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Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy Prep Day Laxative And Procedure My Story

Colonscopy, Sigmoidoscopy, Preparation Meds.

Colonscopy, Sigmoidoscopy, Preparation Meds.

Explaining Colonoscopy.

Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy. The Why's And What's.

A few weeks ago I decided to go and make an appointment for either a Colonoscopy or a Sigmoidoscopy. I hadn't been referred by the GP but it was something I personally wanted to know, so asked my GP to make me an appointment.

Why did I do this?

Well for starters my stomach had expanded over the last few months, yep got fatter between you and me, and I was having trouble going to the loo, john, toilet bathroom call it what you will. So being more safe than sorry, I took myself off for a look see.

Colonoscopy's are when the Doctor or Surgeon place a long thin tube inside your back passage, with a small camera on the end, and push it up as far as it can possibly go. This is to check for Cancers, tears, polyps which can turn nasty as you get old, and other anomalies.

The Sigmoidoscopy is a similar procedure, but they only push the tube in approximately halfway.

I had no idea what to expect, and believe me, it never dawned on me that I would have to take prep meds the day before!

Prep medication? What's that?

You really don't want to know! Seriously, imagine someone making you drink liquid fertilizer, then stand back and light the touch paper!

Anyway, here's what happened. What to expect, and how I got on.

Colonoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy.

Colonoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy.

Colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy preparation medication

Colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy preparation medication

My Diary: 10 Seconds and Counting.......!

Oh dear God! I am fed up with this darn toilet! If I never see a toilet again I will.....

Sorry let me start at the beginning! I am having a Sigmoidoscopy tomorrow. It's a bit like a colonoscopy but the camera is only pushed up into your lower colon. Up the bum turn left in plain English. But of course before we have that done we have to take something called Moviprep. All depending on what part of the world you live in it will be called by a different name. But trust me, it does the same job!

It makes you poo like a veteran! Now everybody told me it would be a nasty business. But they never said why! Don't get me wrong, it doesn't hurt. Some people may have side effects, bad stomach, feeling sick etc, but so far my sojourn into the world of laxatives isn't painful. Just boring and uncomfortable!

I must have sat on this toilet for hours! Some people take the first couple of sachets and it won't affect them for about an hour.
Me? Took me ten minutes!

So, how do you take it?

Well, you mix up both sachets's together in a litre (approx 2 pints) of water, and then drink them over the course of two hours. Then you 'rest' Yeah huh that works.....! And after another couple of hours you take some more and go through the whole thing again. You have to get to the stage when your poo is clear.

Well so far, I am still fairly 'brown' so I know I will have to take the next satchet soon. What they, the doctors don't tell you is something that is fairly obvious to someone with an inkling of sense.

Trouble is, sense goes out the window when you are having so much fun!!

Drinks to help with hydration

Drinks to help with hydration

So here's the list that I believe you need to keep you, well sane!

  • Keep right next to the toilet!
  • Keep in the toilet!
  • And yes keep on the toilet! Sounds obvious? Trust me, don't get off it!
  • Take your laxative in with you.
  • Take a jug of water and glass in the toilet with you.
  • Have a bottle of sports drink like Lucozade.
  • Phone......just in case! Newspaper or even PC. You are going to be in there for a long time.
  • Vaseline or wet wipes cos your bum gets so darn sore!
  • Lots of toilet roll!!!And most important?
  • Sanitary towels, or Tena lady towels. Even for you guys! Trust me! If you don't put one inside your undies you are gonna make a mess! Sorry to be so graphic but the truth is out there, and its here right now! You only have to walk away from the toilet for a few seconds, and, Bam! You need to go, and you need to go fast! Don't get caught short, use the towels, trust me....!

Have I got the sanitary towels? Yes of course. But its not something the docs mention, and it can well get messy without them. Sorry guys just telling it like it is!

So, now I am ready for my next satchet. I took the last one about 1 o clock, sat on the loo/toilet for about an hour, now I need to do the whole darn thing again!

Wish me luck!

