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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-12-09 10:32 AM
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For fifty and overs only: Best liquid diet for Colonoscopy prep.
There are probably better forums than this one to post to, but this should be crossposted.

One of the reasons I delayed going through the procedure was because of hypoglycemic issues which I knew were only appeased by solid starches. So I experimented and found something that worked like a dream. I didn't feel hunger pangs, not once. And the dizzy spells were almost non-existant. Actually, I had a better than normal day.

Breakfast
Eat by 8:00 -- White toast and scrambled eggs. To the scrambled egg mix, just add salt and small dash of milk. Leave the pepper out.

9:00 Glucerna -- Vanilla flavor. It's for diabetics but I think it's better than Ensure because it doesn't give you a sugar spike and has the protein-carb combo that cuts down on hunger.

If you feel even the slightest bit shacky after that sip juice every fifteen minutes to make sure your sugar remains level. Stay away from juices that add sugar or have the HFCS. My favorite option was Ocean Spray. They have a cranberry peach and cranberry flavored juice that was clear and good tasting. They do not add sugars or artificial coloring. Remember to sip it. You don't want sugar spikes because your body will want to compensate it with food.

Take it as far as you can before eating the next thing , but if you have anti-anxiety pills prescribed to you by your doc, now is the time to take a very small dose of an anti-anxiety pill. Not enough to sleep, but enough to make your drowsy as you watch the first of a host of movies you rented from the Movie rental store the day before.

10:00 to 11:00 Have a small plate of jigglers. (Jello made denser) You can have green, orange or yellow options. The texture makes you feel like you're eating something.

12:00 Homemade chicken broth. You need to make the broth yourself the day before. Anyone can do it. Here's how:

Cut up a chicken, throw it in the pot. cut a large onion in quarters, throw it in the pot. Cut celerly in four inch stalks, throw them in the pot. Make sure the pot is as high with water as you dare. Bring it to a full boil and then lower the temp to a sustained slow boil. Start skimming off the cream. When there is no more cream to pull off, add salt, basil (no pepper) garlic powder. And, this is the key ingredient: Central American Culantro. This is a thick leaf, which is not cilantro. It is Culantro (pero no tanto!) I threw in six leaves. Continue to boil for a minimum of four hours, continue to skim off some of the clear fat that surfaces. You'll lose alot of the basil because of it, but that's okay. When it's ready, remove everything from the pot that you can with one of those spoons which have a hole in it. Then, get a strainer and some paper towel. Double up the paper towel and put it in the strainer. Strain the soup this way and you'll end up with a good, healthy broth. Put the broth in a good container and stick it in the refrigerator. When you're ready for lunch, take a full serving out and heat it up for lunch. Sip while you're watching your movie.

If you're still hungry afterwards, eat more jigglers, but follow it up with an Izze orange soda. The effervesence will sustain your feeling of fullnes. (Or make seltzer soda with your own favorite juice flavor -- staying away from the HFCS)

Now, by this time, you may want to take a nap, especially if you're taking anti-anxiety pills. Just make sure that someone is around to wake you up when it's time to take medication. Some doctors will prescribe Ducolax at two, and the other stuff by five. I had someone mix the "other stuff" for me, and bring it to me at the assigned times. If I made any mistake at all, it was drinking too large a bowl of chicken soup at four o'clock when I had to drink 64 ounces of the "flume rider" drink, starting at five. That was just too much liquid in my body. But, I do suggest drinking a small cup of soup at four o'clock, just to give your mind a feeling of "dinner."

After that, once everything hits, you'll just wait for a lull to fall asleep. Just in case, be sure someone wakes you up before twelve to take any medication you have to take, because you're not allowed liquids or food after midnight.

Anyways, it worked for me. Had I known it would go so smoothly, I would have done it sooner.
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-12-09 10:46 AM
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1. Aren't there rules about these kinds of posts?
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-12-09 10:55 AM
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3. I posted to the lounge because I thought it had fewer restrictions.
However, just PM the rule to me, and of course, I yield to the mod's discretion.
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-12-09 11:04 AM
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5. It has nothing to do with DU. I just haven't even eaten yet.
:scared:
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-12-09 11:07 AM
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7. Are you on a fast?
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-12-09 11:14 AM
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9. No, I woke up not too long ago.
Good luck on your colonoscopy.
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LeftyFingerPop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-12-09 10:47 AM
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2. Do exactly what your doctor tells you to do.
He/She will manage your prep.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-12-09 11:01 AM
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4. This is true. Your advice is correct.
However, I posted this because I was shocked how "one size fits all" my doctor's advice was. I knew I was going to seek another doctor if I had to, because I knew I wouldn't make it past eleven without anything in my stomach. So I went searching for alternative choices and found a diet that was prescribed for prep, but by another doctor, not in my city. So, I suggested it to my doctor and got permission for the breakfast and glucerna. That's the only alteration from most prep work.

Now, here's the kicker. She said I was "cleaner" than most of her patients and an intern came and asked me for what I had eaten the day before.
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LeftyFingerPop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-12-09 11:06 AM
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6. I applaud you for researching what worked for you...
And your method is probably good if your doctor approves it beforehand. However, they do not allow threads such as these, even in the lounge.

Perhaps someone in your situation can run this by their doctor first before trying it.

I am diabetic, so I have to do some things for my prep that are out of the ordinary.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-12-09 11:12 AM
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8. I wasn't aware there was a rule. Sorry if I broke it.
The key, I think, is to get people to overcome their fears sooner so they do these tests on schedule. If people understand that they can suggest different options to their doctors, maybe they wouldn't be so reluctant to go. You would be shocked how much I had to fight, not the doctor, but my own husband who felt that the doctor's advice was cast in stone. Then the doctor gave the approval and after she told him the results, he said that I was going to prepare the food for him when his turn came up.
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LeftyFingerPop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-12-09 11:18 AM
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10. I agree with you...
People tend to put off their colonoscopies for no good reason! To me, the prep is really no big deal, except for the management of insulin, etc.

I actually "enjoy" the colonoscopy itself because of the good drugs they give you. Plus, assuming that they do not find much, it gives you a feeling of well being that you have been checked out.

Don't worry about breaking the "medical advice" rule...people do it all the time. If the mods don't like it, they will simply lock it.

:hi:
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cwydro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-12-09 11:21 AM
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11. Haven't had the pleasure of this procedure yet...
but will bookmark for future reference.
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-12-09 04:33 PM
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12. avoid large hunks of cheese. don't ask me how i know this.
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Pool Hall Ace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-12-09 05:08 PM
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13. I've already had one colonoscopy, but it is nice to know
that one can check with his/her physician to see if there is an alternative to the straight Fleet Phospho-soda or that other stuff that I can's recall. Golightly maybe?
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-12-09 10:53 PM
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14. They use over the counter stuff now. That part is not so bad, if
you reduce your meal portions for about a week beforehand.
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