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Preparing For An Endoscopy

Preparing for any kind of scope is uncomfortable to say the least. For patients living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, it’s not a new or uncommon process. Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis almost 10 years ago, I’ve been scoped probably close to 50 or 75 times now. – Don’t think I’m exaggerating.

The Love-Hate Relationship

Although it’s not fun and preparation isn’t for those with a weak stomach, it’s necessary. Scopes play an essential role in the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions.

My Tips

  1. Ask Questions: Write down your questions and concerns prior to your procedure. You can give the list to your doctor or caregiver incase you’re not feeling the best afterwards. Generally, I always bounce back pretty quickly after anesthesia, especially after quick procedures like these, but you never know.
  2. Follow Prep Instructions To The Best of Your Ability: Following the instructions for your procedure is super important. – I should know. I haven’t always been the best with “Bowel Prep.” In the past I would half a** it. Mainly because, well…. I was in pain. Don’t be like me. For those of you preparing for a scope of your bowels, you want them as clean and clear as possible so your doctor can get a good look and know how to move forward in the diagnosis and treatment process.
  3. Get It In Advance: Get all of the products you need in advance. – I didn’t and this left me super stressed the day before my procedure, which is the last thing any of us need. Many of us are placed on a clear liquids diet. – If you are, be sure to pick up your broth, popsicles, Jell-O and whatever else you heart desires, in advance.
  4. Mentally Prepare Yourself: Don’t allow the prep to distract you from the reason you’re doing this. – Remember your why. Mentally prepare yourself for the possibilities. The results of the exam. Remind yourself that whatever the result, you can handle it. Breathe deep. Meditate. Relax. It will be okay.

Support System

I haven’t always had the very best support system. I’ve been through ups and downs. People have come and gone, but it’s important. Having a support system and people you can rely on is essential for those of us living with chronic conditions. We need people to lean on, both literally and metaphorically.

I’m grateful for my sister and all of her support. She made this amazing “Procedure Pack” for me! Full of goodies! If your loved one is facing a scope of their pouch or colon and you’re looking for ways to comfort them, this would make an awesome little something! She included things like broth, Jello-O, air-freshener, pop sickles and even an adorable nightgown!

Whatever kind of endoscopy you’re facing, I wish you well. I hope you found this helpful. Let me know in the comments below how you’ve been “prepping!”

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Though mostly about IBD, this blog covers a wide array of issues.  Shawn covers complex issues, like how her identity as an African American intersects with her IBD.  I am taken aback by the depth of each post! Whether you’re a blogger or an IBDer, her posts are sure to offer tons of inspiration.   Collin, Jan. 9, 2019