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Colonoscopy sigmoidoscopy

Colonoscopy sigmoidoscopy

Colonoscopy Day Arrives!

Up early, dive to the toilet just to make sure that everything is working fine again. Er, no, not quite but its okay. No accidents. But believe me when I say I was terrified that there may have been slight leaking.

We got there about 10 am, and this is when it got really weird. You would think that after going through the trauma of pre toilet meds, someone would be able to sit with you while you wait!

But no. My partner was left at the main door, and told to go and get coffee or something. I was then lead into a changing room. You call this a changing room? It was like those swimming changing rooms, tiny, a little bench and a hanger. And I was left there on my own for at least half an hour.

Now I have got to say that when you are going to have a medical procedure you don't expect to sit on your own for hours when you are scared witless! There was nobody, and I mean nobody, around. No nurses, doctors or even other patients!

I got up and took a look out the door. Nobody. So I went walk about till I found a nurse. She looked surprised!

'Oh, have they seen you yet?' she asked.

'Er, no....' I replied. 'Come with me then, and we will put you in the waiting room......!'

What? If I wasn't in the waiting room where the hell had I been? And yes lady, you had forgotten me!

Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy

Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy

Eventually...The Stigmoidoscopy.

At last they called me in. I was taken to small room and had to fill in a form with the nurse. She asked me lots of questions such as, do I want a sedative? Am I allergic to certain medicines? etc.

Then, the time had come. I went into a small operating theater and was told to jump up on the bed, and lay on my left side. Above me was a TV screen showing the whole operation as it happened.

By this time, let me tell ya, I was petrified! I tend to get panic attacks at the best of times, but the the nurses were awesome. One held my hand and told me just to breath gently, in and out, and be calm. I never had the sedative as they said it would only take a few moments.

Wish i had taken it now! As the surgeon started to put the tube up my backside it was fine, but as it got higher and higher they pump in air to expand the bowel. Nobody told me that it would hurt like hell because I have a huge scar on my stomach and it started to really pull. In fact the pain got worse and worse, until the nurse told the surgeon to slow down.

Long story short, as my eyes were screwed shut, I know, coward you are yelling! The doc said, open your eyes and take a look!

Oh yeah, full of tricks! But I did it, and under any other circumstances it would have been fascinating! If it hadn't have been me on that table!

Eventually he said that it was fine, just a couple of healthy looking polyps, and he started to take it out.

Now, sorry to go into detail, but all of a sudden there was a, well, huge gush and yes, all the rest of the liquid came out!

I was mortified! But they said it happened to most people, and then they cleaned my up! Phew!

Embarrassed? Yep! But glad it was all over. I felt a bit better and was taken to the recovery room, and once again had a small accident.....! But the nurses were great. Sorted me out, gave me a cup of tea and a biscuit/cookie and said I could go home. Phew!

Happy face after Colonoscopy.

Happy face after Colonoscopy.

After Affects of the Sigmoidoscopy.

It took me about a week to feel really normal again. To be honest I was scared to go out just in case of, well, you know! So, am I glad I did it?

Yes definitely. Purely because even though it was scary, embarrassing and downright yucky, it has made me feel relieved to know that there isn't anything wrong. And that's worth all the pain and discomfort.

If you are having a Sigmoidoscopy its really not worth having a sedative as it doesn't take long at all.

If however you are going to have the Colonoscopy then yes, make sure you take the sedative, otherwise it will be really uncomfortable. And don't forget to tell the Doc that you have stomach scars, as this was the route of my pain.

Last but not least, don't worry!

© 2014 Nell Rose


Nell Rose (author) from England on November 28, 2015:

Hi Miz, ouch! sorry to hear that, I hope you get well really quickly, and be home before you know it. Take care, nell

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on November 26, 2015:

I enter the hospital Tuesday, Dec. 1 to have part of my colon removed, so I'll have two days of intensive starvation (prep) this weekend. Not looking forward to this. Glad you can still laugh about this.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 26, 2015:

That sounds like a good way to go Aelbarsha, I never used sedation but I know others really need it. Thanks so much for reading, nell

Abdelhakim Elbarsha from Benghazi/Libya on November 26, 2015:

Though posted more than a year ago, I enjoyed the way you tell this kind of experience. Thanks for this informative hub, that would certainly push a lot of hesitant people towards doing colonoscopy because of it's proven power as cancer prevention tool.

