 15:26:52 -0500 Report

The first attempt went fine, but on the re-do I was scheduled for first thing in the morning, but the doctor was delayed so I did not get in until 11:30 am. I was fine for the procedure, but in the afternoon, I had to be taken back by ambulance because of hypoglycemia. If you can't get in first thing, ask for a different day when there is a chance.

jayabee52 2012-06-06 20:57:30 -0500 Report

ask the nurses who give you the info a few days prior to the 'scope. Let them know of your diabetes and they should give you guidance. I would be more worried about a low than a high, but if you have a in tact "liver dump" mechanism in your body you should not go too low before you get that dump of glycogen to bring you up.

runthe 2012-06-06 21:01:12 -0500 Report

Thanks James, I will be sure to ask the nurse. Where I go if they tell you your appt is at 7:00 and I might not get called until noon time.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-06-07 12:09:10 -0500 Report

Definitely you your condition to your advantage. Hey if it moves you to an early position, at least it has done something for you instead of always to you!

jayabee52 2012-06-06 21:04:05 -0500 Report

yes that IS a bit of a problem. Perhaps you could use your diabetes as an excuse to get bumped up closer to the head of the line.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-06 21:23:56 -0500 Report

I made my apptments for the first one in the morning and was lucky enough to have it done on time. They had me hold off on my insulin until after test, but did tell me if it was low to eat glucose tabs. The test isn't very long and you wake up quickly. They also checked bg while I was out. Don't worry, you'll be fine. Just make sure they know you are an insulin dependent diabetic.

2012-06-07 23:53:01 -0500 Report

Well where I go , I did try that, no luck. But maybe you'll have better luck runthe than I had.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-06 23:07:35 -0500 Report

When I scheduled mine I made sure to let them know about the diabetes. They scheduled me for the first time slot of the day and gave very detailed instructions for the prep. Had to not take certain meds and use different clear liquids. Also the prep mayerial was different. They had me tell them my bg as soon as I arrived for the procedure. As with any procedure just make sure at let them know any medical condition you have. As my vascular surgeon said ''we don't want any nasty surprises.'

runthe 2012-06-07 17:40:17 -0500 Report

I go to the county hospital and when they tell you 7:00am they means you be there at 7:00 to register but you might not get called until around 12 or later. I just had a endoscope done at the same dept and they called me at 12:30. But the actual procedure was done around 2:00.

2012-06-06 13:26:40 -0500 Report

Say does any1 here get to mix a lemon flavored packet w/ their 1 gallon jug o' powder? W/my last test I had to do 2 of those gawd awful jugs of liquid crap. Because 2 colonoscopies ago I failed. Now how does 1 fail a colonoscopy? I was still "full of it". That is how 1 fails a colonoscopy.

jayabee52 2012-06-06 17:29:48 -0500 Report

lemon flavored packet of what, exactly?

2012-06-07 23:44:08 -0500 Report

Yes, J~A~B, it came w/a lemon flavored packet. You mixed it w/the powder & water and it was (I guess) supposed to help you that you had to drink this liquid B.M juice every 15mins. until you were all squeaky clean. (in my case 2 gallons of this *crap* *(LOL)*. I guess it was a popular flavor amongst the pollsters. I'm surprised James that your gallon of "liquid shit" didn't come w/a packet of flavoring.

granniesophie 2012-06-07 10:32:50 -0500 Report

It's "flavoring" that makes you think that you are not drinking that nasty tasting stuff, but something pleasant instead! It fools no one!!

2012-06-07 23:49:16 -0500 Report

YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT granniesophie!!!! No matter the flavor, it all comes out in the end!! LOL :D

2012-06-06 13:19:27 -0500 Report

I don't mind the colonoscopy test itself. Because my doctor puts me on an IV & a very small does of "That Michael Jackson sleep drug" and I'm out for the count. But the prep work for that test? IS HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!! My mother & brother get to take these pills in lieu of that "go lightly" crap (The name of that stuff always puts a smile on my face) but I'm not allowed to take it due to the fact that I'm a diabetic. :( (But I'm not due for another one for another 5 years. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

swlinda 2012-06-07 12:34:39 -0500 Report

I agree with you about the prep, it is horrible. Wish there was an easier way.

2012-06-07 23:59:00 -0500 Report

SO DO I swlinda, SO DO I!! Both my mother & brother I think found an easier way, but I'm not allowed to do it, because of this damn T2.

Harlen 2012-06-06 12:27:57 -0500 Report

I slept thru the hole thing lol and I was glad for it lol
Best wishes
I have even had the check up slept thrue that too lol lol
If you got to do it sleep thrue it lol
Best wishes

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-06 21:25:21 -0500 Report

I slept through mine as well.

