Happy Friday everyone!
If you remember from Wednesday’s post, I was on a clear liquid diet for the whole day in anticipation of a colonoscopy on Thursday. The colonscopy was supposed to help solve the GI problems I’ve been dealing with for almost 7 years now.
I was really dreading the clear liquid diet, because as you tell from my blog, I really enjoy eating. Breakfast in particular. So to wake up Wednesday morning and consume coffee and lemon jello made me pretty nauseous.
Surprisingly, the hunger really didn’t bother me much at all. Even at noon I felt okay hunger-wise. The pain was my headache! I had one pretty much all day and it only got worse. Not sure if it was because a lack of caffeine, dehydration, or the amount of sugar I was consuming, but it made me feel pretty crummy.
The best part of the day was around 1 pm when Terry brought a lime slush to me at work. I never get them because I’d rather eat ice cream than drink my sugar, but it was perfect for what I needed.
So around 4 pm when I got home, I began to prepare myself to drink the prep, “Gavilyte-N”. The thought of it was making me very nervous. It’s a lot of liquid. The instructions were to drink half at 5:30 and the other half at 9:00 pm.
Well by 6:30 I got it all of the first half down and was feeling miserable- cold, shaky, weak. There’s no other way to put it= the stuff is really gross. Vile. I held my nose and gulped each glass down. I tried to distract myself with school work, but I really couldn’t concentrate at all.
By 7:30 I still had not had bowel movement. Then all of a sudden my mouth got watery and I knew what was about to happen. I ran to the bathroom and threw every. last. bit. of it up.
I was SO frustrated and felt SO defeated. I was feeling nervous about trying to drink the second half and scared it would be pointless anyways. I decided to call the on-call doctor for advice. He informed me that the prep was likely not going to work for me and that I needed to discontinue it and reschedule the colonoscopy with a different form of prep.
At first I was relieved, because it meant I didn’t have to drink the rest, but then I remembered I waited two months for this appointment! I was so close to finally getting some answers. To make matters worse the next available appointment isn’t until January.
I don’t know, I am probably overreacting, but how the heck can I drink that junk and not have a bowel movement? Now I’m afraid I have some kind of obstruction or ileus. As you can see, this post is mostly just me venting. I know that I will move on and be alright, but I’m just being real. GI issues are so confusing and sometimes thinking about what I should/shouldn’t eat or what medication may actually work is overwhelming.
So basically the most helpful lesson learned from yesterday is that no, I indeed cannot function on pure sugar. At least I got to eat saltines and peanut butter before bed.
Do you guys have a medical issue that you feel like isn’t taken serious enough or you feel somewhat hopeless about?