In the institute where I work, in my country, Libya, I start the procedure with no sedation for all patients. Many of them they don't need it and procedure is finished with no discomfort. For patients who don't tolerate, a sedative is immediately given. If discomfort continues, a strong analgesic (pethidine) is added. So it is a sort of a patient-adjusted or "on-demand" sedation.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 05, 2014:

Hi lifegate, good luck with it, maybe its not so bad having the colonoscopy the second time round? sometimes familiarity is okay, or maybe not, but its a good thing to have, thanks for reading, nell

Hi Frank, LOL! yep couldn't resist! you have to see the humor otherwise you go nuts having this procedure! thanks again, nell

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on November 05, 2014:

Nell, Im sorry LOL.. I know this is serious,... but that Star Trek Reference just floored me and I can't stop laughing.. bless you girl

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on November 05, 2014:

Hi Nell,

Had one before and will be having one again in a couple weeks. I'm not looking forward to it, but I know it has to be. Thanks for all the "details". Anyone should be prepared now!

gottaloveit2 on October 17, 2014:

Excellent read about a very difficult subject. I have yet to get this done but must. You've inspiring me (sort of).

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 03, 2014:

Hi Getit, lol! yes sorry for being so graphic! I wanted it to be real so to speak, so many others on the same subject all over Google but nobody has told it like it is, thanks for reading, and I really mean that! LOL!

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 03, 2014: shall I say this? EW! I actively avoid reading articles about the inner workings of our meaty shells....but who can resist a hub titled "Ye Gods My Poor Butt!" Not me, that's for sure! Despite it not being my favorite subject matter, I admit that I actually found this pretty darned interesting. I mean, I don't want the experience myself, you understand, but if I HAD to get it done, this hub actually helped me be more relaxed(?) about it. Voted up and Useful.

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 07, 2014:

Thanks Glimmer I thought I would tell it like it is, lol! yes that prep is a nightmare, the best advice is really to take it two days before the procedure, not one, so the next day we can have a lie in to make us feel ready for it, nell

Claudia Porter on August 07, 2014:

Ugh, not a pretty picture, but important message. I've had a couple of these and the prep is always horrible. I get very sick on it and I also tend to get sick afterwards.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 11, 2014:

Hi Meg, lol! yep you will need two toilets! it was a funny nightmare! that's the only way to put it! thanks for reading, nell

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on July 11, 2014:

Wow! Amazing. Thank you so much for writing this. I have never had this procedure and I hope never to need it but now at least I know what to expect and what to do. All I can say is, thank goodness we have two toilets in our house because it sounds as if one of them would be occupied full time for at least a day beforehand. Very funny too - it's always good to be able to see the humour in a situation!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 04, 2014:

LOL! Hiya LadyF, I just read your amazing hub! Wow! what a beautiful island you live on! I am so jealous!

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on July 04, 2014:

LOL seems like I know how to tickle your spot. By the way you almost made my tablet fall from me when I was laughing at your hub :) That would have been a costly hub.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 04, 2014:

LOL! I will pass the Hi along to her Majesty! thanks for making me laugh LadyFiddler!

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on July 04, 2014:

LOL OMG what a procedure the cartoon pic is funny . Your hub was very engaging and comical though it was a serious shitty affair lmbo. Thanks for putting a smile on our faces and nope i do not want to take either or of the test GROSS!

