If you were given the choice between…
dark chocolate oat bran waffles topped with strawberry cottage cheese, strawberries, & raisins
apple juice & chicken broth
…what would you choose?
Option A? Heck yeah! Option B? I seriously think you ought to reconsider your decision-making skills…
Yesterday’s breakfast was fabulous and definitely will be made again! Today’s breakfast was not so fabulous… Broth for breakfast? No, I am not doing a cleansing, rather I’m prepping. Prepping for… a colonoscopy. If you’re already grossed stop reading now because the rest of this post explains the reason for having the colonoscopy. If you’re still reading, let me explain…
Growing up, I had digestive problems. As a baby I was lactose-intolerant and couldn’t drink the typical baby formula and as I grew older I experienced a bunch of stomach issues, one year I threw up every single night for a few months [yuck]. I went to a doctor who ran various tests, including a CAT scan and I had to drink [the most disgusting] barium contrast but he found nothing. His recommendation: stay away from rich foods and take a Tums tablet when my stomach hurt. Thankfully, my symptoms subsided over the years and throwing up became a rare occurrence.
Fast forward to more recent years… Over the past two years I have experienced more digestive issues, but rather than throwing up, it’s been the other end. I get random and intense stabbing pain in my lower abdomen to the point where all I want to do is curl up into a ball and scream. In addition, I’ve had periods of constipation and diarrhea [TMI, sorry]. I had a CAT in the spring of 2011 and another one this past winter but yet again my results showed nothing. Their recommendation: a colonosocopy.
My doctor thinks that I most likely have IBS [Irritable Bowel Syndrome] or IBD [Inflammatory Bowel Disease] which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s. For information about the differences between IBS and IBD, check out this article from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America or this chart from About.com.
Part of me is hopeful that the doctor will see something tomorrow morning during the procedure but the other part of me is fearful that if they see anything that means something is actually wrong… We shall see. Regardless, I cannot wait to eat solid food again 🙂 Chicken broth, jello, juice, and popsicles are not that satisfying.
Daily Memorable Moments
February 18: Bringing Charlie over for the first time to grandmomma’s house so we could all have dinner and start planning the wedding!
February 19: Liquid diet. This experience makes me wonder how people can do week-long cleanses?!
Question: What would your first “real” meal after finishing a diet?
Question: What’s your fave liquid? Juice, soda, water…