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A Condemned Woman's Last (tasty) Meal! :-)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012




I think I can be forgiven for being a tad food-obsessed TODAY. After all, everything Spark stands for is about to turned on its head TOMORROW, courtesy of the NHS rules on eating prior to a barium enema!





So, I'm sitting here, having just consumed a fair bit more in a day than I normally would, because come tomorrow, most of my fave food is banned from my belly for the next three days or so.

Tomorrow is what I have dubbed "White Food Day" No dairy, no veg, no fruit, no whole foods, no red meat.





Given the list of food I can eat, I have endeavoured to be inventive, but I'll be honest. I've failed! I can't concentrate for more than five minutes on tomorrow's food, because all I could think of was what I could eat today.

So, I have eaten a selection of my favourite foods today. I started with a Nutrigrain bar, closely followed by the last 150g out of my pot of Onken yogurt - with Sophie helping to lick out the pot, in case I leave enough to be tempted by tomorrow!





She takes her "Protective of Mummy" duties very seriously you know. Note: the intense look of concentration on her face. :-)

Having put a little somthin' somthin' in my tum, I headed for Waitrose for some last minute edibles for tomorrow, and a few more tasty treats for today.

Once back, I did some aerobics - 50 mins (1 gold and 1 Silver medal towards my Olympic total), the made up a bowl of porage, topped with apple. Nom!

Next stop, once that was digested - the nice new kettle for a cup of tea, and a banana muffin. :-)





A short while later I nommed a Waitrose prawn mayo sarnie, and shortly after that, wished I hadn't because my bod gave me a stern reminder of why I am NOT allowed to chicken out of the enema!

Never mind. Tummy resettled, and Tara and I got some cleaning done, before having a slice of toast with some baked beans and a fried egg on top.

And finally, tonight, I have had a small plate of pork chow mein on a small bed of rice.

That is IT! I am totally stuffed. :-)

So, tomorrow for breakfast, I have cooked 50g of white rice, and I have a plan to turn it into a form of kedgeree, by adding in some flaked up smoked salmon, and a chopped up hard boiled egg.

Lunch is picking on offcuts of smoked salmon with any kedgeree leftovers.

Dinner is a leg of chicken, with either noodles of potato, depending on how I feel when the time comes.

And I have 3 pints of jelly in the fridge! 2 pints of orange and 1 pint of blackcurrant. Now, I don't plan to eat it all myself, but it is the only dessert allowed, and at least it will provide some colour! LOL





I shall miss my five-a-day, and hope that everything settles down quickly after the procedure, so that I can return to my normal diet as soon as possible.

I wonder what I'll crave the most. :-)


I know I'll miss my fresh greens...





It will take a lot to keep my cravings under control. I probably need an incentive to avoid the fridge temptations...





I could get pretty desperate for some red meat...





But a slight accident will stop me getting that close to the meat...





I just hope no-one places temptation in my path!





Hugs,
Lex xxx
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TEDYBEAR2838 8/1/2012 4:53PM

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BOVEY63 8/1/2012 2:11PM

    Such a fun blog - greats pics and usual and absolutely love the one of Sophie!
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-POOKIE- 8/1/2012 9:29AM

    Hope all goes ok x

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STONECOT 8/1/2012 9:23AM

    A woman has to do what a woman has to do! Good luck for tomorrow. emoticon

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SENATOR9 8/1/2012 8:38AM

    Hope everything goes well

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CARLA-216 8/1/2012 7:26AM

    Good luck, Lexie! I hope it goes OK for you, both the preparation and the procedure!

I just love that picture of Sophie (as you know)! It is totally something that goes on in my house as well.

xoxo
Carla

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SLENDERCLAIRE 8/1/2012 4:58AM

    Hope it all goes well - and hope the results are what you want!

