Saturday, June 25, 2011
When I was at the doctor, she offered to let me postpone my colonoscopy if I thought it would interfere with my weight loss progress. Since I am already 3 years behind the recommended schedule, I said I wanted to do it now. I did not ask why she would think it might interfere...big mistake.
I need to be on a 'low residue' diet for the weekend. I finally found an exact description of what is allowed this morning:
The following foods can be eaten as part of a low-residue diet:
Refined breads, cereals, crackers, chips and pasta with less than 1 gram of fiber per serving (Note: Ideally, look for products with zero grams of dietary fiber per serving.)
Vegetable juices without seeds or pulp
Fruit juices with no pulp
Milk, yogurt, pudding, ice cream, and cream-based soups and sauces (strained)
Tender meat, poultry, fish and eggs
Oil, margarine, butter and mayonnaise
Smooth salad dressings
Broth-based soups (strained)
Jelly, honey and syrup
So I can do the vegetable juice without seeds or pulp - I drink low sodium V8 all the time. I think it is OK. I can also do the tender meat, poultry, fish and eggs. Aside from that, I don't eat/drink ANY of this stuff. I don't even have most of it in my house. This is going to be a tough weekend!
I do have to say I would not postpone the test for anything at this point. The mother of one of my DD's best friends was just diagnosed with colon cancer. She was having routine tests before a hernia operation and they saw 'something' on the scan. She should be having surgery on Monday.
EDIT after Jan's Post: Supposedly the low residue diet makes the prep a little easier and more effective. If you are not all 'cleaned out' they may have to do it again. I am really not too anxious about the test itself - it is more about the 'unknown', the results. I always feel this way about the doctor and tests.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Nelson is still in the hospital but will probably be coming home tomorrow. I have been there every day since he went to the ER. I am fried - I am so tired I cannot see straight. I came home tonight and cried for 10 solid minutes.
But I did not eat any junk food, although the candy bars at the snack bar were calling my name. I did not pull over at any of the fast food places either, even though I knew there was no dinner at home and I would have to cook when I got there.
My DS sent me this text the other day - "...you're an amazing person, and it's important that you know that."
I need to remember this.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Nelson had 'movement' this morning so he is now getting juice to drink. He can also have jello but so far he isn't interested. I just learned that they need to put in a new IV, which doesn't really surprise me. I figured this would happen once he got a little more active. Still on track to leave the hospital on Tuesday.
With all of this going on I never posted an update on my own appointment. I was reminded because I found the blood test results in my mailbox today (forgot to check the mail yesterday). So far, so good. My glucose is 91, my cholesterol is 148 (I think this is a record low), my triglycerides are 88, LDL is 87 and HDL is 43. That number could be higher - lower than 40 is not good and 60 is very good. But the doc is happy with the numbers.
This is a new doctor, so I filled her in on the past two years of weight loss and subsequent re-gain. She asked if I gained it all back and I have not. She said 'Then you are ahead of the game - I am glad you are losing again'. She asked how I was doing it and when I told her SparkPeople she said another of her patients was having great success with SP.
Of course at my age additional tests are required. The colonoscopy is scheduled for the 28th. I have been playing phone tag with the mammography center since Wednesday but I think tomorrow will be the day to get that appointment set as well.
As far as the sleep goes, she thinks that I am getting up a lot for the bathroom at night due to the swelling I get in my legs each day. She wants me to put my legs up over the level of my heart for 2 hours every day after I get home from work. I did do it Monday and Tuesday and I woke up less for the bathroom although I was still waking up for no apparent reason, just not as often I think. Maybe that will pass as I get used to not getting up for the bathroom as much. Of course, I have not done it since Tuesday due to Nelson's medical problems and all the time I am spending at the hospital. I am hoping things will settle down to a dull roar come Tuesday and I can give it a serious test.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Nelson is doing better. They removed the tube this morning. Still no 'movement' but the nurses are optimistic that tomorrow will be the day, based on progress so far. I was so happy to see him smile when his brother and I walked in today. The first thing he said was, 'What did you bring me?", a sure sign that he was feeling better. We got him to walk down to the sunroom and back, which pleased the nurses too.
Tomorrow will be interesting, as my kids are coming over to see their dad and I have to get Merrill down to see his brother as well. Something tells me I am in for another long day. I also need to do grocery shopping and laundry and DH has to change the oil in my car. But it's all good!
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