Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Emergency Surgery

So it's been quite some time since my last post but I do have an excuse. I had emergency surgery April 15th and have been recovering ever since.

I woke up the morning of April 15th around 12:45am with severe stomach pains and an extremely bloated stomach - more so than usual... Thinking it was just gas, I tried to cope for as long as I could but eventually couldn't handle it anymore. I called my mother at 3:00am (after calling my sister... I really didn't want to wake my mother up). She is a doctor so I thought perhaps she would tell me something "doctorly" and everything would be ok... She told me to try and throw up, etc but nothing worked. I finally hung up the phone with her around 4:15am still in severe pain but thinking maybe, just maybe I could sleep it off.... Of course that didn't happen although I think I did manage to get about 15 minutes of sleep - ha ha.

Around 8am, after pacing back and forth between my bed and the couch, I finally tried to use the bathroom again but of course that didn't work... then I crawled back into bed and around 9am my mother called me asking if I was feeling better. In agony I cried NO and fell to the floor because I was feeling as if I was stabbed 15 times in a row. My mother finally told me in a serious tone that I should go to the hospital so that's what I did. I called 911 and an ambulance came to my apartment complex and wheeled me out in a stretcher after of course, taking their sweet ass time trying to look for me (they got lost in my apartment). In the ambulance there was a professional EMT and an intern who had NO CLUE how to load a syringe with the DRUGS to take the pain away and boy was I going to go crazy... Oh and I did!

I got to the hospital and was drugged many more times to ease the pain which was nice except I still could feel it through ounces and ounces of pain meds. I had a barium enema (just to give you a graphic image - ha ha ha) and multiple x-rays (all tests extremely uncomfortable and painful because of my stomach).... but all technicians came up with the conclusion that I had a twisted colon/cecal volvulus - Emergency Surgery was the only way to fix me. I was rather shocked when they told me I needed surgery because I had never even been a patient in a hospital before... let alone get cut open!

After being informed, I was finally able to call my mother who was shocked herself because she just thought I had really bad gas pain from eating too many vegetables. It turns out I am one of roughly 10% with a longer than normal cecum/large intestine, which is why it twisted.... It was aggravated by the vegetables I ate too though (I won't be eating Lamb or Eggplant for a while - the meal I had the night before, ha ha)!

I had surgery (otherwise I would have died, seriously this is a fatal condition), in which they took out 22 cm of my twisted in a 360 degree purple knot cecum/colon/ ilium and my appendix, at 4pm and was in a private hospital room by 6:30pm where I was joined by my brother, the only one in the area at the time. My parents started driving to see me April 16th but got stuck in a snow storm and ended up getting to me by 6pm, April 17th - But I was perfectly OK with that because the hospital was incredibly boring and I wasn't doing much more than sitting and walking through the hallways of the hospital like an 89 year old lady (I couldn't stand up straight and was still incredibly bloated & weak).

Usually people who have the surgery I had stay in the hospital for 7 to 10 days but I got out at day 5 and then stayed with my mom at her hotel for a week until I was allowed to be in a car for eight hours (of course we did it in two days and stopped every so often so I could walk around - to make sure I didn't get any blood clots). So that's that. I am officially home and it's been two weeks post surgery and I am feeling pretty OK. Not 100% by all means but I feel at least 75%... I even went on a 5 mile walk with my mother the day after I was discharged from the hospital... When I was in the hospital, I walked the stairs to get some exercise! ha ha ha. I am now walking roughly 100 minutes a day (granted at a slow pace but still it's better than nothing) plus walking gets things MOVING because I have to wake up my bowels... because when they have been tampered with they forget how to work! I am currently only allowed to eat COOKED foods so NO SALADS, SASHIMI, CEVICHE or RAW VEGETABLES.... which stinks because I love those foods so much... but this "new diet" is not for life. I can eat my normal diet in about 5 weeks from surgery... so May 20th or so... I will have a nice large salad!

If anyone is curious about cecal volvulus, here is a definition: Cecal volvulus is the twisting of the cecum and ascending segment of the colon. Normally, the cecum and ascending colon are fixed to the internal abdominal wall. If not (which apparently was my condition), they can move and become twisted. The main symptoms of cecal volvulus are crampy abdominal pain and swelling (two symptoms I had) that are sometimes associated with nausea and vomiting (I tried, but it didn't work). When surgically taken care of, recurrence is extremely rare. (Although with my luck... ugh!)

*And if that isn't a good enough definition for you... and you have seen the movie: Marley & Me... think about what happened to Marley... and relate it to me!

