***This may be a TMI (too much information) post for some. Read with caution.
One of Jake’s side effects is the irritating, painful and outright annoying constipation. Pooping has been a hot topic of conversation in our house for the past couple of months and quite honestly, provides us with a lot of laughs.
I should add that prior to this whole constipation/cancer issue, Jake and I have always been open about our discussions of pooping, flatulence and the like. We are not shy people and having these open conversations is healthy in a relationship (IMO).
Well, two out of the four chemo drugs lists constipation as a side effect. At our bi-weekly doctor appointments, the pooping, or lack thereof, is always a discussion in order to help Jake get things moving. After numerous trial and errors as well as having to drink a few bottles of the nasty grape flavored magnesium citrate bottles, Jake is finally on a regimen. He takes two laxatives and two stool softeners three times a day. Most days it seems to work, but other days, not so much.
Even though Jake takes over the counter laxatives, he also eats a natural laxative our dietician suggested. I have been making it for the past month and Jake gets to enjoy it by the spoonful twice a day. Jake and I both agree that it doesn’t taste that bad. It tastes like straight up bran oatmeal, without the oats. Oh and a hint of prunes.
It is super easy to make and lasts about a week.
- 1 1/4 cups unprocessed bran
- 1 cup prune juice
- 1 tablespoon honey (or molasses)
- 1 cup applesauce
- Mix in blender (or by hand) and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to seven days.
- Stir before taking.
Notes from page:
- Start by taking 1 tablespoon a day and then increase up to as many as 3 or 4 a day.
- The high fiber content acts by drawing water into the colon, softening your stool and aiding in bowl movements.
- Always drink fluids to increase the effectiveness of the fiber.