Gotta love the guy
Wednesday February 18th 2009, 6:02 pm
Filed under: Crohn's flare

So I went in for a post-hospital visit to my Dr. R.  Many things to go over. An MRI to order just to make sure that that liver is recovered and fine now that the inflamed colon is no longer bothering it.

Before we ended I told him I had to ask him one perhaps silly question.


The hospital had told me that I was not allowed to eat chocolate; could I finally have my morning mug of hot cocoa now?

He got indignant and sputtered, “Where do they come UP with these…! YES have your mug, go have some chocolate!” Go enjoy!

My kind of doctoring.  You know what I did first thing to celebrate when I got home from the appointment.  And it surprised me: I’d forgotten what it tasted like, I honestly did.

I’ll have fun getting re-acquainted.

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Cocoa, this is Alison. Alison, this is cocoa. You’re going to love each other.

Comment by LauraN 02.18.09 @ 6:22 pm

I love it when life gives you chocolate!

Comment by Michelle 02.18.09 @ 6:24 pm

Thank heavens for his answer, and also that you asked! Welcome back to chocolate-land; you’ll love it here.

Comment by ccr in MA 02.18.09 @ 6:30 pm

Glad you can have that lovely elixir! Have some Scharfenberger, too!

Glad you figured out how to get your bum off the floor–but don’t be afraid to ask for some help, y’hear?


–Karen 🙂

Comment by Karen 02.18.09 @ 6:40 pm

Thinking of you tonight as I eat my chocolate ice cream bar

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 02.18.09 @ 6:44 pm

Chocolate – best medicine in the book!

Comment by Rena 02.18.09 @ 6:46 pm

Ahh, life is better with chocolate. One of God’s finest creations, I think. 😉

Comment by Renna 02.18.09 @ 6:47 pm

*yum* – what a good doctor…

Comment by mary seabrook 02.18.09 @ 6:55 pm

Yes, the finer things in life definitely include good chocolate.

Comment by Linda W 02.18.09 @ 7:00 pm

Chocolate…right up there with the woolly will to live. It’s a motivation thing!

I wonder if there is a unit on chocolate dosage in medical school. There should be!

Comment by Barbara-Kay 02.18.09 @ 7:08 pm

Let me guess – they said you couldn’t have cocoa but, they’d come in in the middle of the night and wake you up to give you a sleeping pill…am I right? 🙂
I have to tell you your friend Don is becoming famous. 🙂 He’s been brightening our day and we’ve been sharing his jokes with others. My husband told his butcher getting behind in his work joke at work today…I’m sure he had no idea he would have so many fans. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed your cocoa…in your favorite mug and that is was even better than you were anticipating…
Best wishes, Alison…keep feeling better!

Comment by Abby 02.18.09 @ 7:12 pm

he sounds like my doctor for my Ulcerative Colitis – he says you will quickly find out what YOU can’t eat – it’s different for everyone ….. I love doctors like that 🙂

Comment by rho 02.18.09 @ 7:17 pm

Yay!! What a great doctor. When I get home I’ll raise a mug in his honor.

Comment by Channon 02.18.09 @ 7:30 pm

After everything you have been through you should have chocolate from every chocolate producer such as Godiva Chocolates, Lindt. Enjoy!!!!

Comment by Joansie 02.18.09 @ 7:56 pm

MMMMMMMMMMM….chocolate! Great news for you :0)

Comment by TripletMom 02.18.09 @ 8:00 pm

Three cheers for chocolate! And the doctor who prescribes it! My sister had a number of favorite sayings, including “I don’t care what color it is as long as it’s green, and I don’t care what flavor it is as long as it’s chocolate!”

I had no idea I was starting a humor cult, but if you’re laughing, I’m happy. So, here goes —

(To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door, pet-nose height.)

Dear Dogs and Cats:

~ The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate or food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

~ The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn’t help because I fall faster than you can run.

~ I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

~ For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob, or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years–canine or feline attendance is not required.

Comment by Don Meyer 02.18.09 @ 8:38 pm

Yay! Chocolate!!!!

Comment by Diana Troldahl 02.18.09 @ 8:45 pm

Oh, geez. Send me your address. I have to send you some chocolate!!!

Comment by amy 02.18.09 @ 8:47 pm

Why would they prevent you from the elixir of life? Don’t tehy know its healing qualities? And yes, Dr. R. needs to be cloned.

Enjoy all the varieties. I think you need to meet all of ’em again. Perhaps more than once.

Comment by Lene 02.18.09 @ 8:58 pm

Isn’t amazing how the littlest and simplest things in life bring us so much joy! L’chaim, Alison! (That’s a toast in Hebrew that means “To Life”)


Comment by Robin 02.18.09 @ 9:20 pm


Enjoy that chocolate!



Comment by Nancy 02.18.09 @ 10:37 pm

The Lifting of the Chocolate Ban. Now there is an occasion worth celebrating…..with the finest chocolate you can get, of course.

Comment by Marlene 02.18.09 @ 10:47 pm

From a resolute chocoholic – I don’t know how you got through the day without it!! Cheers, to your health and to Dr. R!!