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NEW-CAZ 8/1/2012 2:52AM

    Lex hun, hope all goes well, doesn't sound a lot of fun and I feel for you babe.
Love pics of your devoted Sophie. Keep positive, it'll soon be over and you can eat all the healthy stuff once more.
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ANNEMAC5 8/1/2012 2:09AM

    Hope all goes well the less you eat now the less to flush out ! Keep your fluid levels up. Just keep feeding Tara it helps to focus on others. Love the picture of Sophie (even although I am a cat person). Keep positive and think how much this special examination would cost if we were not under the NHS.
Anne :)

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_LINDA 8/1/2012 1:36AM

    Loved the funnies! I think I am having serious empathy with you. This morning I was getting my 10 k in running to the washroom. Not fun. Fortunately, it finally stopped before I had to go to my fitness class.
Was a little wobbly and dizzy in places, but made it through with my usual intensity -180 fitness minutes down for the day. I get a complete physical tomorrow and my biweekly painful injection. Might as well make the day fun! Will be thinking of you and that bizarre diet. I had none of this rubbish when I got it done, was only a day of discomfort. I wonder why they are drawing it out so long..
Sending calming non food vibes your way,
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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MNOT2THICK 7/31/2012 10:45PM

    Best of luck on the procedure. I am smiling and praying for the best. emoticon

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SHAWFAN 7/31/2012 8:45PM

    What a great blog! Thanks for the smiles! Hope the procedure goes well. emoticon

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LLEWIS6879 7/31/2012 8:13PM

    You do a great blog! What an interesting read! Good luck with your procedure! Hope everything turns out ok....

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LOVESLIFE48 7/31/2012 7:06PM

    Hugs to you my friend!! I will be thinking of you!!

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Olympic Exercise Challenge!!! Are You Up For It?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hi everyone!

I was exercising with my Exerbeat and wearing my chocolate Gold Medal this morning (given to me by Tara to cheer me up while I deal with my health issues). I wasn't wearing it and exercising at the same time, you understand. LOL





Anyway, as I stood there, staring at the medals I'd earned in the boxing section of Exerbeat, I thought to myself that Exerbeat is the perfect game to have an Olympic Challenge with!

So I challenged my pals on the Exerbeat Spark Team. :-)

Then I did some more thinking while getting my breakfast. What about my blog pals on Spark? Can't we have a challenge too?


So, this is what I've come up with...





From today (28th July) until the close of the Olympic Games on 12th August, how many medals - Gold, Silver and Bronze, can you earn while exercising?

Aerobic type exercise, i.e. jogging, cycling, aerobics, swimming, dancing, Exerbeat for Wii, or other exercise games, etc

10 minutes = Bronze
20 minutes = Silver
30 minutes = Gold

Strength-type exercise involving repetitions

5 reps = Bronze
10 reps = Silver
15 reps = Gold

A couple of examples...

Today I did 15 mins of dancing, so I get a Bronze medal for that, plus I did 30 Minutes of Boxing, so I get a Gold Medal for that.

If I'd done a 45 minute Aerobic exercise, I would get 1 Gold and 1 Bronze for it (30 mins plus 10 mins) or 2 silvers if I prefer. :-)

Keep a tally of your efforts, and I'll blog for your results at the end of the Olympics on the 12th August.

Medals and Cups for the winners!!!

How does that sound?

Ooh, and if you want to challenge your own blog pals as well, feel free to copy the relevant bits of this blog to paste in your own blog. :-)


27th: 1 Bronze - Dancing, 1 Gold - Boxing
28th:
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30th:
31st:
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3rd:
4th:
5th:
6th:
7th:
8th:
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And talking of the Olympics, did any of you see the Opening Ceremony last night?





AWESOMENESS abounded!

To quote Gary Lineker...

It was Bold, Bonkers, Brilliant and British!

I actually cried when they started uprooting that tree! I cried with laughter at Her Maj parachuting from the helicopter, and again when Mr Bean got involved. And when all those Mary Poppins floated down... WOWSERS!!!

Then there was the procession of athletes from 205 countries, which was a joy to behold - the pride, the smiles, the joy.

And the cauldron ...

What can I say about the cauldron?

It was the most inspired piece of art I have ever seen. The symbolism of the piece just blew me away!

7000 of the most amazingly awesome volunteers I've ever seen created a magical evening never to be forgotten!

I am so glad I watched.

Enjoy your weekend! Go Team GB!!!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 7/31/2012 1:53PM

    Way to go for the gold!!!
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SCREWIE 7/31/2012 2:43AM

    I missed the first few days (although I must have got about 8 or 9 golds in cycling), but I'll try to do it from today :)

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 7/29/2012 4:07AM

    This challenge is a brilliant idea.

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LKWQUILTER 7/28/2012 6:02PM

    Thanks for the challenge. I am going to do my best to do this and share it with my TOPS group and see if they won't try it too.

