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Offline reece

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scared of dehydration
« on: February 23, 2014, 06:34:36 AM »
hi
i'm starting my prep for the colonscopy.  i'm drinking the magnesium this morning, then later this afternoon, i will do the miralax. then again at 3am.

i'm already bloated from the 2 glasses of water this morning. i don't know how i will drink enough to keep from being dehydrated.

i'm so scared about that. any info or reassurance/
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Re: scared of dehydration
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2014, 07:17:36 AM »
This is a procedure that is done MANY, MANY times.  I never heard of anyone who got dehydrated.  If they thought there was a possibility I am sure they would give you some warning signs to look out for and then you could rectify the situation.  You'll be fine, this is a VERY common procedure.
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Re: scared of dehydration
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2014, 08:53:47 AM »
Typically they have you mix the miralax with yellow gatorade so that will prevent dehydration.  I've had a couple of colonoscopies - dehydration was never an issue.  Besides, my doc told me I could drink water if I wanted.  They just don't want any poop in your bowels to obstruct your view or any liquid which could be mistaken for blood.  Which is why they specify yellow gatorade and/or water.  But thats just my doc - give yours a call.

Ultimately however, you're not going to get severely dehydrated overnight
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Offline reece

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Re: scared of dehydration
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2014, 09:30:23 AM »
thank you both. i'm pretty anxious about the whole thing, naturally, so....

how much water should i drink today to prevent dehydration?

and, i think you are right, one day of it will not give me severe dehydration...(i'll keep repeating this to myself)
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Re: scared of dehydration
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2014, 09:55:46 AM »
honestly the amount of liquid that you'll need to mix the miralax with will prevent the dehydration but if you're thirsty have a glass of water.  there is no need to go overboard here.  You've probably gone longer times without taking liquids.  Ever sleep for 10-12 hours?  No liquids then and no problems either.  You'll be fine
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Re: scared of dehydration
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2014, 10:03:51 AM »
When I read the topic title I thought you were having some kind of stomach virus, because severe vomiting / diarrhea can lead to dehydration.

There is no chance in the world that you would dehydrate like this. Try to relax.
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Re: scared of dehydration
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2014, 10:10:39 AM »
thanks. i am having major diarrhea, of course, that is the point of the prep! LOL - i was also VERY nauseated after tihe first round of laxatives. so much that  i thought i would vomit, and that is really what scared me.   my dr is going to call in zofran, and i will probably take that before i start the next round.

i hope y'all don't mind being here for me all day/night today. i'm trying to relax, but posting here helps me to "get it out" and to feel better. it also helps pass the time while i'm sitting in the bathroom! :action-smiley-065:
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Re: scared of dehydration
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2014, 08:17:49 PM »
Good luck with the prep!  I've had two colonoscopies and the prep was by far the worst part. The actual procedure is weirdly pleasant thanks to all the drugs they give you.
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Re: scared of dehydration
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2014, 10:54:03 PM »
Just had one a week ago. Piece of cake. Just get your favorite Gatorade and drink one after each bottle of laxative.
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Re: scared of dehydration
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2014, 06:06:02 AM »
But its very important that you DON'T USE RED/PINK/PURPLE Gatordae - only use the Yellow.
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