Badass wrote:I am so happy to be rid of imodum and lomotil! They are helpful in a pinch but I really feel they were not good for me on an ongoing basis. I felt fuzzy-brained and depressed and I have read recently that anti-cholinergics are associated with dementia. Yikes!
I have renewed energy since kicking them and doing the daily enema-- started about three weeks ago and never looking back. Colorectal surgeon-approved!
ozziej wrote:Hey Judy
That is wonderful news. So happy that for once Murphy is off in a corner sulking and you've had the last laugh. As I write this I'm trying to down my last 2 glasses of glycoprep in preparation for my colonoscopy tomorrow. I'm so hoping it will be clear so I don't have to drink that rubbish for another year.
Wishing you continued success in avoiding the dreaded "shart".
JDMNYC wrote:Hi Jane -
Very encouraging to hear. Did I miss a post or two? What made you decide to try the enema? Any issues with transition? I have a little less than two months until I am able to try, so I'd be very interested to hear when you have a moment.
No Imodium for me for a week, but now going several times a day instead of the brutal every other day pattern with Imodium. I like the mental clarity of not taking 8 Imodium a day, but I also like not being in the bathroom constantly. If only there were some other solution . . .
Badass wrote:I wanted absolute predictability with bathroom activity and no urgency. I was also sick of being obsessed with bm's, thinking about what I was eating, worrying about gas and always having that "need to go" feeling. No issues at all with transition. For me it seemed like such a radical move that I had to gear myself up for and then when I actually did it the first couple of times, I wondered why I hadn't been doing it all along. Washing myself out with tap water seems to be a lot more "natural" than taking pills, monitoring my bowels and my food, and all the nonsense I had been putting up with. It has become a new transition to bedtime, the whole thing takes less than half hour start to finish and gets me to have some quiet time at the end of the day. I have no thoughts about the bathroom at all during the day, eat whatever I want with abandon just like I did before cancer. I feel so normal again.
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