Harlen 2012-06-06 21:41:57 -0500 Report


2012-06-08 00:06:15 -0500 Report

Hey Harlan I think that's the way it's done now. Everyone gets a small dose of that "Michael Jackson sleep aid" drug IV wise, and then wham! your in the wake up room. Then whoever you had to bribe (ha-ha) to take you to the test, had to bring you home. Gawd I still owe my mother. But my turns coming up. Hers is next week. So now I'm her chariot driver.

jigsaw 2012-06-06 13:45:11 -0500 Report

I watched a part of it on the monitor, before I finally went under. I also enjoyed looking at some of the fine looking nurses. I know my view point was better then theirs!

Nick1962 2012-06-06 13:08:33 -0500 Report

Think there's a way i can sleep through the prep part of it?

jayabee52 2012-06-09 17:50:21 -0500 Report

Yep! get a toilet which has seat belts installed on it and strap yourself on so that you stay on when you drop off to dreamland

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-09 18:22:53 -0500 Report

Wish you success with your plan. Both my legs fell asleep during the prep, the rest off me was forced to stay awake due to all the drinking and other action.

2012-06-08 00:08:06 -0500 Report

If one sleeps thru the prep work, I don't want to be part of the clean up crew!!!! :D

jigsaw 2012-06-09 11:08:50 -0500 Report

Keep a wet/dry vac on hand, ya never know! They sell fairly good machines at the Depot! (-;

jigsaw 2012-06-06 13:41:46 -0500 Report

nope! Ya might miss the bowl!!!

Nick1962 2012-06-21 13:57:07 -0500 Report

Yeah, i said the sheets. Me, that's a different story.
Went to the doctor Tuesday and managed to keep him focused on my weight loss - ooops! times up doc, so sorry we didn't get to the colonoscopy discussion this time! Safe from probing for another 6 months.

jigsaw 2012-06-21 15:26:32 -0500 Report

I hope your not as lucky as I was! I scored two polyps, so I get to go back for another in 3 years ! Well, three years is up, so I'll be going for a second round in a month or so.
Actually, there is nothing to it! Just don't think about it. You go in to the op room, then you come out and there's your wife ready to take you home. That's it! You won't recollect a thing, and you'll probably have a big smile on your face to boot.

Nick1962 2012-06-21 20:28:20 -0500 Report

I'm hoping for a clean report as well. i guess i don't mind the invasion if the nurses are attractive, but the wife is the biggest problem. She doesn't handle these things well. She always feels as if she needs to be babying me, and frankly, after 3 hernias, a severe motorcycle accident, 3 car crashes and 171 stitches - this is an afternoon in the hammock with a large vodka tonic. I spend more time worrying about her!

jigsaw 2012-06-22 11:42:13 -0500 Report

I understand how you feel about your wife. In some ways my circumstances are very similar ! I guess when you get right down to it, we're both very lucky individuals !!!

Nick1962 2012-06-22 15:17:05 -0500 Report

Well, then let me first say "love you honey" in case she's reading this.
I had a hernia surgery scheduled, no biggy, been through worse. Told her to drop me off at 5:30, she could go to work (hospital is near her office) and the nurse would call to come get me when done. She balked at that, but went to the pharmacy during anyway to drop off my pain med script and get a few items to "cheer" me (get well card, 1 lb. bag of peanut M&M's). 11:00 rolls around and I'm done (more work than they thought), and she takes me home. She's rushing around at home asking me where I want to sit, should she turn on the TV for me, should she make me something to eat, should she get the pillows and blanket from upstairs so I can sack out on the couch, etc. i say no, I'm going to nuke some soup, then head off to bed - you go to work, I'm going to be sleeping anyway. Seeing I'm not really in the mood for discussion, she finally capitulates.
11:00 pm rolls around and she's been at work, taken the kid to piano practice, run other errands, etc. and I wake up and hobble downstairs suprised she's still up, and I asked "where did you put my pain meds?"
She was silent for a good long time then turned totally white. Never. Picked. Them. Up.
Pharmacy closes at 11:00, no emergency number. Sure as heck ain't driving me back to the hospital for them, but hey, at least i had my peanut M&M's.
Well, I finished my soup from earlier, watched TV a bit, and cowboyed it (3 advil and 2 shots Jack Daniels) and went back to bed.

jigsaw 2012-06-22 16:31:12 -0500 Report

Lucky for her that she loves you ! I guess it's lucky for you too, after all, you wouldn't have got your peanut m&ms either !!!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-21 21:26:53 -0500 Report

One of my nurses was a cute dude, Doc wasn't to hard on the eyes either. The female nurses were down right mean. They were busy talking about what they had for supper the night before.

