Not a Happy Camper

@just4him (89060)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
October 10, 2016 3:55pm CST
I'm scheduled for another colonoscopy before they can prescribe anything new for me. I have no choice in the matter. I am so not a happy camper. The thing I object to the most is what I need to drink before the procedure. I can only say it's not the same as it was when I was in the hospital last year when I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. The colonoscopy itself didn't bother me. So anyway, the procedure will happen on October 27 at 9:30 AM. I guess I'm not swimming that day, probably not the day before either since I will be drinking that nasty stuff that they said is cherry flavored. I will be glad when it's over and I hope this will be the last time I'll need to go through this. I also stepped on the scale and there are two reasons for the weight gain. One was this past weekend, the other is that the medication I'm on causes weight gain. I now have 6 pounds to get rid of instead of just a couple that I'm sure was due to the weekend conference. So again, I'm not a happy camper. I don't want to have to fight my medication to lose weight. So that's two weeks away, and I can't drive myself to the hospital, I need someone to drive me. Oh fun, oh joy. It's my son's normal day off, so I'll see if he will drive me. In the meantime, I'm going to get back to notifications, do some Swagbucks, and either work on my book or watch a movie. I'm now starting on October 6 for notifications. I hope your day is going better than mine is, though the only hiccup was the doctor's appointment. My son just called me back, we kept missing each other just now, and he will drive me to the hospital. So that is taken care of. Thanks for reading.
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@sharon6345 (106261)
• United States
10 Oct 16
My friend had that and he was wide awake during the entire thing. The medication did not knock him out. I hope it goes well for you.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Oct 16
I had no problem with the procedure itself last year. So that part should be fine. That must have been horrible for your friend.
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• Midland, Michigan
11 Oct 16
The stuff you drink before hand doesn't knock you out. If he was awake, he should have let them know. They could have put him under a little more during the procedure. I talked with a nurse recently that tends to wake up during these procedures and she's learned to say when she's coming to. That way if they're not yet done they can make sure she's out a little longer.
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@marguicha (80321)
• Chile
10 Oct 16
I don´t think that there´s a worse procedure than a colonoscopy! And, believe me, I´ve been in several. Luck with yours.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Oct 16
This will be my second and I did everything I could with my last doctor visit to not have to do this, but there's no choice in the matter. The medication isn't working.
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• United States
10 Oct 16
@just4him diet, diet, and again diet is really going to make a difference and I cannot encourage those I love to just eat according to their blood type. I hope all goes well
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Oct 16
@enlightenedpsych2 Thanks. I'm working on the blood type diet. I'm also doing what I can in the pool to exercise to get this awful weight off.
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@FourWalls (9503)
• United States
10 Oct 16
The worst part of a colonoscopy is the prep. My last one wasn't so bad because I didn't get the goop, but Miralax in half a gallon of Gatorade. Much easier going down (and, ahem, out, too, as it didn't seem to make me so cramped). Prayers for a successful test and good results.
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@marlina (60723)
• Canada
10 Oct 16
I already had 4 colonoscopies in my life, the last one was a lot easier, preparation wise. They have some stuff now that doesn't give cramps at all. No comparison with the stuff from the first 3 ones. I have to go this coming Wednesday for my second cataract surgery, not a happy camper either.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Oct 16
@marlina Four? Oh my. I thought the first was bad enough and told the doctor I wasn't doing another. However, in order to change the meds, I have no choice and I do want something that's going to work. I read about the cataract surgery.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Oct 16
@FourWalls Thanks. I didn't have the cramps last time, but that gallon jug of nasty was almost too much for me to handle. I gagged on the first swallow and it didn't get any better after that. I just hope I don't need to do this again, as I really need the meds to work.
@TRBRocks420 (60823)
• Banks, Oregon
10 Oct 16
That doesn't sound fun at all, but hope all goes well.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Oct 16
It's not fun.
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@NJChicaa (28308)
• United States
10 Oct 16
that's good that your son can take you to the hospital.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Oct 16
Yes it is.
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• United States
10 Oct 16
Oh ugggh a BFF of mine who lost her mom recently (you read the post) also has ulcerative colitis and has been ordered by her doctor to avoid so many things and she is still quite sick, uncomfortable and refuses to eat according to her blood type. I have told her but she swears her doctor knows what he is doing . . . I feel for you Val and hope the colonoscopy does NOT detect anything unusual.
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@marguicha (80321)
• Chile
11 Oct 16
What do you mean by eating according to one´s blood type?
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• United States
11 Oct 16
@marguicha exactly as it is stated-- your blood type can tolerate specific foods better than others and there is a list of foods that are highly beneficial, neutral and those to avoid.
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• United States
13 Oct 16
@just4him ulcerative colitis is just inflammation of the colon which can successfully be treated with diet BUT most conventional doctors avoid that plan cause they know it would run them out of business. Be smart and stay sweet and I KNOW you'll treat this the proper way-- if you need any assistance you know I am here cause I love ya !
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@celticeagle (114184)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Oct 16
So sorry to hear you have to drink this nasty stuff and go through this. Then to have to take a med that makes you gain when you are trying to so hard to lose. Darn it!
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Oct 16
It's totally frustrating. I would have expected a couple pounds from all the sweets they had at the women's retreat, but not that much. So I almost feel like I'm starting over.
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@celticeagle (114184)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Oct 16
@just4him .....That would be frustrating. Can you eat some things that will help you get them off again? More exercise in the pool? Ugh! Hope you are able to get back to losing well again.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Oct 16
@celticeagle Me too. Hopefully the change in meds will not work against me.
