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Unread 12-09-2011, 12:25 AM
Bowel prep not working

Have to be at hospital tomorrow at 6 a.m.!! Did the bowel prep with magnesium citrate!! My instructions were to start at 5p.m.!! With work and everything knew I would not start at that time!! Called per-op coordinator and was told to start when I could just be done by midnight!! Mixed mc with cranberry apple juice and have drank 16 ounces of water!!! Finished about 30 minutes ago and nothing!! A little bit of gurgling but that's it!!
Am getting nervous!!!
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Unread 12-09-2011, 01:33 AM
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It can take longer than 30 minutes to kick in so don't panic. Once it kicks in, you will be spending plenty of quality time in your bathroom so while you are waiting be sure you have some books and magazines handy to take with you when you have to run!

Unread 12-09-2011, 04:31 AM
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I have a feeling it probably worked. It always takes time to take effect and then once it kicks in you wonder why you were concerned.
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Unread 12-09-2011, 09:08 AM
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I have taken that stuff several times...colonoscopy and my hysterectomy a few weeks ago.

It always took around 3 hrs to kick in
Unread 12-09-2011, 12:58 PM
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I've gotta do my bowel prep on Monday. Yuck! I think that I may actually start earlier in the day just to get it over with. I don't have anywhere to go on Monday and I always lose my appetite the day before a surgery anyway. Nerves I guess.
I hate having bm's anyway and now I have to endure the 'clean out'. Ugghhhh!
Unread 12-09-2011, 01:46 PM
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A quick question here, you mixed it with Cranberry juice? I thought no juices or fluids that are red!!

The mix will work, but since you started late you may be up late as the cocktail prep works.
Unread 12-09-2011, 02:57 PM
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Yep, took three hours for mine to kick in, as well.
Unread 12-09-2011, 05:56 PM
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Indeed, no fear, it will work! You'll be fine!
Unread 12-09-2011, 06:42 PM
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No red juices/liquid is for a colonoscopy.

I like red jello and could have it doing the hysterectomy bowel prep...but not colonoscopy prep
Unread 12-09-2011, 06:59 PM
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No will work soon enough and you will know it. Mine seemed to really kick in 3 or 4 hours after I started. Also to echo no problem on red is for a colonoscopy.

Hugs and prayers your way for your surgery tomorrow.

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