The post party… The colonoscopy is done!

It’s a new day!

The procedure was done in less than a half hour. I was glad that the sedative and pain killers didn’t knock me out. I watched the entire butt spelunking event on the video monitor.  I love how curious I am about stuff that grosses most other people out. I admired the pinkish white walls of the colon wall, capillaries zig-zagging their way around the membrane. It was interesting to see the folds and curves as the endoscope continued its journey looking for abnormalities. Although one polyp was found I am glad I saw it, and watched the doctor nip it off for biopsy. To my unprofessional eyes the small white blip looked just like a normal part of the colon wall. I will know the results of the biopsy in two weeks.
Now I have peace of mind and a clean colon… for now…

 

Day 1 – lunch – preparations for a colonoscopy continue…

Low fiber lunch.
Last meal until tomorrow night.

 

I slurp the cooling soup as I try to take my time eating my last meal of solid food until tomorrow night. The soup, a mix of the grits from this morning, which are now a solid polenta, some boxed organic chicken broth, bay shrimp from Oregon and a bit of spices, doesn’t taste so bad.

Low fiber doesn’t have to be bland – hospitals listen up! I added some flair to my soup with some dehydrated onions and ground garlic, which I hope isn’t against the rules of “no fresh fruit or vegetables.”

I’m a bit worried though, this slow eating has put me past the 12:30pm point where I’m only supposed to consume liquids until 10:30 am tomorrow.

Ok, last bite of soup, time check 12:50 pm. I roll the savory soup around my mouth, my teeth bite down on the crunchy texture of the shrimp, the soft consistency of the pita bread and my tongue plays with the sticky, clumpy-ness of the polenta. I will remember this moment as I journey through a liquid fast. I will remember this moment while sitting on the toilet later today after I start the next phase of this preparation.

Day 1 – morning – The preparations begin

Breakfast
Low fiber breakfast cereal – grits.

 

“I’ll make grits this morning.” I thought to myself before getting out of bed. The directions said to have a “low fiber breakfast” and under cereal it said “rice or corn.” I knew I had a bag of coarsely ground corn meal that I bought to make polenta about a year ago, so why not take this opportunity to use up some of that stuff that gets forgotten in the cupboard.

Protein drink
Protein drink…

 

There were other “low fiber options” on one of the instruction sheets I was given for the preparation; eggs, tofu, milk products, protein drinks, and soup. “Meat and fish are ok to have” the instructions included. I decided to have a protein drink as well. Pumpkin protein and orange juice, even though orange juice wasn’t specifically mentioned. Or does it go under the “No seeds, nuts, bran, oats, wheat, fresh vegetables, fruit or salad?” Oops, I think I should not have had my type of protein drink. Perhaps they were thinking of that stuff called Ensure or something like that.

Low fiber breakfast

My version of a low fiber breakfast.

 

 

Well, breakfast wasn’t so bad. I was able to have coffee, so I’m happy. Lunch will look similar to breakfast. I have some leftover grits that I will eat with some chicken stock and perhaps I’ll throw in some small shrimp for the “meat.” I’ll have to eat this before 12:30 pm, since after this time I’m told to only have clear liquids.

I’m afraid of what is to come later today. Luckily, I had my morning constitutional despite the low fiber breakfast. I hope that will make tonight a little easier.