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Unread 03-11-2005, 03:43 PM
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Originally posted by DorrieL
thre is some evidence that FOBTs (the smears) are as good as useless - and that regular colonoscopies are the ticket.

Are you doing the drink-a-gallon prep or the phospho soda? I prefer the gallon drink (go-lightly - what a name!!) but I know several sisters respectfully disagree

The only thing those cards are testing for is blood in the stool, that's it...it can't detect anything else, so for that, they are good. Blood in the stool is definately something that needs follow up.
My patients always laughed when I brought them the gallon of GoLytely---the name--what a riot.
I definately HATE phospho soda--no matter what you mix it with, it is nasty. It is like salt water with a ton of salt in it. I used the ducolax tabs, phospho soda (but couldn't drink it) mag citrate, and mirilax--which is a great thing to mix cause it doesn't have any taste. They suggested to me to mix it with gatorade so that after all those BM's I could keep myself hydrated enough. Salt is a great laxative which is why they use the phospho soda and enemas have salt water in them. But it doesn't matter what we say, each doc has their own regimen that they use.
I wish I had this one doc---he only gave his patients erythromycin tablets...I think a total of 10 of them over the night hours...i could have definately handled that..LOL
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Unread 03-11-2005, 04:49 PM
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My visit on April 7th is to discuss what he wants me to do next. My guess is that a new colonoscopy will be the next step. The last time (3 years ago), he had me drink the gallon of Golytely. However, when the probe did not reach the end of my apparently exceptionally long colon, I had to undergo the barium enema test as well and for that I drank the phospho soda. Personally, I liked that better because it was so much less to gag down. I just took a deep breath and guzzled it. I don't know what I will have to do this time.

By the way, when I went for my follow-up visit after the tests were done the doctor told me that he had just been sent a new, longer probe. He said that when I had the test again I was to remind him and he would make sure one was available for me so I would not have to have both tests done again. Believe me, I plan to remind him the minute I see him.
Unread 03-13-2005, 03:41 AM
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Dear E.O.,
I'm so glad to hear about you appt. I wish I would get that call to, but the 23rd is coming soon anyway. I'm hopeful that all will go well on your appt and you'll be up and running a "normal" life again soon! Let us know if you need encouragement during your prep, It helps the time pass. It's kind of a game to guess when you'll "blow"LOL! Maybe we can start a pool as to how long it take to work, just kidding! Keep us posted.

(1 hour and 53 mins is my guess)
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Unread 03-19-2005, 01:36 PM
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I saw the GI specialist on Thursday and as expected he has ordered another colonoscopy. (My last one was three years ago.) I expect to get a date for it on Monday but he has requested that it be scheduled within a month so I shouldn't have to wait too long for it. He was very reassuring that the chance of it being cancer is relatively small but he wants to be cautious and he needs to find out what is causing the bleeding. He said if the colonoscopy does not show anything, he will order a test of the upper part of the GI system.

In the meantime, I am trying not to think about it and keeping myself busy with family and work. It is in the quiet moments that I can't get it out of my mind.

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