Have an enjoyable weekend and if you see the Queen tell her hi for me ;)

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 02, 2014:

Thanks Minnetonka, lol! yes you have to laugh or else you will cry! haha! I got so used to the can I could tell you how many cracks in the wall and paint splodges on the ceiling there are!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on July 02, 2014:

I just love your refreshing sense of humor. You handled the procedure really good if you ask me. So glad you got the 'all good results'. My twinner just had her first one a few months ago. The poor thing was in the can most of the evening. She finally decided to stay in there after she'd take another dose as she learned like you, accidents happen. I have not had the guts (LOL-made a funny) to have one yet but I know I will eventually. Thanks for the honest education on these oscopy procedures. I was laughing through most of this hub with your down to earth lingo.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 25, 2014:

Hi Torrs, yes its not something we forget easily is it? even if we get put out, we still have that horrible prep in the first place! lol! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 25, 2014:

Hi cecile, sorry that she missed reading this before she went, I hope she's okay, yes its a bit uncomfortable afterwards, and that air or gas, yikes!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 25, 2014:

Hi CrisSp, LOL! yep that tax will do it every time! thanks so much for reading, nell

Tori Canonge from North Carolina on June 25, 2014:

Ugh, this just brings back all sorts of memories for me! I had a colonoscopy a week after turning 17 because I was having all sorts of stomach trouble. I kept myself out of school all week in preparation for that dumb thing. My drink tasted beyond awful and I had the worst time getting through it. Thankfully, they put me under for the procedure because they did an Upper GI scope at the same time.

Cecile Portilla from West Orange, New Jersey on June 25, 2014:

Very thorough and useful information for people who need to under a colonoscopy.

However, your hub is one day late Nell. My daughter had a colonocopy yesterday and she was not happy. She said that she felt uncomfortable after the procedure and feels sure that they pumped her full of gas.

torrilynn on June 24, 2014:

You are more than welcome, nell.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on June 24, 2014:

Oh gosh! Now, this is literally pain in the a*s. Thanks for sharing your own experience Nell. I hope I don't need to undergo any of this butt procedure.

So far, the only pain in the rear that I have experienced and have been experiencing annually is paying tax. It's painful and it's sucky! :(

Up, interesting, informative, useful and yes funny! Passing the pain, after all sharing is caring. :)

Glad to know you're well and that you won't be frequenting the loo anymore.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 20, 2014:

Hi torrilynn, yes its pretty gruesome! lol! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 20, 2014:

HI moonlake, thanks so much for reading, yes putting something down your throat is pretty close to the procedure at the other end! not nice, and can make you panic, all people should be put out, its a nightmare! lol! thanks for reading, nell

torrilynn on June 20, 2014:

My grandma has a colonoscopy done about a year ago. She told me that she couldn't eat before the test and that they had hear drink some liquid mixture and overall that the experience was awful. haha. But I like how your steps have humor attached to them. nice article overall. thanks. voted up.

moonlake from America on June 19, 2014:

Nell you went through heck. I had a coolonoscopy and was put under so that wasn't bad. Many long years ago I had what was called a procto. When they said they were going to look at my tonsils with the procto I can tell you that hurt. Afterwards they left the room I had to get off the table myself and find a bathroom fast, I didn't know where it was. I said I would never go through it again. Maybe the procto is the same as your sigmoidoscopy. If they’re not going to put me under I’m not going to do it. Glad you’re ok. Voted up and shared.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 18, 2014:

Hi Deb, thanks so much for reading, yes I was pretty naïve to tell the truth, and of course thought I knew it all! no sedative? what the hell? glad you liked it and thanks, nell

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 18, 2014:

I'm sure that your account will help a few people know what they are in for. I'd hate to go in blind like you did.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 17, 2014:

Hi suzette, it was my fault I should have taken some, I thought it would be fine, never again! lol! it was my idea to have it, they never suggested it, but I wanted to be safe and not worry, thanks so much for reading, nell

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on June 17, 2014:

You were a real trouper, Nell, but they really should have given you some sort of anesthia or numbing. I had a muscle relaxer and some sort of anesthia but I was awake for the procedure. You wrote this with a great attitude and tongue in cheek . Thank heavens you don't have cancer!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 17, 2014:

Hi kitty, lol! you have seen it first hand? now that must have been an experience! oh that saying, certain age! LOL! its my birthday tomorrow so my certain age has just gone up! thanks so much for reading, nell

Kitty Fields from Summerland on June 17, 2014:

