think

Greenback, TN

#1 Sep 9, 2009
no jokes please. i have had several of these,but this time i was given something new to cleanse with.....please no laughter and this is no pun. the new cleanser is called,get this "movieprep" at first i thought it was "move". has any one tried this new prep?. you take it the night before and the morning of the test.
and for any one out there who hasn't had the test yet, it is nothing. you do not know anything during the test. the hardest thing is the prep. get you a good book and all the clear liquids you can stomach,and hope no one you know has to be driven somewhere by you because you can't leave the house.
cancer found by this test is easily treated if found in time.
I agree

United States

#2 Sep 9, 2009
The test itself is the easy part. You don't even know it's being done. But, the prep is awful. I have heard that they have a prep for ppl who can't drink that nasty stuff. I heard it's a pill one pill. Does anyone know if this is true.

But, I quess one day of gagging down that nasty stuff is worth the peace of mind of knowing you don't have colon cancer.

And the test also can find other problems such as polyps that can turn into cancer.

And if no problems are found you don't have to have another one for five yrs. i'm sure that depend's on your family history and your health too tho.
no name

Kingsport, TN

#3 Sep 9, 2009
The prep. is alfull. mom mother needs one done .She refused to go threw with it because of the prep. She is to weak right now. That stuff is rough.
no name

Kingsport, TN

#4 Sep 9, 2009
woops I can't spell (my mother) sorry!
think

Greenback, TN

#5 Sep 9, 2009
I agree wrote:
The test itself is the easy part. You don't even know it's being done. But, the prep is awful. I have heard that they have a prep for ppl who can't drink that nasty stuff. I heard it's a pill one pill. Does anyone know if this is true.
But, I quess one day of gagging down that nasty stuff is worth the peace of mind of knowing you don't have colon cancer.
And the test also can find other problems such as polyps that can turn into cancer.
And if no problems are found you don't have to have another one for five yrs. i'm sure that depend's on your family history and your health too tho.
they have moved it up to 10 yrs.if everything was ok.i had to have another this year even though it was five yrs.since my last one because of breast cancer.
anyone can endure the prep for one 1 1/2 days considering if everything is alright you don't have to do it for 10 yrs.
most people i know wih colon cancer say they wished they had went earlier for their test.one and a half day is nothing compared with getting help when it has grown so much that it's hard to kill the cancer.
think

Greenback, TN

#6 Sep 9, 2009
no name wrote:
The prep. is alfull. mom mother needs one done .She refused to go threw with it because of the prep. She is to weak right now. That stuff is rough.
the nurse at the office said she has had no complaints with this new prep. i have had about 5 colonoscopies. the first i cried like a baby it hurt so bad. then they changed the prep and i did just fine. it's like having a bad stomach bug. she needs some vaseline are baby oinment. you can drink 7-up,gatorade anything with sugar and you won't get so weak. also tylenol for headache.
Oh no

Detroit, MI

#7 Sep 9, 2009
I have only had one colonoscopy and I drank movie prep because that was what my doctor ordered. This stuff is absolutely horrible, and the last dose came up faster than it went down. There are other alternatives, and yes, there are pills that accomplish the same goal. The next time I will definitely opt for the pill and not movie prep.
I agree

United States

#8 Sep 10, 2009
no name wrote:
The prep. is alfull. mom mother needs one done .She refused to go threw with it because of the prep. She is to weak right now. That stuff is rough.
I know what your saying here. My precious Mother was the same way.She had all the signs of colon cancer and she was very week and frail.

I begged her to get a colonocopy as did her Dr.
She never would have one. And honstly I don't think she could have made it thru it. She passed away and the Dr. said she did have cancer.

But, here's what infuriated me. The Dr. didn't say anything about cancer until after she passed away. He said even if she had of had the test and the cancer was found that she would not have been a candidate for treatment because she was to week and frail. I miss her every day of my life.

