Be prepared / Siempre listo

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

I’m about to leave the house for my colonoscopy — or the procedure, as it should be politely known. I’m hungry. My big meals yesterday were mugs of chicken broth. Meanwhile, San Geraldo was in the kitchen last night baking banana bread. At least I have it to look forward to when I get home today.

We had some rain this week. It was very exciting. Monday’s sunrise (above) was a bit more dramatic than I’ve seen lately. While I was out walking, I felt a drop. I thought a bird had crapped on my arm. But the arm was clean and I then saw some very scattered drops. People around me also thought they were being crapped on. They all laughed when they, too, realized it was rain. I was so excited that I took a picture. It stopped and started up again a few minutes later. Then it became a steady light rain. My shirt and shorts were soaked. There were puddles. People took shelter under the pergolas. It was the best walk! Tuesday was also the best walk to and from the gym. The fashion police must have taken the day off.

To prepare for today’s event, I had to take something called Plainvue (which I suppose gives the doctor a plain view of everything). It really wasn’t bad at all. Four cups between 8 and 9 last night. And another four cups between 6 and 7 this morning, followed by four cups of water. Interestingly, the first packet said it smelled like mango. It did. I wondered why it didn’t say it tasted like mango. It did not. The morning doses were a mixture of two packets that “smell like fruit juice.” And shortly we’ll be on our way and then I’ll be blissfully asleep. And when I wake up I will eat! I bought digestive biscuits for the ride home. Born to be wild.


Estoy a punto de salir de casa para mi colonoscopia, o el procedimiento, como debe llamarse cortésmente. Tengo hambre. Mis grandes comidas ayer fueron tazas de caldo de pollo. Mientras tanto, San Geraldo estuvo anoche en la cocina horneando pan de plátano. Al menos tengo que esperar cuando llegue a casa hoy.

Esta semana llovió un poco. Fue muy emocionante. El amanecer del lunes (arriba) fue un poco más dramático de lo que he visto últimamente. Mientras estaba caminando, sentí una gota. Pensé que un pájaro se había cagado en mi brazo. Pero el brazo estaba limpio y luego vi unas gotas muy dispersas. Las personas a mi alrededor también pensaban que estaban siendo engañados. Todos se rieron cuando ellos también se dieron cuenta de que era lluvia. Estaba tan emocionada que tomé una foto. Se detuvo y comenzó de nuevo unos minutos más tarde. Luego se convirtió en una llovizna constante. Mi camisa y mis pantalones cortos estaban empapados. Había charcos. La gente se refugió bajo las pérgolas. ¡Fue el mejor paseo! El martes también fue la mejor caminata hacia y desde el gimnasio. La policía de la moda debe haberse tomado el día libre.

Para prepararme para el evento de hoy, tuve que tomar algo llamado Plainvue. Realmente no estuvo nada mal. Cuatro vasos entre las 20:00 y las 21:00 de anoche. Y otras cuatro vasos entre las 6 y las 7 de esta mañana seguido por cuatro vasos de agua. Curiosamente, el primer paquete decía que olía a mango. Lo hizo. Me preguntaba por qué no decía que sabía a mango. No lo hizo. Las dosis de la mañana eran una mezcla de dos paquetes que “olían a jugo de frutas”. Y pronto estaremos en camino y luego estaré felizmente dormido. ¡Y cuando me despierte comeré! Compré galletas digestivas para el viaje a casa. Nacido para ser salvaje.

• On my walk Monday, just before the rain.
• En mi paseo del lunes, justo antes de la lluvia.
• San Geraldo’s mother, Alice, had a very difficult time with monochromatic outfits that to her mind did not go together. These two reds would have driven her crazy (as they do me).
• La madre de San Geraldo, Alice, tenía muchas dificultades con la ropa monocromática que, en su opinión, no combinaban. Estos dos rojos la habrían vuelto loca (como a mí).

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

22 thoughts on “Be prepared / Siempre listo”

  1. It sounds like you had a nice walk in the rain. I read something recently that stuck, some people walk in the rain, others just get wet. Enjoy the walk.

  2. We’ve had lots of very needed rain here in New Mexico of late. It was like “this is so not New Mexico!” Sounds like your “prep” was a lot easier than my last one. Enjoy your first meal post op.

    1. Frank:
      The preps here in Spain have always been easier than what I experienced in the States. I thought maybe things had changed in the States, too.

  3. Hope all went well for you this morning.
    NOTHING seems to stop/slow down the ‘mixed print’ people!!

    1. Jim:
      I got a shot of a mixed print this morning and she was moving so fast I could barely focus (well, the speed and the patterns).

  4. You should be home and resting by now. Hope all went well and that you are feasting on something good.

    1. Mary:
      I was taken an hour later than scheduled. Got home around 4:30. So it was a very long, hungry, thirsty day. I had to rein myself in from over-indulging when I got home. I’m supposed to eat light for the first 24 hours and then slowly return to normal.

  5. Those two reds do hurt my eyes. I love the fearlessness of the two other folks.
    We had too much rain from Hurricane Julia. Large parts of Belize are flooded. It was a mess here, too, but is OK now.

    1. Wilma:
      I hadn’t read anything about Hurricane Julia. Hope all is well now where you are.

  6. At least being sedated with a camera up your arse means you have a day off from viewing the mis-matched patterns and colours worn by the assembled chavs..! Jx

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      All I got was a bottle of water (it was that or juice). I inhaled four digestive biscuits when I got in the car.

  7. I actually didn’t notice the reds were different until you pointed it out! Maybe in real life I’d have seen it more quickly.

    I’ve never heard colonoscopy prep marketed in terms of smell. That’s bizarre. You’d think taste would be the issue.

    1. Steve:
      The reds may also depend on your monitors calibration, but they were to me clearly off when seen live. I thought the description by smell was odd. The first didn’t taste anything like mango. The second did taste fruity.

  8. “ My shirt and shorts were soaked.” So where are THOSE pictures?!?!?

    Colonoscopy prep is so commonplace for me I don’t give it a second thought. I forget it’s not the norm for other people. I’m glad the procedure is done and you can get back to a normal diet now.

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