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CARLA-216 7/28/2012 4:13PM

    What a great idea!

I missed the opening ceremonies. Wonder if I can view it online, on Youtube perhaps?

xoxo
Carla

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BRADMILL2922 7/28/2012 12:17PM

    Great idea!

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DEBBIEDAY 7/28/2012 10:33AM

    Great idea...but I don't have any exercise games or machines. Will track minutes and arerobic workouts...

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SENATOR9 7/28/2012 10:24AM

    I watch it twice It was fantastic.Your idea is great .It's a win win situation

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_LINDA 7/28/2012 10:23AM

    I missed most of the opening ceremonies *huge pout* I was sleeping. Yesterday was a bad day for me, very tired and took a nap that did not make me feel any better after my trip to the Berry Barn. Dog tired -did NO exercise so for day 1 of the challenge I am already behind. But today 2 hrs of cardio and strength training is on the agenda. Going to be hard tearing myself away from watching the Olympics on TV -watching the men's road race in cycling right now, but will have to leave before the end to get to my classes :( That Box Hill sounds like a leg eater :P I never liked hills on a bike, and going for the incredible distance they are wowsers!
Have a great day and enjoy the games!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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LOVESLIFE48 7/28/2012 9:11AM

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GABY1948 7/28/2012 8:54AM

    Love this idea...thanks for the invite! HUGS, Gaye

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ANNEMAC5 7/28/2012 8:39AM

    Are you ok doing this ? don't push for too many medals with your hospital visit coming up.
You can count me in I will make a paper note for now.
I did wonder what the other nations would make of the opening but it is our olympics. It was just so clever the way the stage evolved. I loved the making of the gold ring and May poppins and Queenie and Mr Bean and the beds lit up with all the children enjoying themselves. So proud of the whole thing. The cauldron was amazing and I am looking forward to tomorrow when I can see it in person.
Anne :)

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NEW-CAZ 7/28/2012 7:57AM

    Clever idea Lex, I loved it last night- I had goosebumps and a tears for most of it, and laugher hysterucally at Rowen Atkinson, I had a belly ache after!

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CHICCHANTAL 7/28/2012 7:52AM

    Brill idea! Can I earn medals for stuff I do down the gym? Elliptical trainer, treadmill etc? Am not allowed to jog as it would stuff up my joints.

I was also watching the opening ceremony last night and particularly liked Mr Bean. Did wonder how much people from other cultures would make of some of it eg Brunel and the maypole. Must have been a right education for them!



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It's Not About Size. It's About Healthy.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

It's not about size.

It's about healthy.

We need to stop obsessing about the labels in our clothes and the clothing industry's measurements of what is a 'normal' size.

We need to stop obsessing about the bathroom scales.

Be comfortable in your skin. Love your body, including all its lumps and bumps, and just focus on being healthy.

Exercise, Eat , and be happy with your choices.

Have Fun! You will exercise more successfully if you enjoy it!

Fat and Fit are NOT mutually exclusive!

Skinny and Fit are NOT mutually inclusive!

Lettuce is for Rabbits...

Unless you like lettuce, in which case, Enjoy! :-)

Cake is tasty. Just measure your portion.

No food is truly bad, unless you are allergic to it!

Your Choices are your Choices. Own them, and be happy with them. They are a good fit for you. Even if they are not a good fit for someone else.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

No food can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Your Body.

Your Life.

Your Choices.

Your Happiness.

Love Yourself!

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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    Thank you :)

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ROSIE777 7/29/2012 1:24PM

    Awesome Thank you for sharing.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 7/28/2012 2:15PM

    Whoopie! Well said!

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TRAVELNISTA 7/27/2012 8:22AM

    Nice! great attitude!

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VAILIEN1 7/26/2012 9:42PM

    Thanks Lexie for the words of wisdom and encouragement!
Exerbeat has been great for me; I'm a little past half way around the world. I have used it every day since I got the game and sometimes twice! Thanks again for the recommendation!

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GERIKRAGH 7/26/2012 9:33PM

    Very wise words.

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DEE107 7/26/2012 7:12PM

    nice blog thank you

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DFROMTX 7/26/2012 6:26PM

    Wise words! I enjoyed the cartoons, too.

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/26/2012 5:55PM

    Cute!

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  Very good points and Very well said........... emoticon

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    Awesome!

