MY CONONOSCOPY PREP WAS A HORROR SHOW!
Thankfully it went well in the end. after 2 failed colonoscopies (bc I wasn’t able to totally evacuate my unusually long colon and bc I have terrible gastropareses) I had to take a more aggressive root this time for my prep. It began a week before the actual procedure. I began by eliminating certain medications and vitamins, eating only easily digestible soft foods like eggs and “white” toast no grains whatsoever (I did a little cheating on this one bc I simply cannot and will not live without my freshly ground peanut butter ) and then moved into chicken noodle soup and sugar free Vanilla Jello pudding (which I encourage everyone to try; only 10gms of carbs each and wildly delicious!). Plus, I had to take 4TBS of Milk of Mag every evening.
The day before was a pure liquid diet. UGH. In the morning I began with a very soft fast, and Milk of Mag (lucky me). Then the rest of the day was all water and chicken broth. At 4pm I had to take 2 Ducolax, and at 5pm I had to take 28oz of Miralx combined with 64oz on water in a large pitcher, of which I needed to drink 8oz of every 10 minutes. it was soooo nauseating, It took me 2 full hours to complete! Within 1 hour,I began evacuating. And this continued during the night. In fact, I didnt sleep at all bc I was too afraid of any potential accidents. UGH.
What happened with my D:
during my fast, my BG plummeted to 32. I was NOT permitted to have anything orange, red or purple (who eats anything purple anyway??) so my husband ran out to the market and bought me a light colored Apple juice and white old fashioned sugar packets (4gms carbs each).
I lowered my basal to 80% but continued to go low (in the 40s and 50s) and treated with more apple juice. Exhausted from going low, I tempted fate and reduced my basal to 70%. This seemed to keep my BGs just above 70 for the rest of the day, minus a few lows. My overnight I continued to go low and had to treat with more apple juice. When I woke up at 6am, my BG was a comfortable 105, I took my meds and downed a full bottle of the most disgusting laxative in my entire life: Magnesium Citrate.
At 8:30am my BGs had popped up to 259 (holy moly). I treated with 1.5 units IM insulin into my mid-thigh muscle. I waited, but my BG only came down to 245 so I turned OFF my TB.
Before the procedure, I spoke with the anesthiologist about taking another correction injection, but he preferred I remain high until afterwards." Better high than low," he said. I was able to keep my pump and CGM on. After the procedure my BGs were still high. I took another IM shot, this time 2 units. It usually takes me about 1.5 hours to see an almost complete result (and 2 hours before my active insulin is out of my body)
When got home, my BG was 121 and I was ready to eat some very soft food. Shorty afterwards, I plummeted again into my 30s. My D day was a mess, but the doctors told me to expect about 3 days of wonky sugars and not to b concerned.
Glad to report that the surgeon said I had a completely successful colonoscopy, that I am healthy as an Ox, and I’ll C him in another 10 years. The nausea has continued on and off, which I was told to b normal. I had a successful overnight with BGs no higher than 103, waking up at 104.
Thats my story, and I am sticking with it. But PLEASE tell me about your experiences with this,and if you’ve never experienced this procedure, I hope this helps out even just one more D who is up for this experience!