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    I finally have scheduled a screening colonoscopy. I turned 50 more than a year ago, and have been putting it off because I really just do not want to do it. But my health insurance is changing next year which means it will cost me much less if I do it now. So it's scheduled for next month.

    The diet instructions say no nuts, seeds, popcorn or corn for 1 week prior to the procedure. This includes fruits and vegetables with seeds.

    So which fruits and vegetables have seeds? Berries, yes. Tomatoes, yes. What about figs? One of my go-to snacks is Nature's Bakery fig bars. I assume red and orange peppers are okay if they've been sliced and the seeds have been removed. Broccoli is okay, right? What about smooth peanut butter -- the idea is to avoid little things that can linger in the colon.

    This is really going to mess up my ability to eat for a week. The bread I like has bits of nuts and seeds in it. I eat a lot of Clif bars because they've got a decent amount of protein. I eat blueberry Nutri-Grain bars and blueberry yogurt. I know these are processed foods but I would think that even blueberry filling in a cereal bar could have stray seeds in it. When I eat raisins I end up with little things stuck in my teeth -- are they seeds?

    I guess pineapples, peaches, apples, oranges are okay. And beans -- kidney beans or chick peas. And cauliflower?

    What about jelly or jam? I prefer blueberry Polaner preserves -- really I do like blueberries! But would grape jelly or jam be okay?

    BTW for the clear-liquids-only day, I asked if Gu would be okay. The doctor said one should be alright. I guess I will be stocking up on ginger ale, chicken broth and jello. (The last time I made jello I was in college and there was liquor in it.)

    I don't even want to think about the last four hours where I can't have anything at all by mouth, since the appointment is not until early afternoon. I will probably faint!
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    NY, I had my screening colonoscopy at age 50, and one thing I will say is that early on, during the prep, I was ravenous, but that actually faded, so the night before and the morning of the procedure, I felt ZERO hunger whatsoever. I don't know if this is typical or not, but I assumed it was kind of how starvation works. Not sure, but it was noticeable, like the hunger switch in my brain just turned off at some point. And for that I was thankful! I hope you have the same experience.

    I don't think I was super diligent about nuts and seeds the week before; perhaps my instructions were not quite as rigid as I don't recall a big change in my diet until two days before the procedure. Perhaps I am just forgetting, as it's been over four years now.

    I do think figs have tiny seeds. I guess google could be your friend in this case, and with many of the other things you mention.

    My mother just had a colonoscopy today, as a matter of fact, at age 81. They did find four tiny polyps but they were all the benign type. She was told she never had to have another one -- I guess if you don't have colon cancer by her age, you aren't so likely to get it. I know she is relieved!
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    Oh man, I didn't pay such close attention to the prep instructions! I think I was eating nuts until a couple of days before the procedure. Luckily, it didn't influence the result; Turns out, My colon is "beautiful"

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    I found it really hard to follow the instructions; my diet is almost all high fiber. I did it, but I *was* hungry and cranky. I drank all of that awful stuff, too, and the doctor said he couldn't "see" very well.
    Oh well. That was 8 years ago, so I will be doing this again, in a couple of years.
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    I think my doctor might have more requirements for the week before the test than others do. Someone at work told me her husband did not have to restrict his diet that much. Meanwhile I'm making a list of things I can eat that week -- shredded wheat cereal instead of the granola with nuts that I've been eating lately, regular whole-wheat bread/pita/english muffins instead of the bread I usually prefer, vanilla or pineapple or peach yogurt. I think plain old grape jelly should be okay, so I'll pick up a small jar. I'll probably also pick up some dried fruits that I know won't have seeds, like pineapple.

    The nasty liquid I have to drink is "only" 16 oz the evening before and another 16 oz at 5 am the day of. Both are followed by 32 oz of a clear liquid. So lots of drinking, but not a whole gallon of nasty stuff. I'm allowed to add Crystal Light to the nasty stuff as long as it's not red.

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    I just had to avoid eating the day before. I could drink clear liquids, and coffee without milk. Etc. They didn't say anything about the previous week. At the time, I looked up online and discovered a paper that tested it and found that certain things in small quantities the day before were okay, as long as the person was a light eater to begin with. Saltine crackers. White Ensure. Things like that. I had maybe 10 saltines the day before, and I think ginerale. (But I didn't admit to the saltines). I sipped water the morning, of, too. Also didn't tell them.

    Obviously nothing red, blue, or purple. I didn't risk the Ensure, either. I think I ate orange popsicles. I've heard of some people needing to fast only for half a day previous, but I think they were tiny and ate less than a lot of people. I've even heard of people being directed to fast 3 days in advance, which would be too much to handle, IMO.

    I brought several snacks with me; Cliff Bars, canned coffee (which I love and couldn't have the day before), I think some almonds.

    It was mostly annoying. The procedure was easy. So at least that is something.
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    Yes I was thinking that I will bring something with me to have as soon as it's over -- juice or gatorade, some fig bars or cereal bars. I have to get a friend to drive me there and back, and I'd offer to take them to lunch afterwards but I assume I will be too loopy for that.

    A few months ago I had bought a box of 6 Italian ices at the grocery store for an occasional summer treat. Then I got sick and wound up eating them all in two days -- they really hit the spot. They would be allowed as a "clear liquid" so I'll get some (lemon or orange) for that day. That and jello should help with the mental aspect of wanting to eat real food. And I'll get some chicken broth for a savory alternative. I was just in Whole Foods walking past the aisle with soy and almond milk -- I wonder if they would be okay since they're not really dairy products (which are not allowed). For the 32 oz chaser after the laxative, I'm thinking ginger ale or cream soda. Too bad that Dr. Brown's black cherry soda is the wrong color -- cherry soda was my go-to hangover drink when I was in college. Ah, memories.

