It was THE WORST. My surgeon has his patients drink it two days prior, then only rehydrate with clear fluids on the day before surgery. I remember that awful stuff, though- I couldn't get the stupid metal cap off, so I had to poke a hole in the top. That then sent metal shavings into the drink, so I had to filter it through a paper towel. It stained my hands red (I chose cherry flavor) so that it looked like I was bleeding, stained my countertop ****il I bleached it)... UGH!
That was, of course, just the beginning. For me it took about 45 minutes, and then I literally just sat on the toilet at one point for about two hours. When I was able to get out of the bathroom I'd end up back in there every 10-20 minutes. I kind of wanted to die.
That said, my doc said my innards were about as perfect as could be when he got in there to get to work, so it was worth it.
And, I know everyone is different, but just take this awful toilet-escapade as preparation, because when I had my first bowel movement at the hospital it was the most disqusting, LOUD, gaseous, SMELLY, and horrible toilet time I have ever had. I sat on the toilet for 90 minutes, at times nothing coming out, at times pure liquid, at times gas so powerful that it was painful as it escaped me. Praise God, for me I've only had diarrhea once since then and I've never had the problems with being afraid to fart like so many others, but that day after surgery pain-fest was even worse than the magnesium citrate.
And, honestly, once you have the surgery- for me, at least- the prepwork, which was so consuming pre-op, is all but forgotten. In fact, until I just saw your post, I forgot that I ever had to do the bowel prep, and I'm only two months out!
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