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Scarlett the Bulldog

Diet before colonoscopy

... Bit boring, isn't it? 😐
Everything is white!! And eggs only boiled or poached, I won't be able to make any omelettes.... Potatoes, only boiled or mashed, no chips! Thank goodness its only for 3 days

Mags54

Ooh @Scarlett the Bulldog , I received a bulky, interesting looking envelope in the post the other day. I'd been on an Ebay/Amazon spendathon post Christmas so I could hardly wait to open it! I made myself a cup of tea, settled down and opened.... My bowel prep.
Mine's the 6th Feb, when's yours? :x::x::x:

Clarissa

H @Scarlett the Bulldog & @Mags54. I was on the white diet last weekend, in preparation for a colonoscopy on Monday, so your posts bring back the not-very-happy memories! It’s such a contrast to my usual diet, so I found it really difficult but, as you say, it’s only for a short time. I filled the hunger gaps with rich tea biscuits, which were on my list of permitted foods. If I never see another rich tea biscuit again, I won’t miss them! On the good side, my colonoscopy showed everything is OK and the tea & toast afterwards tasted heavenly.

Bye for now,

Clarissa :x::x::x:

Scarlett the Bulldog

Ha ha, @Mags54, that story did make be laugh! I can imagine the disappointment😀. Mine is on the 9th February, 8.30 appointment, but I anticipate a bit of hanging around.
Ahhh, @Clarissa, the tea and toast sounds nice. It's always nicer if someone else makes it for you! Did you have the sedation?

Bear G

I'll be honest, the diet pre-colonoscopy is OK in my opinion, it's the bowel prep that's the real treat!!!
:x::x:

Mags54

@Scarlett the Bulldog,@Clarissa and “Bear G, I’m definitely having sedation! I’m such a mardie! God only knows how I got through this past year. The thing that’s worrying me, though is I haven’t had any instructions with regard to diet in the preceding days, apart from the day before and the actual day of procedure when I have to fast. No special “white” diet. I didn’t last time and nor did my husband who has had one just recently. Is this a hospital preference, do you think?
:x::x::x:

Scarlett the Bulldog

Are you having yours done at Salford royal @Mags54. I'm having mine at Wythenshawe

Clarissa

Hi @Scarlett the Bulldog, yes I did have sedation, it’s nothing too drastic, I was awake & aware of what was happening but felt very comfortable throughout the procedure. However there are restrictions on what you can & can’t do for 12 hours afterwards. @Mags54 - interesting that your instructions just involve fasting. Mine (from North Tees health trust) involved a very restricted diet on Saturday & on Sunday up until 2pm, then no more food until after the procedure which was on Monday early afternoon. I thought this approach was fairly standard but obviously it must vary.

Clarissa :x::x::x:

Scarlett the Bulldog

Is it the taste or the effect that's the real treat @Bear G?😁😁😁

Scarlett the Bulldog

Mines similar @Clarissa, white diet for two days, then nothing 24 hours before procedure. I'm going to be starving!!!

Mags54

My daughter said she’d love to try the Moviprep. She’s always been fascinated by colonic irrigation. @Scarlett the Bulldog, that diet sounds like the low residue one I was put on after my diagnosis. I quite enjoyed it!
I’ll ring the dept (I’ll be back in work next week so I can just walk round!) and check but I’ve just checked everything again and there’s no mention of diet other than the Movi day and obviously THE day.
Yes, Scarlett, I’m at Salford Royal- aka work!
:x::x::x:

Wendywood

I was never given any strict diet recommendations.... though the white fluffy food (that I would never normally eat) rings a bell. I ate eggs in preparation. What I do remember were the helpful words about food intake from my colorectal nurse: 'what goes in has to come out'. Said it all!

In some weirdly wonderful way part of me actually enjoyed the whole process :) So impressed with the smooth professional way it all happened.

Fond memories: saying to my husband the night of drinking the prep 'there must be something wrong, nothing's happening'. Then spending the next 2 hours laughing at myself because I couldn't actually risk getting off the loo! Take a book or a Kindle in the loo with you!

My colonoscopy took place over the Glastonbury weekend. Lying there with a camera being manipulated around inside me, the consultant, the two accompanying nurses and I all shared an interesting conversation. Festival toilets, mud, and personal camping experiences were some topics we covered. At one point I did break into a very untuneful rendition of 'Oh, Jeremy Corbyn' but I think that was the gas and air kicking in! Hahaha.

@Mags54 and @Scarlett the Bulldog hope your colonoscopies go well......enjoy!

Smiles - Wendy :x:

Mags54

Thank you @Wendywood! Good luck with your treatment, too.
:x::x::x::x::x:

tisme

I empathise with you. I had to do the low residue diet but I didn't mind the bovril it made a change from black tea. The last colonoscopy I had they told me not to do the low residue diet and without being gross bit of food was still there. To be honest the prep is the worst I can't remember what it was called but there was gallons of it to drink.