At age 22, I’ve had 2 colonoscopies and more endoscopies than I can count on one hand. They’re never fun, but once you know what to expect, it makes it just a little bit easier. So what do most people not know? 1. The prep is the worst part, but….
It doesn’t stop once prep day is over. Not only do you have to deal with the horror that is prep day, the next day you get the fun surprise of pooping blood after the procedure. Add in that you’ll probably still be having loose or liquids stools for a couple of days (or more, if you had a two day prep), colonoscopy prep is the intestinal gift that just keeps on giving.
2. You will forever be biased against the flavor of your prep.
Both times I’ve had a colonoscopy done, my prep was lemon/lemon lime flavored. The first time was a lemonade (?) flavored prep I picked up from the pharmacy. The second time, I was asked to mix a whole bottle of Miralax with my favorite Powerade flavor. Only use your favorite Powerade flavor if 1. It’s not red, blue, pink, or purple and 2. You never want to drink that beverage again in your life. I’m even side-eyeing Sprite now. [Read more…]