Great guide to those who need to prepare themselves. I've actually been in the room to see these done live...and I decided I would never be a nurse in that arena! LOL. But yes, it's good that everyone has it done, especially once you hit a certain age. Great article as always, Nell!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 17, 2014:

Hi rebecca, lol! you have to see the funny side otherwise its just horrible! thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 17, 2014:

Hi Phyllis, I wish I had been put out! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 17, 2014:

Hi Denise, thanks so much for the share, good luck for the test when you have one, and don't make the same mistakes as me! lol!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 17, 2014:

You reminded me that it is time for another colonoscopy for me. I had one about 4 years ago. Yuck. I hate them. You did a good job describing this awful thing and injecting some humor. I'm glad you got good results!

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on June 16, 2014:

Well, it is something that needs to be done to all of us, and it is good to write about the importance of this checkup. It is about time for my annual 'look/see'. Last year was my first time and I fell asleep, did not know a thing till I woke up and the doc said "see you next year!" Well done, Nell.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on June 16, 2014:

Oh gosh, Nell...I am so overdue for this test. I've had it done one time and that about 'done me in'! A good friend recently had his done...he is so timely with all of his health needs, not like me. I just keep avoiding...

Well written with humor and humility. lol Thanks for the info-truly interesting and informative. UP/U/I/F and shared.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 14, 2014:

Hi Vellur, thanks so much for reading, yes its not nice, but well worth having, glad you liked it, and thanks, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 14, 2014:

Hi Alastar, the semi is just to check the mid to lower half, because that was where I was having the problems, if they think you need more then you have to have the colonoscopy, and yes that darn sedative! lol! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 14, 2014:

Hi Alicia, thanks so much for reading, yes I am glad I had the test, and procedure but it was pretty hairy! lol! but that doesn't matter, thanks, nell

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 14, 2014:

It must have been quite tiring and difficult to undergo this procedure thank you for explaining , now I know what to expect if I ever go in for this procedure. Thought very painful now you must have a lot of peace of mind knowing that all is well inside.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on June 14, 2014:

Oh yeah, why would a person just have the semi-procedure?

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on June 14, 2014:

What a colonoscopy diary, told in an inimitable nell rose style..a good reminder to get the procedure and a very good, or bad depending, evacuation list of items to have but, always take the sedative nell!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 13, 2014:

This is a very amusing hub, Nell! It's good that you had the test and that you described your experiences. A colonoscopy can be very important, especially for people at risk for colon cancer.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 13, 2014:

Hi Jo, thanks so much! I just thought that I would tell it like it is, there are loads explaining the procedure but not the human element behind it, so that would be amazing thank you. If it helps someone to calm down, or even laugh at the most inappropriate moment then that's great! lol! have a wonderful weekend, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 13, 2014:

Hi Thelma, lol! thanks so much for reading it, and i do hope it helps if you have to have it done, nell

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on June 13, 2014:

Nell, I should really print this out and hand it to my patients, I may still print and place on the notice board. Hilariously funny but so true. Good practical advice from the patient's point of view, priceless. I'm so glad all is well, my best to you.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 12, 2014:

Lol! I love the way you write it Nell. You write it the way it was with you. Thanks God you´re okay now. I hope I will never have this experience but if I have to, at least I know how it will be. Thanks for this funny, useful, informative hub. Awesome! Take care;-)

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 12, 2014:

Hi lovedoc, thanks so much for reading, sorry that your dad had a long wait too, its awful, if they could just get us in, and sorted it wouldn't be so bad, thanks, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 12, 2014:

Hi cc, lol! I do understand, nobody likes to feel vulnerable and embarrassed, but in my case I was so much in pain I didn't give a damn! lol! and to be honest I was aware that many people had been in there with the same things being done to them, so hey who cares? lol! thanks for reading, nell

lovedoctor926 on June 12, 2014:

Hi Nell, thanks for sharing your personal experience with us. This procedure sounds painful and uncomfortable. My dad recently had one done and sat in the waiting room for several hours too. Everything turned out fine. He also had to take all that prep medication. I like the humor here and title is catchy. I'm glad that you survived. Great hub! useful info and good visuals.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 12, 2014:

