Colonoscopy Diary


I meant to post this alongside “Colonoscopy Conundrum” from last March, but I guess it got lost in the busy-ness of life.

It’s a vlog in two parts of the colonoscopy that caused me the conundrum.

Here’s part 1:

And here’s part 2:

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8 Responses to “Colonoscopy Diary”

  1. 1 Ken Tucker July 2, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    How long does it usually take for the colitis to completely heal? I started the diet about 3 months ago. Some set backs because of inadvertent illegals, but overall improved with the diet. Still have ups and downs though. I guess this will be a gradual process of hopefully continued improvement. I read in BTVC that I should expect 2 years at minimum.

    • 2 Brenda July 3, 2009 at 4:53 pm

      You are very brave to put up your vlog. I identified very much with the emotional travails of dealing with the medical profession. At least you have the courage to confront them and you are helping us all. I would much rather avoid them, but I too am facing some testing in the near future. One former doctor I had in Houston who was a respected expert on Crohn’s treated the disease symtomatically and only ordered new tests when symptoms worsened. Barium x-rays, so I have been told show the friability(sp?)of the gut as wispy edges and can be indicative of disease activity. This was from an radiologist who specialized in IBD. I would be very interested in more information on how you tolerated the visicol. Did you every try cholestyramine resin when your symptoms were still active? Continued good health, Paul.

      • 3 Paul Stocker July 9, 2009 at 11:18 am


        You are very brave…

        You give me too much credit. I posted it because it provided an outlet for me and I knew others would have similar experiences.

        At least you have the courage to confront them…

        I have to admit that I’m hoping to never see another GI in my life and I’ve lost my zeal to try to convert a doctor. I have talked to a few people face to face about the SCD, but they lost interest when I got to the “no potatoes or bread” part. The only success I’ve had in helping people is through this blog – people who want to try something different and are willing to make some changes in their habits.

        One former doctor I had in Houston…

        I think this is typical of modern medicine. It tends to be reactive as apposed to proactive.

        I would be very interested in more information on how you tolerated the visicol.

        The fallout from the prep was that for many days after the procedure I felt weak, tired, cold and had a lot of D. I cannot lay the blame solely at the feet of the bisacodyl or the half-lytely. Maybe it was just from the pill or just the liquid or both. Either way, I felt crappy for about a week after the ‘scope.

        Did you every try cholestyramine resin…

        I have never heard of cholestyramine resin and after looking it up, I can tell you with certainty that I’ve never had it.

        I hope your procedures go well.


    • 4 Paul Stocker July 9, 2009 at 10:44 am


      Time to heal is different for everyone as we are all special cases. You may be faster or slower than the 2 years. The only thing that I could add is that it seems that the younger people can have a tendency to heal quicker than the more mature individual.

      I know patience can be difficult, but hang in there – you will be rewarded for your patience.


      • 5 Candice Castillo August 17, 2009 at 6:49 pm

        I am in the same place only this was my first one. And I just started the diet a short time ago. I can’t take the stress of the GI and his push for medication. So I am healing myself. You are so brave. thank you for this, it meant a lot, not sure why but I was just really touched.
        I hope this finds you in good health.
        28year mother of 2 boys that need a healthy mom

    • 6 Ceecee March 6, 2013 at 7:04 am

      I don’t get a lot at Costco, but I love going there! I do get organic extra-virgin olive oil.I also rlnectey discovered that they have a big bag of dates for a good price. I also buy almonds and pecans there. They have organic chicken breast at the one I shop at, so really not too bad for SCD.

  2. 8 Paul Stocker August 19, 2009 at 9:47 am


    You’re welcome and thank you for the props. I’m sorry that you’ve had to find your way here, but glad you found the SCD. I hope it gives you the kind of hope it has me. My attitude has changed in fundamental ways because I can look at life differently now that I can do something about my Crohn’s that my doctors could not. As a patient, you can feel like you are at the mercy of the system, but this diet can make you feel in control again – powerful stuff. I’m not a terribly emotional guy, but I’m sometimes surprised by the strength of my feelings about my new place in the world. For 20+ years, I’ve just been waiting for my next hospitalization, but now I think I can do without that – it’s difficult to understate the importance or impact this has on a person. I’ve gone from a person with an incurable disease to a person living a normal life.

    Listen to your body, trust yourself and see a doctor if you need to, but remember that you are the boss and you don’t have to drink their kool-aid.

    Best of luck to you.


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