Today is the day (most people) dread. I’m prepping for the colonoscopy procedure. I must admit, listening to stories from others and experiencing one myself, I could get all freaked out … but I decided to change my thinking.
The way I choose to experience it, is to think of it as a chance to get rid of any hidden toxins that have been living in my intestines. I will flush the bad stuff out…start with a “clean slate” and add good stuff (healthy greens, and supplements). I’m even considering doing a one day fast, once a month, the day before the new moon. The new moon would symbolically serve as a reminder that there is always a chance for a fresh start.
(11 a.m.) I started juicing veggies. I made a carrot juice mix but I decided against drinking it today, since my written instructions said not to drink anything red or purple. I know carrots are orange but why take the chance messing up the procedure? So I am saving the carrot, celery, apple juice mix for after the colonoscopy. I will bring it along to the hospital. I am aware that fresh juice loses its nutrients the longer I wait to drink it, so I will add some Green Super Food to kick it up a notch.
I did make another juice… using just celery and apples. I’m also drinking spring water and sipping on vegetable broth.
Then I made the magic concoction that will make my colon so pretty, the doctor might take a picture of it to show his students what a healthy colon should look like (I am going to a teaching hospital). It could happen. Anyway… I can dream right?
(1 p.m.) I took out the special bag that I will wear during the cleaning process. I laid out my regular colostomy bag beside the “fecal collector” ( seriously… that’s what it’s called) so you can see how different they are in size. The bag on the bottom is 7 inches. That’s the bag I wear daily. The one on the top is 15 inches. If I didn’t have the fecal collector, I probably would be dealing with an awful mess because my regular bag would have broken (over and over).
(2:30 p.m.) I did some walking around my complex, meditated, watched some funny shows on television (Workaholics …Those idiots are so funny!) And I did some yoga poses. I feel great. My stomach seems to be happier today. Last night it was upset that I didn’t feed it dinner or late snacks. It seems to be cooperating today.
**** I got this! It’s all about attitude and mine is A-ok!
My stomach starting talking to me around 3 o’clock. “Feed me! Enough with the vegetable broth.” I ignored it and drank another fresh juice.
(6:10 p.m.) Drank my first glass of Miralax and lemonade. It tastes good! I’m using a straw though so the only thing I need to be careful of is “brain freeze.” The mixture has been refrigerated for a few hours already.
(6:55 p.m.) Just drank my third glass… felt some rumbling around my stoma.
(7 p.m.) My brain is telling my colon to use the toilet the old-fashioned way (pre-ostomy). It feels weird. I sat on the toilet… just in case. False alarm.
(7:10 p.m.) Got glass number four down. I’m feeling full. How many glasses do I have to drink???
(7:15 p.m.) I am craving something salty. Pretzels would do the job to offset the super-sweet taste in my mouth.
(7:45 p.m.) Feels like I’m having labor pains. Breathe in. Breathe out. Ok… we have lift off! Glad I have a bigger bag!
(8:10 p.m.) I won’t be drinking lemonade anytime soon. The upside is — I’m not stuck sitting on the toilet. Glass number six is down.
(8:45p.m.) My sinuses seem to be draining and I’m sneezing a lot.
(9:20 p.m.) My output is clear. Success! And it only took six glasses. This time wasn’t nearly as bad as the first time. It is easier with a bag than the normal way. The cramping was minor. I made it through the worst part! I’m ready for tomorrow.