Nancy Barber (nlbarber) wrote,
Nancy Barber


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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