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@silvermist (15807)
• India
11 Oct 16
@just4him That is nice that your son will drive you to the hospital.Try thinking about the day when this will be over.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Oct 16
That is still two weeks from today from now. Yes, I will be glad when it's over.
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@silvermist (15807)
• India
14 Oct 16
@just4him It is the anticipation of it that is more disturbing than the event itself.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17 Oct 16
@silvermist So very true.
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@BelleStarr (31111)
• Portland, Connecticut
11 Oct 16
My colonoscopy is not until November 16th, I am not looking forward to it either.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Oct 16
Is this your first one? I had my first when I was in the hospital last year. That's when they found the problem. Now they need to find the right meds for me and that means another colonoscopy.
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@BelleStarr (31111)
• Portland, Connecticut
16 Oct 16
@just4him No this is my 3rd or 4th, I have never had anything seriously wrong.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Oct 16
@BelleStarr I'm glad you've never had anything seriously wrong.
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@sugartoes (33711)
• Greencastle, Indiana
11 Oct 16
oh lord, the stuff they gave me wasn't TOO bad I didn't drink ALL of it but enough to do what needed to be done & I'm glad I don't have to have do another one for a while. I have a doctors appt this month my self. hope everything gets back on key for you.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Oct 16
Thanks. I'll just be glad when this is all over in two weeks.
• Midland, Michigan
11 Oct 16
Wow, sounds like you're doing a lot better with your notifications. I was hurrying the past few days to not lose any and then realized that my next day, or the ones on the bottom are from the 7th, so I'm about where you are although you have many more than I do to wade through. I wonder why the different doctors all use different things for the pre-colon screening? This round I was able to do marilax with any flavor desired of Gatorade. Drinking a gallon in a short amount of time was no easy feat, but at least it didn't taste as bad as other stuff I had to drink years ago. I wonder whether they'd let you do the mix I did instead?
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Oct 16
I have two six ounce mixes to mix with equal amounts of water. One I take the night before the other the day of. I'll also be fasting for a couple days before hand as well. I'm almost ready to do a three day fast of water only and let it go the completely natural way instead of those mixes. Not looking forward to it. I have a shopping list of liquids I can eat before hand or drink before hand.
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• United States
11 Oct 16
bless yer heart, i aint fond 'f those 24 hours prior to a scope neither :( but, when ya got gut troubles, such's required. i'm 'pposed to've one yearly. more'n likely yer condition requires such's well. our diseases make's more prone to colon cancer - best to catch that early'n nip't'n the bud. glad to hear that'cher son's gonna be with ya.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Oct 16
I wasn't told I would need to have one yearly, oh I really hope not. I only need to have this one again because the meds aren't working and they gotta find something that will. So far he said there's no evidence of cancer of any kind, so that's a good thing.
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@DianneN (57247)
• United States
10 Oct 16
A colonoscopy is a necessary evil. I just gulp and try not to think of it. You will definitely knock off those extra pounds during your prep! Happy your son can drive you.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Oct 16
I was thinking the same thing. Then I can only hope I can keep them off, but with all the swimming I'm doing, hopefully that won't be a problem. Though the holidays are coming and we all know how to eat for the holidays. Extra pool time for me. Yes, I'm very happy he can drive me.
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@Corbin5 (78663)
• United States
10 Oct 16
Well, I think you should take pride in the fact that your are doing what is necessary to be healthy. Not fun, but a must.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Oct 16
Thanks for the pep talk.
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@Macarrosel (7641)
• Philippines
10 Oct 16
I hope the doctor will say good things to you after your colonoscopy. Good to know you're son is morally supporting you all the way.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Oct 16
The good things I want to hear will be the meds will not harm me in any way or work against me in losing weight. Yes, it's good my son is going to be with me.
@jstory07 (57044)
• Roseburg, Oregon
10 Oct 16
You have a ride to the hospital and will he stay and wait to drive you home afterwards.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Oct 16
Yes he will. He knows I can't drive myself or have any other way home if he doesn't.
@Jessicalynnt (48190)
• Centralia, Missouri
15 Oct 16
it's sad to have to fight against medicine weight gain, when weight gain is hard enough to deal with anyways
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Oct 16
Yes it is. So I'm hoping that the next thing he puts me on doesn't do that.
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• Centralia, Missouri
23 Oct 16
@just4him that sort of weight gain is KILLER to fight
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Oct 16
@Jessicalynnt Yes it is, but I found an answer for it - my vacation. I did so much walking and climbing, it had to give way.
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@shshiju (9189)
• Cochin, India
11 Oct 16
If medication not works there is no other choice than colonoscopy. Glad that you have no bitter experience like other friends. Wish you get well soon Valerie.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Oct 16
Thank you. No, the only bitter experience is the nasty tasting stuff I need to drink ahead of time.
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@shshiju (9189)
• Cochin, India
14 Oct 16
@just4him Oh I see may be the nasty thing ease the treatment
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@cacay1 (32062)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
11 Oct 16
I hope everything is fine there now in you.Let us pray no more sickness.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Oct 16
The procedure is two weeks away.
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@cacay1 (32062)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
14 Oct 16
@just4him , Thanks Valerie,
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@DeborahDiane (15864)
• Laguna Woods, California
11 Oct 16
A hate to get colonoscopies, but they do save lives, so they are worth it. I'm so glad your son will be able to drive you to get it done. Good luck.
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@just4him (89060)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Oct 16
Thank you. I'll be glad when it's over and done with.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 Oct 16
@just4him - Yes, none of us like those types of medical tests ... even though they save lives.
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