John Kahane (jkahane) wrote,
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Pre-C Procedure Thoughts

Well, as per this blog entry, my colonoscopy is set for tomorrow late morning. So the preparation process has begun. There may be some TMI stuff here, so I'm putting it behind the cut.


The preparation for the colonoscopy actually started five days before the actual procedure with a set of dietary restrictions. No whole grains, multi-grains, brown or wild rice, oatmeal/granola, fruits or veggies with seeds, legumes, nuts or seeds, popcorn, corn, and fibre supplements. Basically, pretty much anything that is actually healthy for a diabetic.

Without eating fibre of any kind, to all intents and purposes, my bowels have slowed to a crawl and I actually feel rather constipated with cramps and some pain. I've been drinking a ton of water, but it doesn't seem to have made any impact on that at all. I've had to up my insulin dosage the last few days, 'cause non-whole grain stuff makes my sugar spike somewhat. Add to that the medication limitations, notably the inability to have any anti-inflammatories, and my leg and foot pain is much more severe than it has been.

Today, Monday the 24th, is the day when the preparation for the colonoscopy reaches its peak, so to speak. No food, only clear fluids (does chicken/beef broth, which is somewhat opaque, count?), and then I get the joy of taking in 4 *litres* of PegLyte from 3 pm today through about 5-6 am tomorrow morning. I can't even drink a whole 1/2 litre bottle of water in one sitting let alone *4* litres, so this should be... interesting, to say the least. And that's not including the other amount of fluids they recommend for the day. Just seems like a lot of fluid to drink, you know?

In the meantime, I've had my morning insulin shot and the meds that I needed to take this morning, and followed it up with a small bowl of orange Jello and a mug of hot chicken broth. (I just hope the latter qualified as "clear.") Gotta make the PegLyte in about fifteen minutes, with the first litre having to be taken in at 3:00 pm.

Should be fun... NOT!

That said, other than the fear and stress about having the colonoscopy, the procedure itself is always a piece of cake compared to the preparation period. For me, it's really the problems stemming from what medications I can take and the like that's getting to me.

I just can't wait for the whole thing to be over.
Tags: colonoscopy, diabetes, health hut, personal, preparation, thoughts
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