I have my very first colonoscopy next Monday morning (I am 64 yo). I can't believe the amount of prep I have to do, but the doctor stressed that I follow this to the letter, since it's my first one. Also, because my mother died of colon cancer and the possibility that I might have some polyps to be removed.
I start Saturday morning, drinking 10 oz of magnesium citrate. Then only liquids like water, ginger ale, clear chicken or beef broth or clear jello (who makes clear jello???). Nurse said no coffee because it's not clear.
The next day, I'm supposed to mix something called Nulytely with some lemon flavored packet and mix with a gallon of water. They said it's easier to take if it's refrigerated (is it???). I have to drink it over the course of the day. Only CLEAR liquids — like really clear broth, nothing creamy, just water, etc. (Does anyone here use chicken boullion cubes and strain it?)
The next morning I have to have 2 Fleet enemas 30 min. apart (before I leave to catch the bus at 7AM). My nurse said to be fasting and when I mentioned my concern about "leakage" she said not to worry because there won't be anything by that time. Ok, it's me — not her — should I be concerned? Geez She said I can take my meds, tho, except for Monday.
I'm not concerned about the procedure itself — just the prep and getting up in time to do all the stuff I need to do before the procedure. A friend is picking me up afterwards. Is there a clear Gatorade or some "clear" jello with flavor? I don't have much time to stock up on what I need. Any advice would be appreciated. (Also, I think my doctor said black coffee would be okay on Saturday and Sunday and the nurse wasn't sure. What did ya'll do?) Thanks!!
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