Well, let’s see if I can cover all the bases. I was given something called “golightly” which made you do anything BUT, it was a rather large container of a rather salty (but not unpalatable) mixture, not unlike gatoraid that I had to drink a glass an hour starting sometime in the afternoon before the test. I know they also use mag citrate and oral fleets so the prep depends on physician preference.
The prep was actually the worst part. I have irritable bowel and that certainly irritated it. I didn’t get alot of sleep the night before because of running to the bathroom.
I had both the air and the enema. I don’t know that I would even call it painful, crampy like bad gas but not “painful”. But of course every person is different and how they perceive pain is different but I don’t know that I have ever had anyone tell me it really hurt.
It was difficult holding the barium in, I’m not going to kid you about that. I squeezed my butt checks till I thought I’d pop. After my first set of pictures they saw something they wanted a better picture of so they said HOLD IT A LITTLE LONGER (HA!!). I held it as long as I could but must admit to having a bit of an accident. But that happens all the time so other then me being embarressed it was no big deal.
With an ostomy I don’t know how it works, you certainly don’t have control over that!!
Barium can set up like cement in your intestines and cause lots of problems so they told me to drink lots and lots of fluids the few days following. I seem to remember they even told me to use metamucil to help move the barium through. I followed instructions and had no difficulties but the barium did appear in my stool for a couple days. Undoubtedly you will notice an increase in bulk of the stool in your ostomy bag, and it’s a chalky color which initially makes things look a bit funky.
I really don’t know how it all works with your ostomy, I would imagine it moves thorugh like it’s supposed to and I am sure they will encourage you to drink lots of fluids as well. As for the colon below the ostomy my “guess” and it’s only a guess, is that if they feel you are healed enough for re anastamosis then you should have no trouble passing the barium.
I now have colonoscopies every couple years so haven’t had to have the barium again, I’m not sure which is better. At lease with a colonoscopy you get to sleep through the indignity!!!
BEST WISHES for a good outcome. I am sure you must be anxious to have the ostomy undone. I have know several young women who have gone through the same ordeal and done very well.
You just don’t appreciate the joy of using the john till you can’t!