Comment by Cathy (catsandyarn on ravelry) 02.18.09 @ 11:34 pm

Woohoooo! Hot chocolate is the BEST. 🙂 xoxoxo

Comment by Romi 02.19.09 @ 12:14 am

That question is not silly, in fact it is a rather important one. Now enjoy chocolate in all its’ infinite glory.
For me the darker the better.

Comment by sonya 02.19.09 @ 2:57 am

YAY! Keep healing – and now that you can have chocolate – you surely WILL!

Comment by Amanda 02.19.09 @ 3:31 am

I imagine you singing “Getting to Know You” to your morning hot chocolate. BTW, I decided to start my amaryllis today. You may recall it’s been slowly getting out of phase over the years. Hope its winter sleep was long enough.

Comment by LynnM 02.19.09 @ 4:50 am

Oh, yes! Chocolate is great reward, isn’t it? I think God must have been in a very good mood the day he invented it. Sorry I haven’t been around to comment lately, but I’m so very glad you are better and healing. God must have been in a very good mood the day he made you, too, Alison. Prayers continuing…Debra

Comment by debra 02.19.09 @ 5:27 am

Chocolate bad for you, eh? And from the hospital no less. _shakes head_ We need more hush-my-mouth than ever these days.

I don’t normally have hot cocoa for breakfast, but I may today just to toast your recovery, good sense in general and chocolate for all. 🙂

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 02.19.09 @ 5:54 am

Mmm…real hot cocoa, made with real milk and a touch of vanilla that just makes the chocolate that much more intense. Mmm.

I couldn’t imagine a world without chocolate. I think I’ll go make up a mug now in your honor.

I’m so glad you get to have that simple pleasure of Life back in your days. *hugs*

Comment by prajantr 02.19.09 @ 5:59 am

I can’t believe you were told you couldn’t have chocolate in the first place, but yay, another step in the healing process! Enjoy every mug. 🙂

Comment by (formerly) no-blog-rachel 02.19.09 @ 6:07 am

So glad you can have chocolate again!

Comment by Alison 02.19.09 @ 6:39 am

It’s good to see you doing so well, and kudos to your doctor for saying “yes” to chocolate!! I too have that mug of cocoa in the morning!!! 🙂 I would miss it terribly.

Comment by LDSVenus 02.19.09 @ 7:22 am

Now THAT’S my kind of doctor! Where can I find one who insists on nutritious ice cream? LOL!

Comment by Jody M 02.19.09 @ 7:27 am

Sometimes it’s the simple treats that
are the best! Enjoy.

Comment by Sue H 02.19.09 @ 8:29 am

I hope you have had more than one cup of hot cocoa to celebrate being able to have hot cocoa in the mornings. Will help you gain back some of that weight, too, made with real milk and an extra marshmallow (if you like marshmallows). Love, Nancy W.

Comment by Nancy 02.19.09 @ 9:34 am

How exceptional to find a doctor that sees the big picture…the whole patient…the simple joys to you of a cup of cocoa…you are truly blessed Alison.

Comment by Betsy 02.19.09 @ 9:55 am

Hooray chocolate. It may take a bit of chocolate to re-acquaint yourself, so keep eating it! enjoy every bit of it.

Comment by Vicki 02.19.09 @ 1:30 pm

I had surgery last year for a bowel obstruction. Tube down the nose for several days, no food or water for five. Painkillers that either did the trick and made me hallucinate or left me sane but in pain. After a week they were finally letting me go home and I asked my surgeon (who was fabulous) how much longer I had to wait to take a shower. She looked at me aghast and said “you could have taken a shower 5 days ago…. I didn’t cry, but it was only because I was so happy to be getting out of there! Everybody had been very nice and very helpful, but how could they forget to tell me I could take a shower??

Comment by Sue 02.19.09 @ 2:59 pm

Mmmmm Cocoa 🙂 ::Hugs::

Comment by Alicia 02.19.09 @ 3:14 pm

You should have heard that sigh of relief I just breathed! Hot chocolate and a good dose of calories to go with it! Yay. 🙂

Comment by karin 02.19.09 @ 4:07 pm

Of course! Chocolate! THAT’s why you’re not gaining weight! Now, get out there, suck some down — ok, with Scarffen Berger you savor, but still — and gain that weight!!!

Prayers continue! Let’s hear it for chocolate!

Comment by Pegi 02.19.09 @ 4:47 pm

I’ve been reading, but had no time to post–so hurray for your being home, knitting again, turning over in bed, and now having chocolate. I’d say life doesn’t get much better than knitting and chocolate–but given the way you’ve been feeling, I’m sure it will get MUCH better. You continue to be in my prayers.

Comment by Lisa H. 02.19.09 @ 6:36 pm

Yay for chocolate! Now you will heal and feel well, and yup, gain some weight, too! Make sure you drink the kind that is easy on your insides, though. You will find some, but at least you can have CHOCOLATE!!!!!

Comment by Kathy Sue 02.19.09 @ 7:22 pm

As we say here when we lift a celebratory glass, L’chaim! To life!

Comment by AmyS 02.20.09 @ 12:35 am

no chocolate??? ::thud::
Sorry, I found that quite shocking and fainted right off my chair! I love choclate. That is a wonderful treat to end the day for me. I am so glad you can have it again!

Comment by Carol 02.20.09 @ 7:11 pm

They really should double check some of that information they’re giving out — good for you for asking!

Comment by Michelle 02.21.09 @ 12:49 pm

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