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.