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1. Clear liquid diet
2. Prospect of icky drink later on in the day
3. Housefilk that I can't attend because of (1) and (2).
4. Argument with husband about "what snacks do you want me to get for you for after colonoscopy" because

a. Don't have any idea
b. Don't want to think about food
c. haven't had coffee yet

We worked out the snack thing - those of you who've been through this, will diluted V8 and wheat crackers work? I don't do fruit juices, and we're somewhat worried that the snacks provided by the doctor won't be kosher. (Husband initially suggested *soy milk* and the idea turned my stomach. Soy milk is stuff to put on cereal, not a beverage, in my mind. I think he thought he might like cow's milk in such a situation.)

Coffee situation is remedied - fortunately, I'm permitted black coffee. And also fortunately, that's how I prefer my coffee.

I'm TRYING not to be graphic here.

For me, clear liquid diet and the liquid purging was MUCH harder than the actual colonoscopy. I felt a little loopy by the third day.

Ate a lot of lime jello, but, umm, the green goes through and that was disturbing, so I was pretty much on water by day three.

One of the strange moments was looking at the clock and thinking "Hmm, it said it should work in two hou--uh-oh!" I mean, you could have set your watch by it!

The very nice doctor told me "You always see on TV that they say count backwards from one hundred, but people don't usually make it past 99, I want you to breathe deeply, and your next clear thought will probably be "Where'd Dr. Hargrave go?"

I have vague, dream-like memories of watching the screen, but my next clear thought WAS "Where'd Dr. Hargrave go?" and that made me giggle. The nurses thought I was high from the anesthesia.

Post-procedure, I started with the basic post-stomach-flu diet--toast, bananas, soup, and was eating normally by dinner the day after the procedure.

And everything came out clear. I had what turned out to be giardia, but there's a history of colon cancer in my family, so they thought it wouldn't hurt to check.

Been 7 years, gotta do it again, soon.

Oh, and...

Diluted V8 and wheat crackers sounds fine. I brought a banana with me, I can't recommend it enough.

Re: I'm TRYING not to be graphic here.

Yeah, I hate fasting - even this easy fasting thing with liquids.

I avoided anything with color (and, as it happens, jello. Maybe I should have gotten some Kojel.) I had lemon-lime popsicles and chicken broth.

The only problem with the anesthesia was my fragile veins. My skin is very transparent, so it looks like finding one is easy, but it's now. She had to do it twice. I have a spectacular bruise now on the first site. Good thing I wear long sleeves. It doesn't hurt but it looks terrible.