I was booked in for 12:30pm on a Wednesday, so Monday night before I went to bed, I had to take 2 laxative pills. They did their thing Tuesday morning and I was only allowed to have a breakfast, then clear fluids until after the procedure. I went to work and drank lots & lots of water and juice. Even pop was allowed, so I downed a couple of Sprites and a Root Beer just to keep my day interesting. At 6pm Tuesday night, I mixed up the first package of sodium picosulfate (called Pico Salax) that was supposed to have a refreshing orange flavour, but just tasted like really weak Tang gone bad. After choking this down, I was supposed to wash it through with 8 large glasses of water or clear fluid. I didn't know what to expect at this point. I was envisioning a horrible night in the bathroom for hours with painful, body-wracking cramping, and me wishing I was dead. You know what? It wasn't bad at all. We're all friends here, so I will say, I wore track pants for quick removal & wish I'd had some baby wipes instead of regular toilet paper. That area got a bit tender after a while. Most of what passed was liquid because that's all I'd put in my system all day. Oh, another thing - if you're going to pass the evening watching TV while you wait - get a TiVo. I did't miss one second of the program I was watching! I love our TiVo.
I got up early on Wednesday and had the second package of Tang-From-Hell then off I go to the hospital for my procedure. One disadvantage to working there is everyone knows you and are curious as to why you're there, but also, very concerned that you're OK. I knew the nurse and the anesthetist, so there was a lot of chatter going on which helped to keep my mind off what was coming. Dr. Kancherla said that rather than just a sedative that keeps patients awake, but a bit loopy, she prefers to use general anesthetic so there is no anxiety at all on the part of the patient. I've never in my life had a general anesthetic so I was a teeny-tiny bit nervous about that part. Once I was hooked up to an IV and had monitors stuck all over me, I told John that I had never had this done before and it was a bit of an adventure. He said "No problem. I'll give you a play by play as we move along." Dr. Kancherla came in and asked how I was, etc. etc. the usual banter, then she said "OK, we're going to get started." She got me to turn on my side and I saw John putting a syringe into the IV line. He said "Just rest your hand here on the bed rail." and that's the last thing I remember. No drifting off, no feeling groggy, just BAM! and I was gone. I came to as he was wheeling me back to my little room asking me "How are you doing?" I felt like I weighed a million pounds and most of that weight was in my tongue. I think I slurred out a "Fine" and drifted off again.
The procedure went well. One polyp was found and removed and everything else was great so I don't have to do this again for 3 years. Jim picked me up and when we got home, I was starved, so Jim Can Cook - part deux! This installment isn't nearly as impressive as the first one, but to me, it was just as good and was just what I wanted.
I asked for soup and grilled cheese. The soup is from a can, and it's pretty good. It's Primo Roasted Vegetable. Does the bread look overdone to you? Not to me. It's almost perfect. (a little darker than I like, but still good) I like my toast good and toasted. Jim prefers his very lightly toasted. That's not toast; that's warm bread.
When I was out yesterday morning, I saw the sun coming up over Lake Ontario. I just happened to take my camera with me in case I saw anything interesting. The picture is not nearly as pretty as it was live.
When I got back home, I wanted muffins. So I made some. These are As-You-Like Muffins from Dreena's book The Everyday Vegan.
Today I felt like dried cranberries and toasted pecans, so that's what I added. These muffins turned out great!
I was also craving some chocolate macaroons, so I made those too. These are cookies of my childhood. I remember being very young and going to visit my mom and she always made these for me. Of course I had them a lot at home growing up too.
These are so unbelievable easy to make and there is no baking! (Leslie would like that!) These are not vegan cookies but I think you could veganize them easily enough. They contain milk which is mixed with sugar and shortening and has to boil for 1 minute. Can you boil non-dairy milks? I'd be happy to supply the recipe if someone is interested.
I also wanted to include this - Orange Lacquered Tofu.
I got the recipe over at Cafe Cyan. Crystal had blogged about it a couple of months ago and it sounded so yummy, I printed off the recipe. This is quick and easy like she says. And it is very tasty. I took the leftovers to work the next day and even though the outside wasn't crispy anymore, the sauce had really soaked into the tofu and it was still delicious. I will definitely make this again. If you'd like to give it a try, the recipe is here.