Preparing for a Colonoscopy doesn’t have to be scary.

Preparing for a Colonoscopy doesn’t have to be scary.

Following instructions is important and you should always refer your questions to your medical professional.  Information here is provided to help people be more informed and to provide the ability to ask better questions.

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Colonoscopy is one of those words that invokes dread.  Most of the time the tests are done while under anesthesia but prep.  Dear lord the horror stories around prep just ooze out of the internet. Like the internet these tales are more inflated than is really necessary.  It’s time to look at prep as a necessity that when done properly makes sure your test goes well and isn’t that the real point here?

 

WHEN SHOULD I BEGIN PREPARING?

This is one of those questions you’ll find a lot of different answers to.  Prep begins the moment you and your doctor schedule your test.  One of the first things you’ll find while searching the internet is the seeming agreement between people who have experienced a colonoscopy is you should begin by softening your meals a few days before the actual prep.  Chicken, rice, soups and other light fare should be your meals of choice since these will pass through better and create less work for your body once you begin to fully evacuate your bowels with the prep kit.

 

HOW TO PREP?

 

Twitter user KimsGuts shared a blog about prep from Brita suffering from crohns disease.  Brita has used four different preps for her tests over the years and offers several suggestions on how to survive prep night.  One constant thing is no matter which prep method you may be using the goal is the same; clearing your bowels for the test.

 

You will spend a good amount of time drinking the prep and sitting in the bathroom.  This is where your iPad, charger and headphones can come in handy.  Since you will probably not want to stray too far from the toilet you can have some entertainment to try and distract you.

 

Most importantly you are clearing the old plumbing out so what can you do to help with the nagging hunger and get a little flavor going over those tastebuds?  Try Plain gelatin and fruit juices so you can make your own Jell-o.  Food dye in colors Red, Blue, and Purple are forbidden during prep so you are much better off making your own flavors.  Of course, the juices you use for the gelatin can also be drunk during prep to help you get by.

 

IT’S ALL WORTH IT

 

Be honest with yourself and be more like Larry in the video.  Detecting cancer early is the most direct route to beating it and a colonoscopy is certainly a better choice than the alternative.  Understand that you can do this and that there are millions of people, most of whom you don’t even know, out there pulling for your success.

 

Two of the best prep sites:

@FightCrC
Colon Cancer Alliance

 

#FUCK CANCER

January 30th 2016 Clint Cummings shared a video on his Instagram account where he was laying in a bed, looking at the camera and shuffling through index cards.  He used those cards to announce to the world he had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer.  During his announcement, Clint made it evident that he would fight the disease which is the second most deadly cancer and the most preventable.

Prevention is possible

 

Prevention of colorectal cancer begins with you and it can be a difficult and embarrassing issue.  The first task is knowing your body and knowing your bowel movements.  What all this means is you look for signs and discuss them with your doctor even if you are uncomfortable with the subject.  One of the first signs is changes in your bowel movements that don’t go away.  These changes can be things like constipation or diarrhea that last longer than a common cold.

 

Another sign can be the inability to clear your bowels even after you have finished your bowel movement.  This is a lot like the aforementioned constipation except you can go to the bathroom but you never quite feel like you have finished.

 

Bloody stools and rectal cramping are two symptoms you should discuss with your doctor immediately.  They are fairly obvious indicators something is wrong and should not be ignored.  This can also lead to or include pinched off, pencil thin stools.

 

Bloating, unexplained weight loss and fatigue are also indicators that you should discuss with your physician.  Often a simple blood test or stool test can be the next step to indicate a need for further testing.

 

How Do I Find Out?

 

Doctors have several testing options to determine the presence of cancer.  There is of course the colonoscopy, which everyone has heard of and makes most people uncomfortable, a test which can discover the precancerous polyps that lead to colorectal cancer and safely remove them.  This exam has a high success rate in the fight against colorectal cancer.

 

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is a less invasive test that can also predict colon and colorectal cancer.  This test allows for tissue biopsy and visible inspection for polyps of other indicators.

 

Why?

The author of the Twisted Tattoo Collector was friends with Clint Cummings and is carrying on the fight against this killer.  If you or someone you are close to is experiencing these symptoms please utilize any and all resources this website makes available and remember #FUCKCANCER.