I've been watching my DVD of the TV series "Once Upon A Time", based on fairy tales and set in a mythical town called Storybrooke.
The series stars Robert Carlyle as the evil little wizard/magician Rumplestiltskin.
Whoever cast him in that role had a stroke of genius!
There's no doubt about it, he is so perfect portraying Rumplestiltskin.
Next Tuesday is coming up fast and I'm not looking forward to it, nor the preceding two days.
Because my mum died from bowel cancer, I've been on a waiting list for a colonoscopy, and next Tuesday is the big day.
Since the bowel must be completely empty for the procedure, (a camera going where cameras don't usually go), there are very strict instructions for the preceding two days.
All medications containing iron must be discontinued, plus any medications that prevent diarrhoea.
Stop eating foods that contain a lot of fibre.
So no cereals for me, no vegetables, nothing with seeds in it. Do not eat any yellow cheese.
I may eat boiled or poached egg, plain yoghurt, white bread (have to make sure it isn't high fibre I suppose), steamed white fish, boiled chicken, Well cooked peeled pumpkin or potato. (Umm, those are vegetables, I guess it is only fibrous vegetables that can't be eaten).
So far so good, I can live on steamed fish and boiled potato for a day, with an egg for breakfast.
Then comes day two.
Breakfast may be white bread toast and a scrambled egg, then for the rest of the day only approved clear liquids. No more solid foods. (oh no! I'll starve!)
Clear liquids include water (duh!), clear fruit juices or jelly, (no red or purple colours), black tea or coffee, lucozade, clear fruit cordials in lemon or lime.
Also on day two there are two sachets of something called Picolax which must be dissolved in water and drunk, one at noon and the other at 4pm.
These are designed to produce frequent loose bowel movements and it is recommended you stay within easy reach of a toilet.
I'll stay home.
On the big day, Tuesday, there is a powder called Colonlytely which must be dissolved in a litre of water, (which can be flavoured with lemon, lime or orange) and must be drunk in stages between 7am and 10am. This can be made up the night before and refrigerated if you prefer your drinks cold.
After that, nothing until after the examination has taken place.
Holy cow! What have I let myself in for! It's going to be a rough few days.
I have no symptoms that indicate there is a problem, I'm doing this purely to be sure, because of my mum.
Now a question.
Without looking up fairytale books or google, how many of you can name all seven of the dwarfs?
I couldn't and had to google them. I remember years ago, people at work were trying to remember them all and no one could. Most could remember Doc, Happy and Grumpy, but no one could recall all seven names.