Now what? Should a second application be tried or wait?
You should have held it longer, 15 to 20 min if you could. However with an osmotic solution such as the sodium phosphate in fleets, this is very hard to do.
I would recommend next time to check with your health care pro and ask if you can benefit from large volume tap water or soap suds enemas. They are gentler, less irritating, and more complete than a Fleet. The key in taking them is to relax as much as you can and go slow. They should not hurt at all when given correctly which is why I often recommend folks ask their care pro to give them to you. Although not as common as in the past, they still know how to do them, and to do them right. I advise inquiring about this on the phone, asking the facility if they are equipped and willing to administer enemas on site. They may refer you to a hospital or nursing home. Another option is a referral to a home health agency. They may send an aide to your home which is always better.
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