I got my surgery prep instructions in the mail the other day. Nothing too difficult or radically different than, say, colonoscopy prep. Not that colonoscopy prep is anywhere near easy.

On the day before the surgery, I am only allowed to eat a clear liquid diet. This includes broth, clear carbonated drinks, gatorade, jello, popsicles, etc. In my experience with colonoscopy prep, I have never been in the mood to eat the broth or jello, so I usually just sip soda or juice all day. I don’t have the best appetite right now anyway, so not eating won’t be that big of a deal for me.

At 10am on that same day, I am supposed to take two bisacodyl tablets, which is a laxative. I actually have my appointment with the stoma nurse at 11am that day, so I think I am just going to wait until I get home to take the tablets. I don’t mind taking these since I’m used to pooping all day anyway. Tablets are easy.

The unfortunate part of the whole process starts at 6pm that day. I am gagging just thinking about it. I have been scarred for life from this stuff. I will have to drink 2 liters of HalfLytely solution (also a laxative to clean out my bowels). I am supposed to consume one 8 ounce glass every 10 minutes and basically chug the glasses. I get to choose from pineapple, orange, lemon-lime, or cherry flavoring. CRY. This stuff makes me so nauseous. I am almost 100% sure that I am not going to be able to finish the whole thing, but I will try. I finished all of it for my last colonoscopy prep, but that time I got to mix miralax with gatorade; it still made me nauseous, and I still vomited some up though. I am honestly dreading this more than the surgery itself. I hope that I never have to drink it again after I get this done.

The only other real instructions I had were to visit my primary care physician for pre-op testing. I did that today. The actual appointment was relatively painless. My doctor looked at me briefly, wrote out a bloodwork order, and sent me on my way. I went and got my blood drawn, and I was done for the day.

On the day of the surgery, I am supposed to take a shower with some special soap that my surgeon gave me during the consultation. Fun.

My surgery is now scheduled on June 22nd at 12:50pm with a 10:50am arrival time. It was originally scheduled at 8:00am, but apparently they had to move it later to get an assistant for my surgeon. This is about when panic mode strikes, haha. I spent this morning hunched over feeling pukey though, so I am definitely ready for that to stop.