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    Another great blog, you are very wise. Looks like it hit the spot with a ot of people. Hope your fan kept you cool to-day emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 7/26/2012 1:48PM

    Thanks. So true too.

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    You said it so well!!!
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    I liked this blog

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    Awesome blog

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-POOKIE- 7/26/2012 10:56AM

    Love it!

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_LINDA 7/26/2012 10:49AM

    Well said Lexie!! I work out hard and lots because its fun and I love the way I feel. it also lets me indulge in my favorite salty snacks and my dark chocolate. I have never deprived myself. I have just learned to make sure its within reason so the weight won't come back :P My size is what ever I fit into. The ridiculous sizes out there leave me shaking my head and frustrated you must try every little thing on to ensure a good fit. No wonder I prefer men's clothing -one size always fits the same!!!
Love the funnies, especialy the credit card one ;)
Have a totally terrific Thursday!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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IDLETYME 7/26/2012 10:46AM

    Caz loved this and sent it to me. I love it too. Good information and cute cartoons!!! emoticon

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AKELAZ 7/26/2012 10:45AM

    Great blog - which I read thanks to Caz who pointed me in this direction.
She's right - a point well made - couldn't be put better.

Definitely the way forward for me.
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GABY1948 7/26/2012 10:43AM

    CAZ sent me...I'm glad she did! GREAT blog!

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LOVESLIFE48 7/26/2012 10:38AM

    Great blog!! Great advice!! Thanks!!

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CHICCHANTAL 7/26/2012 10:25AM

    Lettuce is actually bad for rabbits. I'm not sure about it for human either, mind. I want to feel comfortable in my skin, but also in size 18 (UK) clothes . . .

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    Great blog!! I think that everyone should read it, and live by those thoughts!!! emoticon

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4C_DIVA 7/26/2012 10:10AM

    Great blog....so true! We are definitely a size obsessed nation.

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My Biggest Fan...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012




Could not take the heat anymore! Two days at Silly Degrees of heat and no breeze, and two nights of hardly any sleep, and I've had enough.

Wimp!!! LOL


I'm Melting! I'm Melting!




So, seeing as I had a little spare cash, and the new kettle could wait because I have one that works on the cooker, Tara and I went down to Homebase and came home with an Oscillating Electric Floor-Standing Fan!

We really worked up a real sweat building it! I couldn't believe how many pieces it came in. But eventually, thanks largely to Tara's sound logic, rather than to coherent instructions, we had it up and running.

What a relief! Even on the lowest setting it is chucking out a decent amount of cooling air. And we've set it where it alternates between pointing at Tara and pointing at me.

Sophie, bless her, is not impressed by the weird moving thing in the corner, but it has already helped her to stop panting, so she'll just have to put up with it. :-)

Oh, and look what was parked opposite our house the other day:

The Scooby Mystery Machine, sort of...





Tired and achy today from all the poking and prodding yesterday I guess. So having a quiet day, I hope. :-) Not actually exercising today, for once in a way. Won't hurt to have a rest. Also, even after a week, I still have that crick in my neck. It isn't much of a problem during the day, but at night is a right nuisance because I can't get properly comfortable on my left side. If it continues I may have to visit the GP. But I suspect it is largely due to stress, and that once I've been through all the necessaries next week, it will ease off.

Have a good Wednesday!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SCREWIE 7/31/2012 2:50AM

    I don't know about your way, but it didn't last long here. Woke up this morning to a miserable drizzle :(

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ANNEMAC5 7/26/2012 1:52AM

    Lexie you do make me smile you have such a lovely imagination. Love the fan does it use a lot of electricity ? Although you might not be using it for long I think we will be 10 degrees cooler this week end.
How are you feeling to-day ? rest keep cool and keep drinking your water,
Anne :)

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CHICCHANTAL 7/25/2012 9:20PM

    one of my cats isnt warm enough yet. He keeps wedging himself up against me on the sofa. In this weather. argh.

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_LINDA 7/25/2012 1:53PM

    Don't need a fan here, the wind is enough to pick you up and carry you away :P. Our temperature also dropped like a stone and its actually cool and good for working out in!
Enjoy your fan, hope you feel better soon!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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NEW-CAZ 7/25/2012 12:08PM

    Even I'll agree it's a tad too hot emoticon be nice if it remains dry for Friday!