*Oh and did I mention, I had the best surgeon in all of Boulder, Colorado! (Well that's what all the nurses, etc told me so there must be some truth to it... my mother even approved and as a doctor herself, she has a pretty good judge of character)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Just around the Corner!

So you can probably GUESS what I am thinking about when I say it's just around the corner... yes that's right: SUMMER! Now close your eyes and think of summer... what do you see? Sunny beaches filled with volley ball nets, surf board and... cottage cheese? Ugh, the dreaded fat, also known as cellulite, stuck right beneath almost every woman's skin (dermis) (even the skinniest women have it) typically on the back of the upper thighs but can be lurking in other places too! Typically this condition is caused by poor circulation of blood.... and in order to get this circulation moving again... measures need to be taken! Quitting smoking and working out AT LEAST 30 minutes a day are only a few of many things you can do to get this circulation going! SO what else is there you can do... well while there is no CURE for cellulite, you can greatly reduce its appearance by... OH CAN YOU GUESS WHAT I AM GOING TO SAY.... Eating Nutritious Foods!!!!! 

- Lean Red Meats [Preferably Grass-Fed]
- Whole Eggs [Yolk & All - Try to Buy Omega-3 Enriched]
- Leafy Greens & Non Starchy Vegetables
- Low Sugar Fruits 
- Fatty Fish [Black Cod, Chilean Sea Bass, Salmon, Tuna, Escolar, Mackerel, Sardines & Anchovies] 
- Flaxseed Oil & Flaxseeds
- Olive Oil & Olives
- Hempseed Oil & Hemp Seeds 
- Nuts & Seeds [Almonds, Walnuts, etc] 
- Good Old Water 
- Legumes [Beans & Pulses] 

... So now you're all probably thinking, well that just looks like your typical weight loss diet... Well you certainly catch on quickly! This way of living is certainly healthy, and when you get healthy, you reduce the appearance of cellulite!!! Who would have thought?! ha ha! 

PS: Don't forget to exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes almost daily and lift weights at least 3 times per week! It's a known fact that exercise helps tone your body which as a result diminishes the appearance of cellulite! 

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bun in the Oven!


So I HAVE TO ANNOUNCE TO THE WORLD... That Sarah Michelle Gellar is pregnant!

It's about time! I am so happy for her and Freddie Prince! I have always ADORED them as a couple!!!! They have been married for 6 years and Sarah is supposedly due this FALL! I just hope she names her child something NORMAL... nothing ridiculous! Oh and please, no naming your child: BUFFY! ah ha ha... or even worse: CORDELIA... SPIKE... ANGEL! Yikes! I certainly hope that section of her life is a NO GO zone when it comes to naming! ah ha ha!.

SO Mr. & Mrs. Freddie Prince Jr - CONGRATS... You are more than welcome to name your child GIGI if you so please!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


So since it is SPRING (even if the weather is NOT showing it)... I thought I would discuss/list some incoming spring vegetables that are nutritious & delicious!

1. Asparagus

2. Artichokes

3. Fennel

4. Vidalia Onions

5. Leeks & Shallots

6. Garlic

7. Lettuce

8. Mixed Greens & Spinach

9. Cabbage

10. Broccoli

So while I have tons of recipes up my sleeve including each and every one of these vegetables... What sorts of things do you do in order to get your vegetables quota for the day... Do you have any delicious recipes that include the above listed veggies?!

Share you recipes in a COMMENT!

*If you are feeling uninspired to cook with the new spring vegetables here are some recipe links:

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My Favorite Salad... Any Season!

So I have a 100% French background and have grown up feasting on delicious French food... I have many favorites but my TOP favorite in terms of salads is definitely the Nicoise! Such an amazing combination of flavors & textures with so many health benefits, there are too many to count... I have decided I would like to share this amazing recipes with all of you because I want everyone else to savor such a delicious FEAST of a salad!

- Canned or Fresh Seared Ahi Tuna or Salmon
- Anchovies
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Mixed Greens
- Green Beans
- Kalamata Olives
- Capers
- Artichoke Hearts
- Red Onion Slices
- Cherry &/or Plum Tomatoes
- Bell Peppers
Dressing Ingredients:
- White wine vinegar
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper
- Grated Lemon Zest
- Fresh Minced Thyme

So there you have it... a delicious and nutritious lunch/dinner recipe that I just absolutely adore... as my French Father ALWAYS says before we eat: "BON APPETITE!"