You guys! I am super excited about this. I am working on a very big project. A little while ago, I was talking to my therapist about how hard it was being where I am with my RA and lupus. Right now, we’re still waiting to see if my new medications will work. I’m not working. I’m stuck at home. I can’t go outside much during the day because of my super sun sensitivity. I can’t go out much at night because I need sleep. It’s a lot of watchful waiting stuck at home, and I don’t feel very productive.
The other thing that’s hard is that what I can do changes from day to day.
It’s really hard to have a routine when you don’t know what you’ll be able to do from one day to the next. Most of the time, I end up feeling like I’m just sitting around waiting to get better. It’s not very beneficial for my mental and emotional health.
So… I came up with something!
It’s clear diet and prep day! Am I feeling miserable and sorry for myself? Heck no. Today is easy! The last few days were much more stressful because I was in a constant panic that I’d accidentally eaten something on the “no no” list. I think I checked Google 5 times during dinner last night to make sure Parmesan cheese is allowed on a low residue diet. According to the Googles it was. If not… sorry.
Today? Super easy.
It’s dinner time the night before you’re stuck eating clear liquids for a full day, and then nothing the morning after that? Perfect time for a nice big ”last hurrah” meal to tide you over! Right?
DON’T DO IT!!
I mean, some people can do it and get lucky with their prep… but… what you eat today is what’s coming out tomorrow. Big heavy meals right before colonoscopy prep usually don’t end well.
Don’t ask your gut to work overtime today and then hit it with a crap ton of laxatives tomorrow. It will flip you off. Think about easing into your colonoscopy and easing out of your colonoscopy. You want your gut to be nice and relaxed going into prep day!
So… life with multiple chronic conditions gets interesting again! Yesterday, my neurologist changed my brain meds for my Chiari malformation. That was a fun chat. He warned me that my new medication might make me a little out of it.
Me: That’s nothing new.
Doc: You might tell the same story over and over.
Me: I do that already!
Doc: You might forget what you’re doing while you’re doing it.
I hadn’t actually been planning to start blogging this soon, but I have a colonoscopy coming up on Tuesday. Hopefully, I won’t need another one for at least three years, so this is kind of a golden opportunity! I mean, who doesn’t love talking about colonoscopy prep? Woo hoo!
So… 4 days out. Yesterday, I stopped taking my vitamins and supplements. Except for one. Some of my recent blood work came back showing low potassium. It’s only a touch low. Not a big deal. It’s a side effect of one of my medications, but my primary doc did put me on supplementary potassium.