Well, I do believe I've finally topped my worst life experience. SUPREP is extremely awful. I will never have another colonoscopy unless they allow me to use a different prep. It made me very sick, feel weak and have a bad headache. Getting it down was incredibly horrible. Just bad. Bad. Bad. Tastes like slightly berry flavored sea water. Ever gulp seawater? Your body wants to reject it immediately. But NO! You have to drink 16 oz of the nasty prep and then drink 32 more oz of water within the next hour. Even if your stomach, throat, and mouth say, "um no."
The colonoscopy itself, no problems. Piece of cake.
But the after effects of the sedation are still with me. Procedure at 10:30ish Friday, it's now 6pm Saturday. I'm very sensitive to sedation and anesthesia. The anesthesiologist was awesome and gave me a teeny tiny dose like I asked. And sedative, not "going under." But I was out like a light anyway. And I'm still groggy. Even the nurse, afterward, said, wow, such a low dose and you were out! You're quite a lightweight.
But I knew that going in. I'm just glad the anesthesiologist listened. They don't all listen, sometimes they just look at me like I'm nuts. But I tell you, I could probably have abdominal surgery with nothing but a light sedative!
Anyway all said and done, the procedure itself was nothing. The prep though, never again with SUPREP. It's pure evil. I'd rather fast for 5 days than have to go through that again. NO WAY.
And a hint to anyone about to have one of these - there are about 8 different preps on the market. Do some googling and see what you want to try. Some people (who I suspect where paid by SUPREP) said it wasn't bad. One nutter said she'd do it every week. But I do think she was paid to say that. This stuff is incredibly vile.
The other hint is this (kinda suggestively graphic, if that's not a complete contradiction in terms - but my head is still fuzzy, bear with me). Get Vaseline in the tube, so you can squirt it out instead of having to dig in the container. And, put some on BEFORE your body starts purging. Save Uranus!
Buy plenty of rehydration drinks - Powerade, Gatorade, or other. And figure out what IS a clear liquid and what isn't. And maybe wear really easy on-off clothes during the entire prep period.
I couldn't even think straight once the awful process began. So, do your shopping prep before you do your Prep.
I'm so glad this is not to be repeated for 10 years!