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The Mission of University Endoscopy Group is to provide excellent gastrointestinal care in a timely fashion. Personalized, efficient and comprehensive care is provided for a wide array of gastrointestinal and liver diseases, by employing the newest medical technology and the highest clinical standards.

University Endoscopy Group

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Administrator: Kathy Abiri, RN, MS, CASC
Clinical Director: Kerri Alfieri, RN BSN

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Administrator: Kathy Abiri, RN, MS, CASC
Clinical Director: Sherri Tager, RN

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Administrator: Jane Carr, RN
Clinical Director: Stacy Tabele, RN, BSN

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Administrator: Tina Woods, RN
Clinical Director: Michael Jollie, RN

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It was so helpful to read your account of your colonoscopy, and maybe it will help someone to read about mine.

Dear Kathy,

At first I wasn't sure if I should write back and tell you about my experience, but then I saw that you had some testimonials on your site, so here I am.  It was so helpful to read your account of your colonoscopy, and maybe it will help someone to read about mine.

I had a choice of prep methods, and I didn't really know which to choose, the liquid or the pills.  The nurse suggested the pills, because the process would be faster.  I filled the prescription for Vicidol (I think I have spelled it correctly, but I'm not positive), and I was given 28 pills.  I was instructed to take twenty of them the evening before the procedure, four at a time, beginning at 5:00  and then at each 15-minute interval until I had swallowed all 28.  I was supposed to drink at least 8 ounces of a clear liquid with each dose.  It was recommended that I drink ginger ale, and it was required that I take it for the last dose.

Well... this was easier said than done.  The pills were enormous.  I tried, but I couldn't swallow them.    The instructions indicated that you could break them in half if necessary.  I did that, but it was still difficult.  It took me a long time to get them all down.  But it didn't take long for the desired effect to occur. I told my husband to use another bathroom.  "Why?" he asked.  "Does the bathroom look like the only restroom in the middle of the desert?"  "It does," I assented.  I kept using the bathroom off and on for several hours, the last time being about 12:00 midnight.  It was so frequent that I almost missed Richard getting voted off the island on "Survivor."

The next morning I felt kind of ill.  While I was taking a shower I began to feel very sick to my stomach and I thought I was going to faint.  Fortunately, this feeling passed.  At 8:00 a.m. I had 8 more pills to take in two 4-pill doses along with the now dreaded ginger ale.  I was able to complete the dosing regimen (hurray, hurrah!) and the next times I had to go the amount was less and less.  I did some light housework and read the newspaper until it was time to go.

My appointment was at 12:45.  I waited just a few minutes until I was called in.  The nurse made sure there was someone waiting for me to drive me home following the colonoscopy.  I was led to a hospital bed (although this was not a hospital--this was the Digestive Diseases Center which adjoined the hospital) and the nurse told me I could leave on my shirt, but to take off my levis and put on the hospital gown.  Then I got into the bed and another nurse inserted an IV in my right arm.  The nurses were very kind and funny, too.  I was wheeled to the area where the colonoscopy would take place and I met he doctor.  I had spoken to her on the phone a few weeks before and I had been very impressed with how nice she was.  Then when I saw her in person, I got to see that she was as nice as I had envisioned.  I would readily recommend Dr. Cordini to anyone in the area who needed a colonoscopy.

I cannot tell you anything about the procedure because I was completely knocked out, under the influence of the anesthesia.  The last thing I remember was telling the doctor the ages of my four cats.  I began to feel a bit woozy and then I was gone.  So when I woke up the nurse said I could get dressed.  I asked my husband later how long I had been in there, and he said it was about an hour and a half.  I had to take a wheelchair ride out to the parking lot, but I walked the rest of the way to the car.  When I got home I felt like sleeping for a while, so I did.

I had been given the results of my colonoscopy to take home.  The doctor had written "Good News!" on the top of the report.  Everything was normal.  And the doctor indicated that the prep had been good, so I guess I had done a good job as far as that business was concerned!  Later, when I felt like it, we went to Taco Bell.  I was ready for something to eat!

Thank you again for your kind response to my letter.

Diane J.