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Weekend

It should be a 4-day weekend, but this one isn't going to count. Friday was fine--my usual day off (almost all of my weekends are 3 days long), so I went to a WW meeting, did some shopping for clothes at the thrift store, and hit the grocery store and Target for basics of life. Then I met my sister-in-law at the kids' school and took the oldest and youngest back to my house, while she proceeded to the doctor's with the middle child. Cooked pot roast and smashed potatoes toward dinner.

Saturday was also pretty normal: Jazzercise in the morning, some gardening (trimming of azaleas) with assistance of the nephew, who hauled the trimmings to the street, did some sewing to repair things bought at the thrift store with assistance of younger niece, made a run to the DeKalb Farmer's Market to replenish my stash of Almondina cookies and to search for almond butter. They don't seem to carry nut butters, so I grabbed a pound of almonds and threw them in the food processor when I got home. Seems to be very acceptable almond butter, with less effort than making a separate run to Whole Foods. Dinner was fish night next door, so I made the pan-seared scallops that have become a staple for that.

Today, now, that was Not Normal. The reason lies with tomorrow: I'm scheduled for a colonoscopy, having been sent for a G-I consult after complaining about increasing amounts of constipation. That means today was "colonoscopy prep", which means emptying your colon. Go on a diet of clear liquids in the morning. Mix up this 4-liter jug of stuff at noon, and drink an 8-oz. glass every 10 minutes until it's gone. (That took almost 3 hours.) Your bowels then empty themselves over a period of a couple of hours. Stay on the clear liquid diet until after the procedure. Gosh, I haven't eaten Jello in several years before today...

Oh, dear, I see should not have had red Jello--red is verboten. Will have to call in the morning and see if it's OK since I had the red stuff before drinking the jug.

Tomorrow the procedure is at 1:30, which means I can have my morning coffee (sans milk) if I get it drunk before 9:30. S-i-l will drive me there and hopefully will be able to be there for the post-procedure briefing: this will be my first time with any sort of sedation, so I have no idea how coherent I'll be at the end of this.

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toraks
Oct. 11th, 2004 07:20 am (UTC)

Yikes! Good luck!
hornedhopper
Oct. 11th, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, good luck, nlbarber!!! And {{{{hugs}}}}, too!

I've had 3, so I know what you're going through. I hope the procedure is relatively painless, that you're well sedated, and that the results are as boring as possible. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.
nlbarber
Oct. 11th, 2004 11:05 pm (UTC)
All done, and I have to agree with those who told me that the prep is the worst of it. My main hassle was the wait--they were running behind, so I waited in the chilly waiting area for 1-1/2 hours before being taking back to the procedure area. Then it was into the little gown and get hooked up to the BP and oxygen monitors and get an IV started, then another close-to-30-min. wait. I think it was colder back there than in the waiting area, and they took my book away from me. Grrrr.

But once they wheeled me to the actual procedure room, it went smoothly: doctor did the disclosure talk and I signed, they started the drugs, and I remember sort of looking up at one point and thinking, "Gosh, they've started". Actually, they were almost finished. I felt nothing.

Anyway, clean bill of health--no abnormalities, no polyps, healthy colon. Will have to chase the constipation problem elsewhere.
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