This may get a little gross, folks. Just warning you. Yesterday morning I had an upper GI with air series done. No need to go into why. The process isn't painful. You are given some white stuff to drink along with some fizzy stuff (that's the air part) and pictures are taken with a fluoroscope and x-rays. You drink more white stuff (Barium), more pictures are taken as the substance wends its way through the esophagus, down to the stomach and into the small bowel. The whole process takes about 2 hours if you are lucky. If your system decides not to cooperate it could take up to 5. I was lucky and it took only 2. On the way out of the hospital I was advised to drink plenty of water for the next 2 days as the Barium has a tendency to stop up your system. THEY LIED!!
I got home and fixed myself some brunch since I hadn't had anything from midnight the night before. As I took my first bite the flood gates opened and I had to sprint to the bathroom. Laundry was going to have to be done. Okay...thought all was well and went back to consuming brunch. Uh, oh.....more laundry would have to be done. Here comes the gross part....it was like peeing out my butt. I sat on the throne for about 2 1/2 hours, maybe more, I lost track of time. Looked through numerous catalogs, played some games on my phone, spoke with my daughter, wondered how I was going to get through the day and how much laundry I would have to do.
Things finally started to slow down but I still wondered whether I could move around or would I have to spend the rest of the day just sitting there with my legs going numb. Then I happened to remember that my daughter had left some nappies here. Hmmmm. They are very absorbent...much better that maxi pads. Sooooo, even though they are for a 2-3 year old I managed to wedge one into my undies and then spent the whole day in my recliner knitting and sleeping. Luckily no accidents for what was left of the day. Just to be on the safe side I slept with one. My gut has had much to say over the last 24 hours. It's still talking as I type. Guess I won't go anywhere today either.
So you are warned just in case you have to have an upper GI series with air. If they tell you to drink plenty of water, etc. for the next two days don't believe them and be prepared.