I would encourage people to get one while they are still healthy. If found it's very treatable. As for your Mom I would talk to her Dr. to see if she could do a easier prep. Best of luck to you and your Mother.
Jay

Gainesville, GA

#9 Sep 10, 2009
"movieprep", huh? I bet when the doctor starts the procedure he yells "Its Showtime!!!. Just kiddin.
Possum

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#10 Sep 10, 2009
no name wrote:
The prep. is alfull. mom mother needs one done .She refused to go threw with it because of the prep. She is to weak right now. That stuff is rough.
Mom refused a possible life saving procedure because she didn't like the prep? I hope you took after your dad.
A Nonny Mouse

Chatsworth, GA

#11 Sep 10, 2009
EVERYBODY oughta have it done when they hit The Big 50...Colorectal cancer is pretty insidious, by the time it shows itself, generally, its too late to do much about it, but a colonoscopy can show it when there's still time. No, the getting "Cleaned Out" part ain't much fun, but its just one of those things you gotta go thru...
due to have another one

Moselle, MS

#12 Sep 10, 2009
Yes, I will have the next one. It is worth every bit of the discomfort to know you don't have a slow colon cancer eating away at you.
The prep is inconvenient and uncomfortable, but worth it.
no way

United States

#13 Sep 10, 2009
Possum wrote:
<quoted text>Mom refused a possible life saving procedure because she didn't like the prep? I hope you took after your dad.
Possum obviously you have not been around many if any seniors. Alot of them are so week they can't even bath or take care of themselves.

You don't undersatnd when older ppl get in that situation things like a coloncopy is alot harder for them.
what

Sevierville, TN

#14 Sep 10, 2009
no way wrote:
<quoted text>
Possum obviously you have not been around many if any seniors. Alot of them are so week they can't even bath or take care of themselves.
You don't undersatnd when older ppl get in that situation things like a coloncopy is alot harder for them.
Huh?
reader of this board

Cleveland, TN

#15 Sep 10, 2009
I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make
an appointment for a colonoscopy.
A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color
diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place,
at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis.
Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a
thorough, reassuring and patient manner.
I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything
he said, because my brain was shrieking,'HE'S GOING
TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR BEHIND!'
I left Andy's office with some written instructions, and
a prescription for a product called 'MoviPrep,'
which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven.
I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now
suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into
the hands of America's enemies.
I spent the next several days productively sitting around
being nervous.
Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my
preparation. In accordance with my instructions, I didn't eat
any solid food that day; all I had was chicken broth, which
is basically water, only with less flavor.
Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two
packets of powder together in a one-liter plastic
jug, then you fill it with lukewarm water.(For those
unfamiliar with the metric system, a liter is about 32
gallons). Then you have to drink the whole jug. This
takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes - and here I am
being kind - like a mixture of goat spit and urinal
cleanser, with just a hint of lemon.
The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody
with a great sense of humor, state that after you drink it,'a loose,
watery bowel movement may result.'
This is kind of like saying that after you jump off your roof,
you may experience contact with the ground.
MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don't want to be too graphic,
here, but, have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch?
This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you
as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the commode
had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined
to the bathroom, spurting violently. You eliminate
everything. And then, when you figure you must be
totally empty, you have to drink another liter of MoviPrep,
at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel
into the future and start eliminating food that you have not
even eaten yet.
reader of this board

Cleveland, TN

#16 Sep 10, 2009
Part 2

After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep.
The next morning my wife drove me to the clinic. I was very
nervous. Not only was I worried about the procedure, but I
had been experiencing occasional return bouts of MoviPrep
spurtage. I was thinking,'What if I spurt on
Andy?' How do you apologize to a friend for something
like that? Flowers would not be enough.
At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I
understood and totally agreed with whatever the heck the
forms said. Then they led me to a room full of other
colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little curtained
space and took off my clothes and put on one of those
hospital garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind
that, when you put it on, makes you feel even more naked
than when you are actually naked.
Then a nurse named Eddie put a little needle in a vein in my left
hand. Ordinarily I would have fainted, but Eddie
was very good, and I was already lying down. Eddie
also told me that some people put vodka in their MoviPrep.
At first I was ticked off that I hadn't thought of this,
but then I pondered what would happen if you got yourself
too tipsy to make it to the bathroom, so you were staggering
around in full Fire Hose Mode. You would have no
choice but to burn your house.
When everything was ready, Eddie wheeled me into the procedure
room, where Andy was waiting with a nurse and an
anesthesiologist. I did not see the 17,000-foot tube,
but I knew Andy had it hidden around there somewhere.
I was seriously nervous at this point.
Andy had me roll over on my left side, and the anesthesiologist
began hooking something up to the needle in my hand.
There was music playing in the room, and I realized that the song
was 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA. I remarked to
Andy that, of all the songs that could be playing during
this particular procedure,'Dancing Queen' had to be
the least appropriate.
'You want me to turn it up?' said Andy, from somewhere behind
me.
'Ha ha,' I said. And then it was time, the moment I
had been dreading for more than a decade. If you are
squeamish, prepare yourself, because I am going to tell you,
in explicit detail, exactly what it was like.
I have no idea. Really. I slept through it.
One moment, ABBA was yelling 'Dancing Queen, feel
the beat of the tambourine,' and the next moment, I was
back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood.
Andy was looking down at me and asking me how I felt. I
felt excellent. I felt even more excellent when Andy
told me that it was all over, and that my colon had passed
with flying colors. I have never been prouder of an internal
organ.
On the subject of Colonoscopies...
Colonoscopies are no joke, but these comments during the exam were quite
humorous... A physician claimed that the following are
actual comments made by his patients (predominately male)
while he was performing their colonoscopies:
1.'Take it easy, Doc. You're boldly going where no man
has gone before!'
2.'Find Amelia Earhart yet?'
3.'Can you hear me NOW?'
4.'Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?'
5.'You know, in Arkansas, we're now legally married.'
6.'Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?'
7.'You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out...'
8.'Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!'
9.'If your hand doesn't fit, you must quit!'
10.'Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity.'
11.'You used to be an executive at Enron, didn't you?'
12.'God, now I know why I am not gay.'
And the best one of all:
13.'Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?'
reader of this board

