In addition to dietary restrictions, before the colonoscopy I need to clear my entire GI tract. Yesterday Mary asked me if I'd need to have an enema, I pointed out that the process I'll go through today was sort of like an enema with the fluid going in the other side, I'll be taking laxatives, fluids and TriLyte according to a set schedule which will leave me needing to be near a bathroom for most of the afternoon and evening.
As I reread this, it sounds like I'm complaining, and to be honest, I'm not. I'm sure this isn't, and won't be, a pleasant process, nausea, bloating and cramps are common parts of the "flushing" experience before a colonoscopy. But I really do look at this as being easier than having colon cancer, and easier than having more intrusive surgery, and from that perspective, it's almost a relief to know that polyps--tissue that might later become cancerous, will be able to be addressed sooner (if necessary) rather than later.
About an hour ago I prepared the TriLyte. This is a prescription medicine that consists of a 4-liter plastic jug (like a big plastic milk jug) with a bunch of powder in the bottom, and a couple of "flavor packets". Preparation consists of adding a flavor packet (one of the provided five flavors) to the powder already in the jug, filling the jug with water, mixing it, and cooling it. It sounds simple, and it is, but there is something a bit intimidating about filling a gallon jug of something that I know I'm going to be drinking later today.
There are five flavor packets, orange, lemon-lime, cherry, citrus berry, and pineapple. I'm told that the nature of the electrolytes in the TriLyte solution are bad enough that these will only slightly aid the palatability of the fluid, and while I got a couple recommendations that the orange was the "least chemical" of the bunch, I've boldly decided to go for the citrus berry. You'll also want to chill the liquid if you can before drinking it, I'm told, apparently this makes the taste less awful. I did add warm, not cold water, when I mixed the TriLyte to get the powder to dissolve completely (that took more shaking of the jug than I expected), but it'll have a few hours to chill in the refrigerator before I get to enjoy it.
Oh, and the mixture looks ... soapy!