While Kate was in hospital for an obstructed bowel, the Doctor prescribed daily MiraLax for a few weeks to keep things running through smoothly. It is a laxative which I didn't think I needed, but I decided to try a high fiber product. I chose Benefiber.
It can be stirred into hot drinks or cold drinks. No thickening or chunks. I remember my parents using Metamucil and ICK on that stuff. Metamucil uses psyllium which is a non soluble viscous-causing additive and is a laxative. Benefiber is wheat dextrin (gluten free) which is a type of soluble fiber. It is grit free, sugar free, taste free and dissolves completely. Unlike Metamucil or Miralax, it is NOT a laxative.
Miralax, on the other hand, is polyethylene glycol which draws water into the bowel. After reading about all three of these ... I'm going to caution Kate to switch to either Metamucil or Benefiber. Miralax does not sound like a good thing to be on forever. Once she is more "regular" Benefiber seems the safest!
Hooray for the internet and Google for helping me with some information to share! What you see and smell in your toilet can provide important information regarding your health.
Look, Listen and Smell Before You Flush
Healthy Stool Unhealthy Stool Medium to light brown Stool that is hard to pass, painful, or requires straining Smooth and soft, formed into one long shape and not a bunch of pieces Hard lumps and pieces, or mushy and watery, or even pasty and difficult to clean off About one to two inches in diameter and up to 18 inches long Narrow, pencil-like or ribbon-like stools: can indicate a bowel obstruction or tumor – or worst case, colon cancer; narrow stools on an infrequent basis are not so concerning, but if they persist, definitely warrant a call to your physician S-shaped, which comes from the shape of your lower intestine Black, tarry stools or bright red stools may indicate bleeding in the GI tract; black stools can also come from certain medications, supplements or consuming black licorice; if you have black, tarry stools, it's best to be evaluated by your healthcare provider Quiet and gentle dive into the water...it should fall into the bowl with the slightest little "whoosh" sound – not a loud, wet cannonball splash that leaves your toosh in need of a shower White, pale or gray stools may indicate a lack of bile, which may suggest a serious problem (hepatitis, cirrhosis, pancreatic disorders, or possibly a blocked bile duct), so this warrants a call to your physician; antacids may also produce white stool Natural smell, not repulsive (I'm not saying it will smell good) Yellow stools may indicate giardiainfection, a gallbladder problem, or a condition known as Gilbert's syndrome – if you see this, call your doctor Uniform texture Presence of undigested food (more of a concern if accompanied by diarrhea, weight loss, or other changes in bowel habits) Sinks slowly Floaters or splashers Increased mucus in stool: This can be associated with inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn's disease, or ulcerative colitis, or even colon cancer, especially if accompanied by blood or abdominal pain
So rest assured dear readers. Things are working quite well in my life. The shape, consistency, odor and color all meet Dr. Oz's guidelines. Check your deposits as well!