Cleveland, TN

#17 Sep 10, 2009
Part 1....sorry it got swapped.

I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make
an appointment for a colonoscopy.

A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color
diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place,
at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis.
Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a
thorough, reassuring and patient manner.

I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything
he said, because my brain was shrieking,'HE'S GOING
TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR BEHIND!'

I left Andy's office with some written instructions, and
a prescription for a product called 'MoviPrep,'
which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven.
I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now
suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into
the hands of America's enemies.

I spent the next several days productively sitting around
being nervous.

Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my
preparation. In accordance with my instructions, I didn't eat
any solid food that day; all I had was chicken broth, which
is basically water, only with less flavor.

Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two
packets of powder together in a one-liter plastic
jug, then you fill it with lukewarm water.(For those
unfamiliar with the metric system, a liter is about 32
gallons). Then you have to drink the whole jug. This
takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes - and here I am
being kind - like a mixture of goat spit and urinal
cleanser, with just a hint of lemon.

The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody
with a great sense of humor, state that after you drink it,'a loose,
watery bowel movement may result.'

This is kind of like saying that after you jump off your roof,
you may experience contact with the ground.

MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don't want to be too graphic,
here, but, have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch?
This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you
as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the commode
had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined
to the bathroom, spurting violently. You eliminate
everything. And then, when you figure you must be
totally empty, you have to drink another liter of MoviPrep,
at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel
into the future and start eliminating food that you have not
even eaten yet.
A Nonny Mouse

Chatsworth, GA

#18 Sep 10, 2009
You oughta write for a stand-up comedian...STILL "Hee-Hawing"... The stuff they gave me was called "Go-Lighty"...They lied. You WENT alrite, but it was anything BUT "Lighty". Holly Golighty made me get rid of EVERYTHING that might have been stuck to the walls since the Nixon Administration. Only someone who's been thru this ordeal can truly appreciate it....
Possum

United States

#19 Sep 10, 2009
A Nonny Mouse wrote:
You oughta write for a stand-up comedian...STILL "Hee-Hawing"... The stuff they gave me was called "Go-Lighty"...They lied. You WENT alrite, but it was anything BUT "Lighty". Holly Golighty made me get rid of EVERYTHING that might have been stuck to the walls since the Nixon Administration. Only someone who's been thru this ordeal can truly appreciate it....
I tell people you can shit thru a screen door while taking Go-litely:)
Possum

United States

#20 Sep 10, 2009
no way wrote:
<quoted text>
Possum obviously you have not been around many if any seniors. Alot of them are so week they can't even bath or take care of themselves.
You don't undersatnd when older ppl get in that situation things like a coloncopy is alot harder for them.
I do understand older folks...heck,I'm one myself,but sometimes we have to be stuck for blood for the lab,have ct scans,swallow barium(chalk)if the test is for the upper GI,or do the cleaning of the bowels for a colonoscope.Old people especialy need these tests,and yes it's unconfortable for 2 days,but the peace of mind it brings is priceless.I also respect any person who refuses being tested for any reason.This is America,at least for a year or 2.

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