Preparation for colonoscopy included 1.5 ounces of Fleet's phosphosoda, a liquid laxative with a citrus taste, mixed in ginger ale in order to induce diarrhea to cleanse the colon 1.
For the actual procedure, Bush was sedated by a drug called propofol, "chosen because it was 'ultra short acting' and wore off quickly," according to White House physician Dr. Richard Tubb, who also noted: "The anesthesiologist will be able to dial the medication to exactly the right level to where the president is comfortable but the endoscopist can get a good exam." The plan was for Bush to be awake 2 to 4 minutes after the anesthesia was turned off. 1
The Saturday procedure lasted from 7:09 to 7:29 a.m. "No polyps were found, no abnormalities were found." 2
Bush woke up two minutes after the procedure ended. He did not, however, resume his presidential duties until 9:24 a.m., after being examined by Dr. Tubb. Tubb recommended the additional time to rule out after-effects of the sedative. 2
White House physician
Dr. Richard Tubb
remarked that doctors at the medical facility at Camp David would be
able to handle any complication from the procedure
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a pp.199-201Comment: Rigorous and enormously thought provoking. Abrams tells not only the story of the shooting itself, but, more importantly, the maneuvering to disguise Reagan's slow recovery afterwards and forestall any consideration of transferring power to the Vice President.