|The tree at the Steamboat Inn in Paradise, PA Christmas 2009.|
Who would have guessed that at 56 years old I would be a poster child? That is what the doctor said to me today -- that I was the poster child for hiatal hernia surgery. She said it was one of the easiest she had ever done and I am recovering remarkably well.
The first doctor I saw was one of the residents -- a Doctor Richards -- who removed the final two steri-strips. The skin on my stomach is in bad shape, but hurts a lot less now. I think a lot of the pain was coming from my adhesive allergy. There is still some pain left, but it's better.
Dr. Chojnacki was very pleased with my progress. I asked if I could up my diet a bit from pureed food. She said that I should avoid crusty bread, things like chips and popcorn (crispy things) and meat. Other than that, if I could tolerate it and it didn't get stuck in my esophagus I could eat it. My throat and stomach are still swollen and it will take about another 9 weeks to go back to normal size. She even said I could have a piece of cake for my birthday. In fact she said I deserved it. That's nice. She thinks a lot of the progress I've made is because I followed their instructions exactly. I guess a lot of people cheat. All right I cheated only once, but was very sorry afterwards. I guess once in three weeks is better than most.
So Christmas, my birthday and New Year's Eve is looking a little brighter for me food wise. I never thought much about food until I couldn't have it. Now I look up new recipes and think up new ideas for things that I can eat. We always want what we can't have. Human beings are a strange entity.