I'm a 59 yr old female, just trying to get psyched up to begin my prep for my first colonscopy tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. I hate to admit it, but I can't believe how frightened I am about it, even the prep!!! The prep solution I was given, which I mixed up this a.m., is PEG 3350/ELECTROLYTE SOLUTION, 4 litres of it. When I do the computation to 8 oz. glasses, that will be 16 glasses of it, and it looks nasty! I have IBS, and have stomach aches anyway, so not sure how drinking that much is going to go? Also am on disability the last 3 yrs for agorophobia, and am trying not to have a panic attack thinking about the procedure. I've only had surgery a couple times (hysterectomy 25 yrs. ago for uterine cancer, ruptured appendix 15 yrs. ago), and it always terrifies me to be put to sleep.I would imagine they don't have to administer much sedation for a colonscopy, but I sure hope I'm out, or I'll have a panic attack for sure! I have a friend who I've distanced myself from the last week, as her husband had a colonoscopy "gone bad" 2 yrs ago, and they punctured his colon or something, and he was in hospital for a while due to infection, and had to have an iliostomy bag (??) for a yr. She has to keep telling me about that, plus her brother just had one, had colon cancer, but the surgery was successful and he needs no further treatment once they removed part of the colon. I wish I'd have had the test when I was 50, as recommended, but due to finances, and the agorophobia making it hard at times to leave the house period, I didn't. Does anyone have any tips on how to gag that stuff down, with the least problems? I start drinking it in 7 hrs, and it's chilling in the fridge as we speak. They told me to drink 8 oz every 15 min., and not to chug it, as I'll probably throw it up ( I may anyway). The nurse also said that when my stool starts running clear, that I don't need to drink anymore of it. My friend, about my same size, said she only drank about half of hers before that happened, so that would be good if it works out that way for me. I take klonopin every a.m. to help with the agorophobia, but probably can't take it tomorrow before the scoping as I need to take a sip of water to get it down? Anyway, I'm babbling, and I apologize. Can you tell I'm nervous?! If anyone can give me any tips on how to gag that stuff down, or just any positive experiences you've had w/colonoscopies, PLEASE feel free to share! My computer is crashing regularly, but I'm praying it keeps working today, so I can occupy my mind in between trips to the bathroom. Do you go to the bathroom all day and night, or does it quit after you quit drinking that stuff? Thanks, everyone, for your support! My computer willing, I'll be checking in peridically today!!!