Well it's that time again.
Three to five years after my last one, it's time to have another colonoscopy.
People are afraid of having this test, but really the only thing that is difficult about this test is the prep.
That really is the worst part.
You have two choices of preps these days. You either have the Tri light which is the gallon of liquid that tastes terrible, bloats your stomach and makes you feel a bit sick.
Or the new one, that you take in 12 hour intervals. It's not nearly as much liquid, but if you schedule your colonoscopy for first thing in the morning, as I do, (and I highly recommend this timing)... then you have to get up at 2 o'clock in the morning to take the second dose and you might lose out on some sleep.
So I chose to do the gallon of liquid as I have done before. Its not that hard, its just a lot of liquid and you do feel quite full.
You'll likely spend a lot of time on the toilet either prep you choose.
Have you ever noticed that you eat while you watch TV, drive, work, talk on the telephone? That sometimes you just eat, mindlessly? Just shoveling food in with no real thought about whether it tastes good, feels good, IS good?
Are you one of the many of us? The people who eat too fast, too thoughtlessly, too unhealthily? Are you so busy filling the next forkful that you don't even notice the wonderful bite of food already in your mouth?
Since your brain can only really focus on one thing at a time, when you eat while doing something else you far too often miss the subtle signs of fullness that tell you to STOP! At least not until you feel uncomfortable or until you run out of food.