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CARLA-216 7/25/2012 11:35AM

    I'm glad you got a fan to help keep you cool. [I'd die or my husband would kill me from all the whining if we didn't have air conditioning in our house.] Life is too short to be uncomfortable. Enjoy that fan!

xoxo
Carla

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SENATOR9 7/25/2012 11:18AM

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Ultrasound Scan Down... Barium Enema to go...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

For some reason the link to The Rainbow Connection in my last blog isn't working, no matter what I do. Seems my links box on SP is hiccupping on me. So if you go to You Tube and look up 'Muppet Movie - The Rainbow Connection', you should find the song in full at the top of the list



Well, I am back home, minus pints of sweat from the long hot walk, but relieved to know that nothing iffy showed up in the Ultrasound Scan.

No kidney stones, and bladder is filling and emptying normally -- Check!

Two ovaries, one playing peekaboo behind my womb, but no sign of anything dodgy there either -- check!

Had to be walked to the appointment, walked to the toilet, and walked out, because the new medical centre is open plan, with glass walls everywhere, and the ultrasound room is upstairs, and over a glass-sided walkway, causing my Vertigo to kick in! -- Check!!!

Pain starts when I'm on my way home -- Check!!!
Oh the irony!!! LOL

Next stop is the Barium Enema, the joy of which starts next Wednesday - my 'white flavourless food and jelly day'. Followed on Thursday by my 'Turbo Laxative Day', and culminating on Friday with the Enema itself, after which I will likely need to go to bed to rest up. Not thrilled to have my daughter's MIL say that she knows someone who had this done recently and it was "Horrendous!" Daughter's MIL is a surgery receptionist! *gulp*

I told Bry that it is a good job she's coming up to be with me through the whole thing, because - given my track record - I'd be trying to wriggle out of it, saying things like.. "The pain's not that bad... really... I can handle it" *cry - scream - tearing out of hair* "I don't need the enema., I tell you!!" *while bent double with pain*

I also told her that when she comes up she needs to bring a gas mask with her, and a very large box of matches!!! emoticon

Thursday won't be a lot of fun for anyone in this house within sniffing distance! LOLOL

I've got my wellies on standby Anne! Thanks for those. LOLOL

I've loaded up the bathroom with more suitable reading material for the duration. Some more Pam Ayres, Richard Gordon and Alan Coren to while away the time. :-)

Would that I could write a poem about barium enemas. I'll have to put my thinking cap on. Now... what rhymes with 'enema'?

Enjoy the hot weather. I will, now that I don't have to walk anywhere in it.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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JWOURMS 7/26/2012 4:44AM

    I had an endoscopy a few months ago. The laxitives were the worst part of it. So for me - yes Horrendous.

That said - it didn't kill me and rest of it felt SO MUCH easier.

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_LINDA 7/24/2012 7:49PM

    You are such a trooper with a great sense of humour! So glad the first test was normal! Did you know you will lose 6 lbs with your go juice? That is how much waste product your entire intestional tract carries. Would be the day to enjoy the scale ;) So glad darling daughter is coming up, emotional support would be great!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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CHICCHANTAL 7/24/2012 3:26PM

    I must say it's a credit to yo uthat you can still crack jokes under such trying circs. Rock on.

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    Glad everything check

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ANNEMAC5 7/24/2012 1:26PM

    Glad the scan was negative. I did think of you to-day it has been so hot nearly 30 degrees. So onwards to the enema aiming for the cleanest bowel in Essex. Keep the wellies handy. Glad your daughter will be with you.
I just copied and pasted the Kermit link and it worked perfectly. Keep smiling
Anne :)

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NEW-CAZ 7/24/2012 12:45PM

    One down, one to go.
emoticon for sticking to the appt and I'm glad all was well. I hope the same can be said next time, but if there is something that it's soon fixed.
Your attitude to this unfortunate and painful illness that's hit you has been admirable hun and I praise you for keeping your nutty sense of humour and sharing it in your own inimitable away.

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CARLA-216 7/24/2012 10:20AM

    I'm glad it went okay and nothing was found wrong, but so sorry you have to have the BE. :( I hope it turns up that nothing is wrong with you, or nothing that won't be an easy fix and is not serious. I'm glad Bryony is coming to stay with you. She'll be a great help and comfort to you, I'm sure.

xoxo
Carla

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