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Colonoscopy Preparation With an Ileostomy

Posted by ZaliBee, on Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:57 pm
I am having my first colonoscopy this week and I have an ileostomy.  I dont understand why they have mailed me the golightly and pills to take after I heard that someone with an Ileo should never take laxatives.

Isn't it dangerous to drink a gallon of that vile demon liquid?
Reply by notexpectingthis, on Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:11 pm
I think somebody at the doc's office goofed up! Think about it - colonoscopy goes up to the small intestine - not through it!!!! If you drink that vile demon liquid - you WILL get dehydrated!!!!!  Think your prep is supposed to be two saline enemas the night before.
Reply by ZaliBee, on Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:14 pm
I can not take an enema, I have FaP and have had the colon, anus, rectum removal because of it.  But, maybe you are right.  I just do not know, I tried calling and spoke to some nurse but she kept insisting that I drink it, but something keeps telling me not to.  LOL
Reply by bag_n_drag, on Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:16 pm
I think notexpectingthis is right.  I would definitely call the Doc's office for clarification.

Right before my reversal surgery, I had the same thing happen.....only I have no large intestine left and had an ileo!  I went back in their offices and said "Uh....methinks we have a problem here!"  Once I refreshed the front office's memory about me having NO COLON; they backed off.

I didn't even have to do the enemas...but then, again, you can't cleanse what ya ain't got! Wink

Reply by ZaliBee, on Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:20 pm
Thank you guys so much.
Reply by ZaliBee, on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:55 am
I finally got ahold of my doctor in the GI clinic and she confirmed what the rest of you were saying.  Evidently  she put in the correct orders, but since I have to go down to the Gainvesville VA to have the procedure, they didn't actually look at my diagnosis, only that I needed a Colonoscopy.

I did put in a complaint however.  I had informed them that I had an Ileo and the clerks who answer phones at that facility didn't forward the question to a doctor or a GI Nurse, they just answered the question themselves, which is dangerous.  If I had been the sort of patient that did not question questionable procedures, they could have done serious harm.  Especially since they sent the full prep kit and kept insisting that I take the pills , the golightly and drink that fizzy stuff.  (shudder)
Reply by ron in mich, on Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:41 am
hi zalibee any time i had to clean out all i did was drink clear liquids like gatorade or green tea, chicken bullion etc. and that was all i needed no solid food.  ron
Reply by mooza, on Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:12 pm
good one darla but i did have some eww drink that went right through me oh a barium 2 weeks ago but it was some weird smelling kinda licorice taste and yes i waas dehydrated very fast but still they found no probs so im still waiting to find out why i had a nast enfection that had me spraweled out in hospital for 4 days ugh , but cant you ask the doctor us ileo's i have never had to drink the vile stuff wen i had all my operations your right no large bowel hmmm
Reply by notexpectingthis, on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:17 pm
I am SO glad you called them back & that you made a complaint - just because you work in a medical environment DOES NOT MEAN you know what you are talking about or are educated to give a patient advice!!!! KUDOS GIRL!!!!!
Reply by ZaliBee, on Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:22 pm

There were apologies all around when I showed up for my endoscopy (laughs)  I can't even imagine what I would have felt like if I had drank all of that Golightly on top of the laxatives they had ordered like fools.

They did say that they were going to change how they managed such situations againm which is good.  i would hate for someone else to receive that prep kit and not know that it would do them real harm.
Reply by ballpeen, on Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:30 pm
Hi Zalibee,  If your concerned, why don't you call the clinic that's doing the colonotomy and ask them why you have to do the preps, i did and the doctor told me that i didn't have to prep because I was getting a COLONoscopy, they sent the go-lightly and laxatives anyway.  I didn' take them and all went well. ask where they're going to put the slide scope. GOOD LUCK ZALI                BALLPEEN
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