So as I was getting ready to be discharged from the hospital, at least 3 nurses who were advising me on meds, diet, etc, said, “You know, the Vicodin can be known to bind you up.” Really, I thought? I’ve been perfectly regular, being that I usually only poop once every 18 days or so. “Yeah, I’ve noticed that…” I said. And then they advised me to use stool softeners (and, no, there is no grosser term than “stool softener”) and perhaps a gentle laxative.
One aide even advised that I just drink prune juice. I had to hold myself back from laughing out loud. I had been eating oatmeal every morning, fruit every chance I got, and as many vegetables as my finicky stomach could handle. (Except for the couple of days that I was really nauseous and didn’t eat much at all.) Probably a shot of prune juice was not going to do it.
So now things are slightly improved, but even with a diet of fresh fruit + Smart Bran cereal for breakfast, cabbage slaw and garbanzo beans for lunch, and roasted kale, tofu & cucumber salad for dinner, I still have to make the dreaded st___ so_____ my fourth food group. Eew.
Reason #45 to get off the freaking Vicodin ASAP!