Hi travmaj, thanks so much for reading, I am sure you would be great if it happens to you, it all depends on the docs and the hospital, good luck if you do have it, thanks, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 12, 2014:

Hi Dianna, lol! thanks for reading, and I am glad your sister is okay, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 12, 2014:

Hi shara, thanks so much, tell it like it is I say, lol! I just mentally wrote it down as each thing occurred, thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 12, 2014:

Hi Peg, lol! me too! I do wonder why they can't come up with something better, or less uncomfortable, and I am glad that your husband is fine, thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 12, 2014:

Thanks for reading John, as they say we live and learn! lol! the trouble with me was I was a bit gung ho as we say, its fine, nothing can go wrong etc, and it didn't go wrong, but it was darn unpleasant! lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 12, 2014:

Hi Pamela, glad you were fine, over here they say you can't be put completely out as its dangerous, not sure if its true or maybe the sedatives are pretty good at knocking you out nearly, thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 12, 2014:

Hi Nellianna, sorry to hear that, its awful isn't it? and yes I totally agree with you, it certainly made me feel that I should change my diet, which I have done now, and its a lot better thank goodness, thanks so much for reading, and have a wonderful day, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 12, 2014:

Thanks so much Peggy, don't worry this is just my story, many others have it done without a problem, I think the problem was that I should have had the pre meds a couple of days before, not the day before, that was the trouble, and thanks so much for the share, nell

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 12, 2014:

My doctor is recommending one just for safety sake and I have not yet taken him up on his "offer." I know that it is best to find minor problems before they become major. Reading this was funny but also informative. I will know what to expect should I decide to go ahead with this. Already retweeted because I knew you would do a good job with this. After now reading it, will also pin and Google+ it and share with my followers. Thanks for writing this in such a humorous vein.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on June 12, 2014:

Been there, done that. I've had several of them over the years, but it seems the gremlins who devise these things have accelerated their efforts. The last one I got was the worst and cured me of the procedure. If I didn't have problems in my 'guts' before, it is conceivable I could have developed some as a result of it.

The procedure itself is no picnic but the prep is worse, and there is no anesthesia for that! One has to go through that torture on one's own - - not that one would want company during the ordeal! Then follows days to begin to get one's regularity reestablished after the purge and irritation of the prep and the procedure. Not a healthy thing!

It's a good incentive to make whatever changes in diet and lifestyle might be needed in order to avert the hazards of the possible colon diseases AND to avoid the need for the procedures!

Your article is good reading, at any rate. Gets my votes, Nell.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 12, 2014:

My doctor pushed me until I agreed to a colonoscopy because my grandmother died of colon cancer. I am glad you explained the whole procedure so well wo other will know what to expect. I was put out for the procedure, so it was not bad. The PREP OMG I thought that would kill me. Besides staying in the bathroom for what seemed like a lifetime, I got nauseated for a while and that who night was not meant for sleep. Anyway, I had no polyps, so I don't see why I should ever considering repeating that test. Great hub, very useful and funny.

John MacNab from the banks of the St. Lawrence on June 12, 2014:

Nice one Nell. I have a colonoscopy every 2 or 3 years, but I don't go through what you went through - I get put under, thank God. If it meant going through what you went through I wouldn't do it.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 12, 2014:

What an experience to go through. I understand the valid reasons for doing this procedure but I have to wonder, what sadistic person came up with such a thing? I had this done in 1992 back when they didn't put you under anesthesia and I decided NEVER again. They will have to knock me completely out if I ever do it again.

The hubby had this procedure in February at the same time as an Upper GI to examine his esophagus. He was terrified, but the Doctor and the entire staff were compassionate, efficient and he could barely believe it when I told him it was already over. We were blessed to find out some issues that needed medication to avoid future complications and delighted that he went through with it.

He agrees that the preparation was indeed the worst of it all.

