Tuesday, January 25, 2022


Well, that’s the first day of preparation nearly done. I feel a bit peculiar, but I think I’ve survived. The difficulty lies in the funny stuff I’ve got to take. I feared something foul-tasting, and I feared a strong laxative. Neither proves to be the case. The difficulty is that I have to put 20 mg of it into 700 ml of water and drink it within half an hour. Reading the instructions in advance, I failed to notice that 700 ml is the better part of a litre. Today I had to do one at breakfast and one just now – and Freecell came up like a lamb so I just sat here sipping from my vase as if it were cider, playing Freecell.


But tomorrow I will be obliged to do that, and then drink a third – at 9 p.m., which is after my bedtime.


Needless to say, I didn’t walk, but I had my Tuesday bath which always feels wonderful.


And ripped out the corrugated rib I had started to do on the neck of the Calcutta Cup vest, and re-did it (it looks much better) and bound it off stretchily and found that I can’t get it over my head, anywhere near. It’s tighter than it was before. I think the only thing to do is to unpick the entire shoulder. I’m about halfway through doing that, and would be mired in the Slough of Despond if I weren’t so occupied with my bowels.




  1. Wishing you good luck especially for the next few days. Ugh.

  2. Good luck with all that stuff you have to drink, your innards will be properly afloat. I am cheered by having found a possible solution to corralling my collection of dpns and circulars; I thought putting all the 3mm and 4mm into one bag, and 3.5mm and 4.5mm into another might work. Same for other sizes. My straight needles already happily coexist in a waste paper basket.

  3. Jenny8:39 PM

    Prep is always fun. At least you won't have the tube up your bum.

  4. =Tamar8:49 PM

    Corrugated rib is notoriously non-stretchy. Perhaps ordinary rib would do.

  5. I wouldn't wait until 9 for your last drink. I would do it at 7 or so; you don't really want to be up so far past your bedtime.

  6. Last year I had two colonoscopies within three months, and before the first one, I could tell myself it would not be so bad, but before the second one I could not fool myself again. The stuff one has to drink doesn´t taste so bad at first, but it gets worse with every sip. Of the procedure itself I didn´t notice anything, thanks to a light anesthetic.
    Hilde in Germany

  7. Re: the neck - either go for plain rib (you could stripe the colours) or open up one/both shoulder seams and add button bands to them.
    Hope all goes ok with the investigation.