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    The hospital where I had my colonoscopy has muffins and bagels waiting for you when you are in recovery. I ate stuff I never, ever would eat!
    Then, I came home and had Indian food for dinner.
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    Hmm, I had my colonoscopy done just 5 days after the appointment was booked (someone had cancelled). It was 2 yrs. ago.

    I don't recall avoiding nuts and seeds. But I did gear down to softer foods. I also had to drink a prescription based powerful laxative (or is it close to an edema?). Pretty awful tasting, but I did it every few hrs. Then had colonoscopy.

    I was a given a photo of my colon...just gorgeously clean.

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    They won't do the procedure without a name and phone number for a person driving you home. That' s the next thing I have to do -- find someone to drive me there and back.

    I remembered last night that the hospital where this will happen requires you to remove all body piercings. I've never removed the ring from my belly button before. I hope it's easy to put it back in. I suppose this is a good oppurtunity to switch to different jewelry since I've been wanting to do that for a while now. I guess some people might think 51 is too old for a pierced navel but I still like having it.

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    Admittedly after seeing my own clean healthy colon photo, it's given me even more motivation to eat generally healthy (though, I'm far from perfect) and remain active. Yay, plain yogurt, fruit...bicycling, etc.
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    I've had this done 3 times, although always with a gallon of the nasty stuff (which, to me, tastes like bad Gatorade with baking soda). Keep your intake clear the day of the prep -- I would not take any opaque liquids or a gel. The one thing you want to avoid is being recalled and have to do it again. Low residue diet: no dried fruits, no figs, no cauliflower, brocoli, beans, lentils... Northwestern Memorial has a good handout about it: http://www.nmh.org/ccurl/84/948/lowfiber-diet07.pdf
    I just do a lot of rice and chicken that week...

    Jello, broth, Ginger Ale, lemon candy, etc, are all good to have. I did not feel hungry during the prep, but I did get cold and feel a little faint in the hours leading to the procedure (also get a headache). Each time, I took a cab to the hospital and a friend picked me up. Before you are discharged, even before you get up, you will be offered a bite, some juice and some carb like a bagel or crackers).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pll View Post
    I've had this done 3 times, although always with a gallon of the nasty stuff (which, to me, tastes like bad Gatorade with baking soda). Keep your intake clear the day of the prep -- I would not take any opaque liquids or a gel. The one thing you want to avoid is being recalled and have to do it again. Low residue diet: no dried fruits, no figs, no cauliflower, brocoli, beans, lentils... Northwestern Memorial has a good handout about it: http://www.nmh.org/ccurl/84/948/lowfiber-diet07.pdf
    I just do a lot of rice and chicken that week...

    Jello, broth, Ginger Ale, lemon candy, etc, are all good to have. I did not feel hungry during the prep, but I did get cold and feel a little faint in the hours leading to the procedure (also get a headache). Each time, I took a cab to the hospital and a friend picked me up. Before you are discharged, even before you get up, you will be offered a bite, some juice and some carb like a bagel or crackers).
    Well, the diet from Northwestern is interesting. If I follow that for a week I think I will need a laxative...

    At this point my biggest concern is the 4 hours with absolutely no food, drink, candy, nothing at all prior to the procedure. I simply don't go that long without drinking a lot, ever. And on a normal day I get lightheaded when I"m hungry, so I probably will faint on the way to the hospital.

    Meanwhile re: the belly button piercing, I have a captured bead ring now which apparently is best removed by a professional. Later this week I'm going to a tattoo/piercing place recommended by a friend to look at new jewelry. I hope I can get something that I can easily remove and put back by myself. I tried to do an internet search on jewelry for body piercing last night to get some ideas on what I might want, and ended up downloading a trojan to my pc. Microsoft Security Essentials to the rescue!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ny biker View Post
    Well, the diet from Northwestern is interesting. If I follow that for a week I think I will need a laxative...
    Curiously enough... you will be getting one! Don't worry about that. The one time I had the procedure in the afternoon, I had a terrible headache and spent those hours laying on my bed. It was not a good time and the IV could not be put in place fast enough (within minutes of being hooked on the IV, I felt better). The worst part of the entire deal is the anticipation, so don't anguish about it. Once you start, you'll get it done, no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pll View Post
    Curiously enough... you will be getting one! Don't worry about that. The one time I had the procedure in the afternoon, I had a terrible headache and spent those hours laying on my bed. It was not a good time and the IV could not be put in place fast enough (within minutes of being hooked on the IV, I felt better). The worst part of the entire deal is the anticipation, so don't anguish about it. Once you start, you'll get it done, no problem.
    I think I was given anaesthesia or something....because was put on the surgery gurney or whatever with physician and someone else by. Then I awoke and they were done. Photo of my colon given after I got dressed.
    No pain, etc.

    I didn't eat heck of a lot during the day before colonoscopy. As mentioned, I took a prescribed laxative ...actually is was mixing up to 1 litre of stuff from a drug powder with cold water.

    There are worse things...cancer+ chemo..etc. That was what I was thinking.. A lot worse.

    I know my partner ended up lying on the living rm. carpet and napped, because he got weakened in prepping himself prior to colonoscopy. He's 5'10" @ 190 lbs.
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