Monday, July 12, 2010

a small altering little bottle...

It’s Monday morning and where am I? I’m at home dealing with a slow digestive tract. For the past month and a half I suppose, I have doing the magnesium citrate thing. On Saturday and Sunday my life revolves around ten ounces of magnesium citrate. The purpose of this is to clean out my GI tract of any food that did not get digested. Generally it should take the average person several hours for the magnesium citrate to take effect. It takes me anywhere from twelve to twenty-four hours for it to start working. I make the biggest ordeal out of taking it the magnesium citrate. You would thing I had to drink a gallon of it. I procrastinate in taking it; I will stand there and just look at the bottle. I gag, I grit my teeth, and it is awful. You would think after how many times I have had to drink it I would be use to it. The bad part about it is how it makes me feel after I take it. I am miserable. Overall it could be worse. I could be using the big jug of the Golytely.


  1. Hey there! Just found your blog. I also have gastroparesis and write about my experience:

    I totally understand your feelings toward the Mag Citrate! I am the biggest baby when I drink it. Just thinking about it literally makes me gag.

  2. Hi Crystal,

    I totally agree with you. Nothing compares to mag citrate. I have chased that stuff with Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Crystal Light and even water. Nothing masks the taste. It's some rough stuff.

  3. Couldn't agree more! Cherry is better than lemon but that isn't saying much.... I try and make it like a game where I have to take a swig every time the chorus comes on to whatever song I'm listening to. Plus, it takes so long to work I and we (the GP "we") have to plan out the next day and a half around it.... all for the greater good...haha


  4. Hi Carrie,

    That is a good idea, listen to a song and drink during the chorus. I like it! I too have issues with time. I guess you have to give a little to get in return.

  5. Jennifer, Isn't life grand? On "Clean Out" Friday I have to remind myself that there is much worst things than drinking Golytely. I have to admit that it's hard to get myself to believe it some weeks, but I had a sister-in-law die of cancer two years ago after fighting it for 5 years and I just think about her and it sure helps. I just went and saw Dr.Satish Rao in Iowa City. No good news, will be going back for a weeks worth of test. I'll be writing on my blog.
    I am sorry that you are going through drinking this God awlful stuff, but do you know the saying... misery loves company. It is comforting to read that there are people out there with somewhat the same problems. Hope Carrie is doing okay with her tummy and digestive problems also.