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#1 lizzie

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 05:38 AM

I recently posted re experience. of Ba Enema. The consensus seemed to be that the prep was the worst part. Well am just experiencing it and hasn't been too bad so far - not as bad as the colic which is the reason for the exam. Am nine hours into the prep and have managed to get out the bathroom for at least some of that time! Even tried to do some work but can't really concentrate (but thats a regular problem). The worst part has definitely been the lack of food and having to drink black tea. Never mind- I will be able to get out the scales and admire my weight loss tomorrow (and reward myself with a nice guilt free piece of cake once I've had the test!).
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 07:26 AM

Lizzie,

Not eating was the hardest part for me too. I get hunger headaches. Drink lots of water and take it easy. Let us know how everything turns out.

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 09:51 AM

Lizzie,
I was told that I could drink chicken broth and non-red/orange jello. That was quite helpful. Of course, it's too late to be of assistance to you probably. Good luck. It's going to be just fine.

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#4 lizzie

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 11:19 AM

Thanks for the support. Barefut: I've got a headache too ( as has my husband because I've been whinging so much!) think is due to lack of food but will drink some more water in case is dehydration. Janey: I have actually been drinking chicken stock as on the allowed list ( along with black tea/coffee, water,) but no mention of jello (called jelly here). If I had thought would have bought some though as know that jelly and toast were what in-patients used to be allowed when they were doing bowel prep. Am actually feeling pretty sorry for myself at the moment as soooo hungry and know I will have to do it all again when I go for the colonoscopy. It wouldn't be too bad if I could go to bed now - its nearly 11 pm - but still don't think its safe! Just hope I don't have to stay up all night. The test is at 2.30 pm tomorrow so hopefully by 3.30 will have regained my dignity and be tucking into some lovely lovely food, although even some not so lovely food would do.
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 01:28 PM

Lizzie, since you are going to have to do this again next week, you may have what is called gellatin. That is what we call Jello. Anyways, if you cook a roast beef dinner one day with the carrots and onions and potatoes the flavors are all in the wonderful broth. Set aside some of the broth and save for drinking the day of your prep. Instead of drinking just boullion cube water you are getting all the vitamins and great tasting broth. You can do the same with chicken. I put a ton of carrots and celery with salt and pepper and parsley in with my cooking chicken. I strained several cups of broth and set it aside for me. I added more water and boullion cubes for the portion I was making for my husband with his noodles. I wasn't a bit hungry. It was very nutritious and I didn't mind that my husband was getting all the goodies. I ate when he did. And I drank alot of water, warm Vernors and spiced cider in between. You can suck on hard clear or yellow candies also. I try to set all my tests up early in the morning when I know I have to have them done and am not on a time schedule for a certain date. I book them a couple weeks before I need them so I can have my preferred time. Food for thought. Sheryl
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Posted 24 October 2007 - 09:48 PM

Thanks for the food ideas Sheryl , I will certainly put more effort into getting prepared for the next test, I hadn't appreciatd how hard I would find the food aspect ( have been on v v restricted diet since Monday) There certainly is nothing like home made chicken broth, so will make some this weekend. I will definitely make up some jelly (jello)- I love the stuff- when we teenagers we use to eat the cubes of jelly because gelatin was meant to be good for you nails ( I don't know what form you get your jello in in the US but here it comes in cubes that you dissolve in hot water and then dilute with cold water to make it up to a pint). It would be much better to have the tests in the morning, but although there are many good things about the health system here (NHS), the downside is that you usually just get sent an appointment rather than choosing it. There is often such a waiting list for some tests that you are happy to take what you are given and will cancel other commitments in order to attend! They are trying a new system where patients can book their appoinments on line, but will have to wait and see if it becomes routine practice. Is breakfast time here,but as no food am going for a nice long soak in the bath.
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 11:51 AM

Just to let you know the barium enema was a breeze. It helped that it was an all female team so was not too concerned about baring all, almost a party atmosphere with six or seven in the room as were student radiographers sitting in as well. The best bit was that once they had finshed the films got taken to the bathroom and was given a cup of tea (with milk -hooray!) to drink whilst sitting on the loo- how decadent (and British) is that! Looking forward to a good nights sleep as was 2.30 am before the effects of the prep wore off enough to risk going to bed last night. Will get the results in the next few days.
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