Most people are interested in my outer being. They want to know about my skincare, my hair, how I stay so fit, and so on. However, my inner self is the support for the outer self. After the age of 50 your doctor usually starts recommending checking on some of those inner organs that keep you alive.

Yep, you guessed it. Colonoscopies.

Like your colon, for instance. Yep, you guessed it. Colonoscopies. We dread them. We put off having them. I’ve had three of them over the last ten years and I certainly don’t look forward to them, but I’ve learned a few tricks that might make your experience a little more pleasant. I’m not a doctor so by all means you should follow your doctor’s instructions explicitly. These are suggestions to make those instructions a little easier to follow.

This time my doctor suggested a certain diet for 3 days prior to my procedure that really made the cleanse part so much easier. All the things we avoid to maintain a healthy diet are what I was told to eat as a part of the prep. Everything WHITE! Yes, all those things I try never to eat or at least seldom eat; white pasta, white rice, white bread, white potatoes with NO SKIN, white meat chicken! Eggs and dairy are OK too. That part, I confess, was really kind of fun.

I’m sure you don’t need any coaching on this! Carb up and enjoy free of guilt! Of course the day before you will be on the clear liquids and jello diet.

Some helpful hints.

The canned Campbell soup chicken broth is by far superior to any of the other tasteless chicken broths. There are also some dry packaged Pho broths you mix with water that are delicious. Though Jello is not the most delicious thing in the world, it is however, something you can actually chew and you will be missing that. Just be sure to get only the orange kind!

Now you are ready for that delicious Moviprep concoction to clean your colon for your procedure. Here’s what I do to make it more bearable.

First I mix up a pitcher of Crystal Light lemonade. I use it to mix with the cleanse powders rather than plain water. I put the liquid mixture in the frig for several hours before drinking it so that it is super chilled. Then when it’s time to begin I get out my most beautiful wine glass and drink the mixture out of it. I don’t know why but it tastes better out of something beautiful. Though this mixture is not the most delicious and some people really struggle getting it down, it is vitally important that you do so.

If your colon is not clean your doctor will not be able to do the procedure and then you’ll be back where you started.

Next, take what you might enjoy reading or listening to with you into the bathroom unless, of course, you have a TV in your bathroom because you’re going to be in there for a couple of hours or more. I listened to an audible book. I had my phone too so I could answer emails or texts or play around on FaceBook.

Don’t make this mistake.

At some point things will settle down and you will feel safe to leave the bathroom. This will be a mistake unless you do what I do.

Buy yourself some adult diaper panties. It’s a terrifying thought but one day, if we live long enough, we’ll probably be wearing them anyway. So consider this a trial run! I bought some really cute ones that had flowers around the waistband and butterflies.

Now mind you I’m a HankyPanky thong girl! If I can do it, you can too. Believe me, it will save you in cleaning up a mess and having to do lots of laundry. I even wore them to my procedure outpatient facility and not at all sorry either! It’s far better than having an embarrassing accident.

And for the guys…

Hey and guys, they make manly man panties in colors like charcoal gray. Of course you may be a strictly “tighty whitey” guy, and those are available too.

Home free.

Once you are at your Outpatient facility and ready for your procedure you are home free! The worst is over and the rest is up to your doctor. The important thing is be sure you check in on your colon when your doctor recommends it. It could save your life!