48 Hours I Want To Skip, But I Can't.!!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Three weeks ago I got a call from Dr. Bucks office. I was informed that it was time for another colonoscopy exam. . What, are you kidding me, I just had one 3 or 4 years ago.
No, the nurse said it was 10 years. That's why she needed to schedule another test.
You are supposes to have one every 10 years.
At first I told her I had a knee replacement coming up in September and I would wait till after that was over.
After a few minutes of hanging up I decided to call her back an schedule it as soon as possible. I wanted get it over with.
It's not the most pleasant exam to have, the worst part is the prep. But it is very important and more people should be aware of the dangers that sometime you don't know unless you have this exam .
That is why I am posting this blog. It's not to gross you out, won't go into more detail than you would read in a pamphlet.
Starting a week ago I was not to eat any food with seeds , nuts, flax seeds or popcorn.
Of course right away I wanted berries and nuts. Just tell a person they can't have something and that's what you want.
Also do not eat any fat free products containing Olean or Olestra.
Stop taking supplements and vitamins.
If taking any blood thinners , stop.
Three days before exam stop taking fiber supplements.
Two days before, up till 5:00 can eat soft foods. Avoid fatty foods ad no red meat.
Sure I wanted a big beef steak. Normally I can go weeks without red meat. But that's all I have been thinking about . I want a rib steak with mushrooms. That will be my dinner after., if I am still hungry.
So starting today, Sunday at 5:00 I start my clear liquid diet. Water, coffee, tea, clear fruit juice, no pulp, soda pop, chicken broth, Gator aid, popsicles, jello, not red. No milk, or creamers. That means no smoothies made with milk.
NO ALCOHOL. Darn there goes my planned liquid diet of Margaritas.
At bedtime take 2 Dulcolax tablets. That should be fun!!! WoW!!!
One day before exam, Monday, continue clear liquid diet. NO SOLID FOOD.
12;00 noon, take 2 Dulcolax tablets. More fun!!!!
Stay extremely close to the restroom from this point on. No Kidding!!!
Now comes the hard part. This laxative stuff you have to drink.
Take a flavor packet from the gallon container of Nuytely, which I had a prescription to get.
You add the flavor pack, and warm water, then store in fridge to chill .
4:00 pm , Drink 1/2 of the Nulytely container , 2 liters over the next 2 to 3 hours. One glass every 10 to 15 minutes. Nausea and fullness is common until the laxative starts to work.
If you get sick, during the prep time, wait 30 minutes and start again. Really ???
Day of the exam, Tuesday, August 30.
6:00 am drink the remaining 1/2 of the Nulytely over the next 2 to 3 hours. You must finish the entire gallon at least 4 hours before the exam.
Continue clear liquid diet up to an hour before your exam.
My check in time is 2:45 pm.
The exam it's self takes 2 to 3 hours. Actual time with the camera , while you are under with IV sedation , lasts about 50 minutes.
You can't take a bus, walk or drive afterwards. Must have a person in the waiting room to take you home, since you have been sedated
Now some people have decided to stay awake during the exam. Katie Couric for one.
She even filmed it for the Early show. Colon cancer killed her husband, at 41, . She is a very strong supporter of early testing .
When I weighed today I had lost a pound, but I didn't change my weight. I will wait till after this to see if I can lose a little more. and keep it off.
So it is now 4:00 pm, and I have an hour to eat. But I am not hungry.
This morning I took advantage of the situation and had Eggs Benedict, my favorite breakfast.
I knew the calories I was eating would not have long enough to do any damage to my weight. They were not going to be in my system long enough.
Unfortunately I have to stay home for a few days. No gym tomorrow. So its Nordic track and workouts here at home. The same for Tuesday.
I will return to the gym on Wednesday.
So now you know what the next few days are going to be like for me.
Glad this exam is only done every 10 years.
Take care, stay strong and be positive.
This goes for me too.
Thought for today, "One of my most delightful discoveries is how capable I am,".