In which the sous blogger over-shares
One of the most important themes of this blog is the age-related fish-out-of-water story. Most readers know that I’m at least one generation older than the Blogger Himself (and all the rest of you). Think of me (and Mr. Sous) as the advance team - we’re scouting middle age and reporting back to you.
The Blogger Himself has badgered me into posting about my day, and in what could turn out to be a catastrophic lapse in judgment, that’s what I’m doing. In about ten years, it might be of interest to you.
Right now, I’m 23 hours into a clear liquid diet, and I’ve got about 12 hours to go. Before I’m done, I will have looked at my own intestines on a television monitor. (I have been urged to live-blog that, but you shouldn’t get your hopes up.)
The prep for a colonoscopy starts with a clear liquid diet. Nothing milky. Nothing cloudy. Nothing much other than clear broth and variations on sugar water. (Tea is OK, of course. Dinner was orange Jello.)
I took the afternoon off from work, but I did have three appointments this morning. The first person, who I’ve known for years, has raspberry bushes in her backyard, and she brought me a pint of raspberries that she picked just before she came. I couldn’t put even one in my mouth. Then the second person, who is quite new, had stopped at Starbuck’s and brought me a chai latte because she didn’t want to drink alone. I didn’t even take a sip.
Then the third person came with no presents, and talked about herself for an hour. But, you know, that happens a lot so it didn’t bother me.
Anyway, I came home at noon and began Phase 2 of the prep. At 1:00 I drank 10 ounces of citrate of magnesium. Imagine very sweet, thick grapefruit flavor with a strong undertaste, an uncertain bouquet, and a bad finish.
If you need more detail about mag citrate, you should go ahead and exercise your Google skills.
Mid-afternoon I spotted the huckleberry scones post, and I got really fixated on huckleberry scones. The beautiful color. The fact that they were dimensionally stable and that you couldn’t see through them. The use of flour, the possibility of butter.
Himself tried to tell me that they weren’t really that good, but I knew it was just the pity talking.
I sent him this email in reply:
“Well that's sort of good to know, I guess. Or nice of you to say, anyway.
Did they feel like food in your mouth? Did you have a pleasant satisfied feeling in your stomach after you swallowed a bite?
A half hour after you ate one, was there a geyser of water coming out of your butt?”
Uh oh. That was the part I was going to keep to myself.
I had the TV on all afternoon, and avoided the FoodPorn Network, because it’s nothing but pictures of solid food. At 5:00 I drank 10 more ounces of mag citrate, and was flipping channels to distract myself. I’ve never minded Rachel Ray, but today she was cutting up a grapefruit and now I’m pretty sure I have a citrus-related trauma experience on top of everything else.
Phase 3 involved a handful of pills and a lot more water. I look forward to the procedure because the sedation cocktail is a triumph of pharmaceutical creativity, and because when it’s over, I’ve got those raspberries in the refrigerator and they’re all mine.
I hope your day was good.
Sous Blogger Deb
PS Mr. Sous had his first colonoscopy earlier this summer. A few days later he called me and said, “I got my colonoscopy results back, and I’m clean as a whistle!! Oh. . .wait. . .that’s not a whistle. . .”