Farhat from Delhi on June 11, 2014:

Nell dear, salutes to ur guts & heavy applauds to your sense of humour ...All horror & agony through the process, you presented beautifully wrapped in the giggles & tickles that inspite of its repugnant kind & procedure one can't refuse it straight away if by chance they meet the same fate for undergoing the process some day...... Awesome & worth voting!

Dianna Mendez on June 11, 2014:

You had me laughing! I can see myself in your writing: apprehensive and real-life attitude. My sister just had this done last week and they did put her under for the procedure. I enjoyed your post, Nell.

travmaj from australia on June 11, 2014:

I'm with cclitgirl, I too was very brave to read it and I agonised with you every step of the way. You make me laugh too. I am not good at medical procedures and that's an understatement!. Help, only recently a colonoscopy was vaguely suggested. My friend recently went through this procedure and she agrees, the worst part was the preparation. So glad nothing untoward was revealed for you. Nice ending! Cheers Nell

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on June 11, 2014:

Okay I was giggling out of embarrassment and writing in horror for not only you, but the thought of ever having to go through this. I tell you I really hate to go to the doctors. I even wrote a hub about it one time - how much I would rather just die (not literally, haha) than go to the doctor. I get so darned embarrassed so easily and I'm just always so mortified. Of course, it doesn't help that I'm completely skiddish and can't deal with anything medical - it makes my veins crawl with what feel like a million ants. hahaha. But, your humor was well-placed and awesome. :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2014:

Hi heidi, lol! no pill unfortunately! just gallons of brake fluid! Haha! thanks so much for reading, nell

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on June 11, 2014:

The worst part is drinking the gallon or two of prep fluid. You mean they don't have a pill for that? Ugh! But won't have to do it again for some years. Yay! Take care of yourself, Nell!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2014:

Hi Miz, sorry, I missed your comment, I took horrible meds on the day before the sig, and never ate anything, I do think we should be able to take it two days before, without food, that way it would be much better, I can't imagine having it done at the doctors! Wow! that must have been hairy, sorry couldn't resist! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2014:

Hi Jackie, lol! hope there won't be a next time for it! but glad I had it done though, it was just a really weird experience! thanks so much as always, nell

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 11, 2014:

Been there, done that. lol Everyone should indeed have it done and now you can feel good about yourself for awhile. At least if there is a next time we won't be scared. I think I have had every test known to man and most of them before I was 30! Relaxing is the key to everything to not be so painful. Glad you are cancer free my dear friend, may you always be.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2014:

Thanks mary! lol! yes they keep that quiet don't they? thanks so much for reading, nell

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 11, 2014:

If the doctor told the patient how uncomfortable the prep would be, I don't think anyone would have the procedure done!! I spent at least 24 hours sitting on the toilet!

The procedure was not that bad; just the prep.

Thanks for sharing this lovely journey with us, ha.ha

Voted UP, etc. and shared.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 11, 2014:

Nell, this would be funny if I didn’t remember how bad the damned thing hurt until I started going to a gastro doc who put me out. Years ago my first was a sigmoidoscopy at my doctor’s office. When in the stirrups (I was on my back) and in pain, his nurse’s long hair got caught in my toes. Funny but not funny. He discovered a bend in my colon and couldn’t complete the test, then it was off to radiology for barium. That was nearly 15 years ago, and I’ve had gastric problems ever since. Especially every time I go in for a virtual colonoscopy, since that is all they can do on someone with a “redundant” colon.

Maybe they don’t do this where you live because you didn’t mention your diet on prep day. Apple juice, broth, and Jello, lots of jello, any color but red, and they have the gall to call it a meal. Today I can’t look at lime Jello without thinking of a colonoscopy. And all those photos were so wonderfully accurate.

