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Don’t try to follow medical logic

July 2011
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I have to go for day surgery for some tests tomorrow. I got much the same instructions as for knee surgery last month, but with a few slight differences. The pre-op directions make me wonder where the logic lies in what the medical profession calls things.

I’m only allowed to have clear liquids since 8 this morning. No solid food. We could say, “That’s boring” but it does become exciting with the definition of clear liquid. The usual suspects do get rounded up here, with apple juice, white grape juice and water on the list. However, black coffee and tea are on the list as well. They are on the list, if you don’t add milk or cream to them. Is coffee more clear than milk? Also, sugar in your tea or coffee are permitted since it’s not a solid food. Huh? By the way, a spoonful of sugar by itself is solid food. It just doesn’t count when you put it in your tea.

Then, there’s the colour thing. White grape juice or white cranberry are good. Red grape juice or red cranberry are no-no’s. While I do understand the line of logic in some situations, why would that affect someone going for knee surgery, like it did last month. Why does the colour matter?

Well, I’m going to leave this odd consideration and move on to supper. White grape juice and apple juice means I’m having a 2-course meal. Although, given the perversity of the rule, maybe bacon is a clear liquid. I have to go back to the list…



  1. Colleen says:

    Guinness and coffee look to me to be about the same level of “clearness.” Check the list for that one!

    Good luck tomorrow!

  2. Sadly, there’s a “no alcohol” mention on the list.

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