Tips to get through this
July 17, 2014 11:04 PM Subscribe
In less than a week I have a colonoscopy scheduled and with all the health problems I have, it's going to be hell. (which are reasons why I'm getting the test.) What are some tips to get through this?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (26 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've looked on some other forums and found some good advice. I'm having horrible anxiety about this. I have a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy scheduled for 1pm Wednesday (I would have LOVED a morning appointment, but they are booked out over a month and I can't wait.)
I've asked questions on here before about all this medical hell. So message me if you need any more backstory, although it's not quite relevant to this questions. anonmefi14 [at] gmail.com
I have horrible emetophobia (fear of vomiting)
I get severe nausea and stomach pain when I don't eat
I have a super fast metabolism and am very small (so not a large stomach) I only weigh about 106
I have reactionary hypoglycemia/borderline hypoglycemia so I need to monitor my blood sugar and get enough protein and calories
They want me to do the 2 part prep (night before and morning of) - MoviPrep
I've had an upper endoscopy before so I know how icky I feel after and how tired I was, which made it hard to eat for a while after the test
I have really bad heart palpitations/PVCs - we thought it was thyroid but so far those test are normal. The heart rhythm problems flare up when I'm without food/calories/blood sugar is unstable.
I got my GP to give me more Zofran (Anti-nausea)
My husband will be home for prep day, appointment day, and day after
I'm going to have a whole setup in the bathroom so I can camp out including my cell phone so I can contact my husband, clear fluids, the prep, laptop, wet wipes, water, etc.
Grocery list includes clear non-red fluids likes sports drinks, chicken stock, jello, hard candies, ginger tea, apple juice, mint tea, and gum.
My after prep grocery list includes apple sauce, lentil soup, chicken nuggets, and lunchmeat to ease me back into eating.
- Is there anything else I'm not thinking of?
- With the 2 part prep (night before and morning of) should I just try to get down as much prep in the AM as I can within the 2 to 2.5 hours after I get up? The instructions say to start the prep 4-5 hours before your appointment (the prep is scheduled to take 2 hours).
-Is 7:30 AM an okay time to start? I just really don't want to be stuck on the toilet and miss my appointment.
- My goal is to get as much prep as I can and monitor how cleared out I am. My dad didn't finish his prep and he was fine. I also have a small stomach so 8 oz every 15 minutes for 2 hours is not a reality for me, but I don't want to stretch out the AM portion of the prep so I'm late to the appointment or anything. I could take longer the night before to finish that half of the prep if I need to.
-I'm worried about the weird hour(s) from 11am when I should stop everything by mouth to my 12:15 arrival time and 1pm appointment time. Can I have hard candies for my blood sugar?
- Words of encouragement? Other tips? Will I die? How to ease back into eating?
I'm just so worried as I get really weak, lightheaded, and sick without enough calories and food. Even just a few hours or getting to lunch late. Especially easing back into eating after something like this is going to be really hard. Help?