Anyway, I’m glad you made it through and they didn’t find anything. My family has a history of colon cancer, I lost my mother, grandmother and uncle to it, so I know how devastating it can be. I urge anybody to get past the em-BARE-ASS-ment git er done! Voted you up+++

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2014:

Lol! thanks Blond Logic! well someone had to put it in graphic words! lol! yes it was just like a broom cupboard! I could have helped sweep up when I was waiting! and oh that cuppa was lovely! thanks so much for reading, and making me laugh! nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2014:

Hi Daisy, that's terrible! and I would imagine really frightening too. The sigmoidoscopy is not the full one, but its nearly as bad, in a way I am glad I never had sedatives purely because I could control how much they actually hurt at the time by telling them to slow down etc, but as you say the pain is beyond words, especially if you have scars or other issues, I do wish they could find another way to do it. And yes I had two benign polyps which they left, and said maybe come back another time, yes its something we should all do, it takes about less than half hour but great for your peace of mind, thanks so much for reading, nell

Mary Wickison from USA on June 11, 2014:

I knew we could count on your to give the real scoop on the story. None of those, flowery metaphors from you. You tell it like it is, and it is better for it.

When you went in, it sounds like they put you in the broom cupboard. LOL

I love the British mentality, have a biscuit and a cup of tea and everything will be better. They did the same after I gave birth.

Glad you are okay and shared your experience with us.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2014:

Hi Martie, that's so true, I am glad I had it, but I was annoyed at the lack of help in the waiting room, nobody else was there, not even the patients, just me sitting there getting more and more nervous, but its well worth doing, thanks again, nell

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on June 11, 2014:


Thanks for publishing your excellent Hub. I had a colonoscopy a few weeks ago.

I wasn't given enough sedative, and I woke up half-way through the procedure. I won't go into the details, but the pain was terrible. I wasn't even groggy. I was fully awake.

The gastroenterologist found four polyps. Thankfully, they were benign. Colon cancer is easy to detect. In spite of the unpleasant preparation procedures, the test is something which everyone should have.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on June 11, 2014:

What an awful experience! Certainly one I hope I will never need. But what will we not do in exchange for peace of mind? Glad you have it now, Nell :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2014:

lol! thanks Jodah, sorry about the graphics! I thought I would tell it like it is, most times we just read about the procedure but nobody tells the personal side, hope you never need one, but I am sure you would be fine with it, and thanks for reading, nell

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 11, 2014:

Um Nell, not a pleasant subject but it's good to see someone brave enough to write about their experience and it is a great help to others to know what to expect. I have never had to have a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy (you were so brave initiating it yourself), but have had a couple of prostate tests. That's enough for me...I'm chicken. Glad everything is ok with you. Voted up.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2014:

Hi Linda, that's great! glad its okay for you, over here we don't get put out so to speak, just a small sedative, so not sure if it would be okay or not. Good luck for your July one, and oh those pre med stuff! lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2014:

Hi Radcliff, lol! yes that title! and oh so true! thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful day!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on June 11, 2014:

Way to go Nell with being proactive with your health. I had 2 colonoscopies and I had no problems. I was nervous for the first one, not so much the second. I go every 3 years so my next one is in July...OMG that's next month. Wow, how time flies....

Liz Davis from Hudson, FL on June 11, 2014:

First of all, best title ever.

I felt so bad for you as I read this! I'm sure you're glad it's over and done with!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2014:

Hi bravewarrior, lol! you have to have a sense of humor otherwise it will drive you nuts! LOL! seriously, make sure you take the sedative even if its only for the Sig. not nice otherwise! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2014:

Thanks Debra, that's awful that you were at work! ouch! I should have had the sedative, ah well never mind. sorry to hear you have to have it regularly, and glad I made you laugh! lol!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 11, 2014:

I've never had either of these procedures, although they are recommended once you jump over that 50 hump. You made this sound hilarious (and gross). I'm sure it helped to keep your sense of humor through the ordeal. I'd be a total baby about it. I'd have to be put out for sure!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2014:

LOL! Hi Ruby! yes well that's exactly what it looks and tastes like! not that I would know what liquid fertilizer tastes like and to be honest I don't think I will take up farming to find out! haha! glad I had it done though, and thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2014:

Thanks DDE, no its not nice, but it is necessary, pity they can't come up with a better way to take the pre meds though! lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2014:

Hi starbright, lol! yes it was a definite Ye Gods moment! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

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