granniesophie 2012-06-06 10:09:32 -0500 Report

I did pretty good with all the prep, annoying as it was! The day before I drank alot of clear broth, and diet 7-up and instead of sugar free jello, I did regular jello (NOT red!!) and my numbers stayed pretty good throughout. During the "clean out" part-I was only allowed that, and water, with no meds, so everything stayed stable for me. I started off able to move around and even cleaned my bathroom, and then after a while, settled down with a good book and just stayed put! Not everyone has the same experience, but I will say that the prep was worse than the test itself! And I even woke up before the end of the test, and it wasn't a big deal for me. I went out and did some retail therapy the afternoon after the test! Go get it done, it's a really important test, and while a pain in the a$$, it serves its purpose, and it's only a couple of days of uncomfortable and then a long forgotten memory (until the next time!!) :)

2012-06-08 00:09:20 -0500 Report

But grannie, didn't the regular jell~o mess with your sugar?

2012-06-08 00:26:32 -0500 Report

I see and understood why u did the non sugar free. Cause I remember that my Dr told me to do that. I just completely forgot. Sorry.

Nick1962 2012-06-06 09:27:01 -0500 Report

Interesting you bring this up James, I’m unfortunately due. Big question is how does a PWD (both T1 and T2) handle this effectively. The day before the test, you’re required to eat light, and mostly foods that are easily processed (no vegetables or fibers). Additionally, the evening before (and up to the test itself the next morning) you’re limited to only clear liquids. Even worse, you’re required to drink a mass amount of “cleaner” fluid to rid yourself of all food residue. How does one manage BG numbers through this?

2012-06-08 00:21:29 -0500 Report

Now when I went thru the cleaning out procedure, (am not insulin dependent) was allowed to take my meds on test day. I was told that I could handle all the veggie broth, any type of clear liquids (I OD'd on soda water) including hot or cold tea, and popsicles. (no red or purple ones) as well as no red or purple jell~o. I did however w/the popsicles and the jell~o I consumed non sugar free because I was afraid that my BG would drop.

Nick1962 2012-06-08 09:41:43 -0500 Report

In the prep material he gave me, I was even told to avoid broths, since some (like the paste type I use) still contain solids. I’m not big on popsicles and jello, and tea and coffee tend to increase my appetite. I remember as a kid when I was sick I was often given “drinking jello”, which was basically jello made as directed but additionally watered down and served as a hot beverage. If it comes down to it, I may try that. Heck, I’m not above drinking saltwater. Like you, this is a test I don’t want to fail (I’m still laughing at that).

2012-06-08 00:11:16 -0500 Report

I'm so sorry Nick. I'll be thinking about you during that HORRIBLE, NASTY, prep work.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-06 18:00:24 -0500 Report

They gave me a handout explaining what clear liquids were allowable. I used chicken broth, jell-o (with sugar) and glucerna shakes. My bg was going a little low by the 6 AM appointment, but not too bad. I haven't wanted a glucerna shake since then. A side effect of the massive amounts of their prep potion and crystal light was what went down earlier…well some of the glucerna suddenly came back up. I did eat light, easily digested food for a couple days prior, thanks to advice from The Cake Lady and one of my sisters.
Glad I went through with it. Dad had colon cancer. Found just after his 50th birthday. I had a pre cancerous polyp removed. The colonoscopy was alot less trouble than what Dad went through - surgery, chemo, radiation, and 30+ years of living with a colostomy bag.

Nick1962 2012-06-06 18:09:28 -0500 Report

I know I gotta do it, just has to be a better way. And yeah, glucerna comes out of me the same way it went in. Must be tequila in it, i had the same problem with tequila.

2012-06-08 00:35:04 -0500 Report

I can't keep down a glucerna shake myself. What's in it to make it come back up the way it does? (hypothetically asked) every time I see a commercial for it, I gag.

Nick1962 2012-06-08 07:52:55 -0500 Report

Yeah, i don't know what it is with that stuff. There's very little i won't/can't put in my mouth, but thats at the top of the list of no go's.
I was supposed to use it as a meal replacement once when I had dental issues and couldn't chew. I just put my meal in a blender instead.

jayabee52 2012-06-06 09:35:14 -0500 Report

when I had my first one I was in the hospital so I had help with that. Don't remember what they did for me, but I was newly on insulin at the time.

Now that I am off insulin I think I'd just take the higher BG hit if there was one from a liver dump.

I have been putting mine off now for a while due to the prep issues. The cleanout fluid is horrible and being on the toilet that long is a real problem for me.

I look forward to it with dread!

2012-06-08 00:38:25 -0500 Report

Hey James just take the novel "War & Peace into the latrine w/you and you'll have enough reading material to last you for a couple of these GOD AWFUL tests!! :>