The OR
Sunday February 01st 2009, 3:03 pm
Filed under: Crohn's flare

Friday in the OR, after the five or six people in the room finished their preparations, the anesthesiologist told me, if you want to say that prayer, now’s the time.  And so, with prior approval of his, the surgeon’s, and the OR nurse, I said a prayer right before they put me out: with my arms taped out to the sides, not my usual posture for such, I thanked God out loud for the expertise gathered on my behalf.  For their caring.  And I asked a blessing on their work and on all their loved ones.

And with that they began.

The surgeon has come by every day both before and after to check on me. She’s a peach.  She hopes to start me on liquids and maybe even food in the next day or two; right now it’s tube-only.

And maybe I already mentioned this (there’s a fair amount of brain fog going on around here) but the funny thing is, I who don’t even own a TV and haven’t watched it in 30 years–I’ve been watching the Food Network for days.  Just in awe.  And in happy anticipation of what I have to look forward to.  At last.

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Ahhhh Food Network, All Healing TV!!! Alton Brown is my favorite from there he is so Funny 🙂

I am so glad to “hear” your voice once again and look forward to many more posts as you continue to get well!

Comment by Danielle from SW MO 02.02.09 @ 6:25 am

I adore the Food Network. It’s the channel I hop to when I’m left alone with the remote. Happy healing!

Comment by Channon 02.02.09 @ 7:08 am

Sending good thoughts for continued healing! And I’m another Food Network fan.

Comment by Sandra 02.02.09 @ 7:40 am

It’s great to have you posting!!
Healing vibes coming your way.

Comment by Sue H 02.02.09 @ 7:44 am

Mmmm….Jello. And cranberry juice. (I almost drank them out of that when I had my hysterectomy.)
Food network and HGTV and National Geographic and similar channels will definitely keep you entertained. I love the Yard Crashers show. Gives me ideas of what to do with my yard, other than mow it. (I already have too many ideas about what to eat.)

Comment by Karen 02.02.09 @ 8:30 am

You’re watching the food network…too funny. Did they have a chocolate segment?

Comment by Jocelyn 02.02.09 @ 8:53 am

Yeah, Alison. You can come to our house anytime. DH is always watching the Food Network. Watch Unwrapped…how our favorite treats are made. You “sound” good! Keep healing, girlfriend!


Comment by Robin 02.02.09 @ 9:04 am

So glad the surgery went well, and sending you best wishes for as quick and painless a recovery as possible! I’ve been away from the computer for a few days but you have been in my thoughts.

Comment by Jessa 02.02.09 @ 9:21 am

Hi, Alison! It’s so good to see you here. Ever since I read your post, I’ve been humming, “Food, Glorious Food” from Oliver. What would you like to eat first? Continued prayers from both John and me. Hello to Richard!

Comment by Joyce in NH 02.02.09 @ 9:47 am

Thank you so very much for writting to us! Like many others, I am grateful to Richard for keeping us posted, but for you to take some of your precious energy to write to us, that is amazing!

Best wishes for a strong recovery! Still sending prayers to you all in hope that things continue to improve!

Take care as best you can!

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Comment by Carrie Mc W 02.02.09 @ 10:47 am

This is the sound of the Minions of the Pointy Sticks, and Sam, cheering for you.

Comment by Gigi 02.02.09 @ 11:01 am

I’ve been humming “Food, glorious food,” as well, like Joyce in NH. We finally broke down and got a TV after many years. I actually even turned it on myself recently. (I watched the central 20 minutes of the inauguration.) Personally I have found that being on lots of drugs significantly enhances the TV experience. (Much of my TV watching has been done in the hospital post-partum.) But for now, until you can really eat food, you might as well watch it in all it’s glory.

Comment by LauraN 02.02.09 @ 11:07 am

Is Jello a food or a liquid? You get it on a “liquid diet”…

Nailing Jello to a wall is hard. (But as Amy pointed out–you can do it while it is still in the box!) <–just trying to get you to exercise those laughing/breathing muscles!
🙂 Karen

Comment by Karen 02.02.09 @ 11:23 am

I’m sure you know that early Christians prayed in a similar position–face to God and heart exposed. The better to soak in the Grace! So glad you feel well enough to blog. Here’s to real food soon!

Comment by Kathy Sue 02.02.09 @ 12:00 pm

One further note: Happy Ground Hogs Day. I learned today that ground hogs (besides being called wood chucks) are also called whistle pigs, because they whistle when they sense danger. Humans are advised to do that too, but I can’t whistle. I think that whistle pig is a much more interesting name. The official prediction was for six more weeks of winter. Here in the DC area, I’m predicting that too. But you live in CA, where it will be spring as you emerge from the hospital to eat to your gastrintestinal system’s content!

Comment by LauraN 02.02.09 @ 12:06 pm

Wow, Alison!! I miss your blog for a bit and you go and fall apart on me. After catching up (with great dismay) I am so glad to hear that you are on the mend. God is so good. And He does good things. That doesn’t mean easy, it means good.

Comment by Lilly 02.02.09 @ 12:06 pm

If we could wrap up all the good wishes, white light, hugs, and prayers sent your way into pretty packages for you there wouldn’t be room for you in that hospital room. What a joyous thought to imagine all those gaily wrapped packages, ribbons and bows with you peeking out from the center with that gorgeous smile of yours.

It’s so good to hear you are beginning the trip down the path to recovery! YAY!

Prayers are still being said on your behalf, as well as the rest of your family.

Comment by Shelly H 02.02.09 @ 1:54 pm

Good thing TV watching is condusive to knitting 😉 I knit with every night of TV and Netflicks 🙂

So glad to hear you so upbeat ::hugs::

Comment by Alicia 02.02.09 @ 3:08 pm

Ooooo! You can play Jingle Bells on your pain button! 🙂 Seriously, that’s so amazing that your Crohn’s has gone the way of the dodo. Should we wait a month or so, and start sending yummy recipes? 🙂 **HUG!!!**

Comment by Serena 02.02.09 @ 3:14 pm

So very good indeed to hear from you! Continued blessings. Remember, all will be well.

Comment by Mady 02.02.09 @ 3:27 pm

SO glad you’re doing better!! I hope and pray that the road ahead is much better than you have been through lately. All this and your Lupus, too! You’re certainly an amazing lady! Best wishes for continued good health and healing.
Sharon in Arroyo Grande (my great (grand?) niece also has bad Lupus.)

Comment by Sharon 02.02.09 @ 3:58 pm

I am so glad you are doing so well. Friday night was a bad night here, and it comforts me to know it was a good night for you.

Comment by Kit 02.02.09 @ 5:28 pm

God bless you and all the people caring for you.

Comment by theresa 02.02.09 @ 6:54 pm

I am so glad you are on the road to recovery. I have to admit, one of my first thoughts when I read how ill you were was a selfish,”No, I just ‘met’ her? She can’t be taken away!”. And you haven’t been. So all is right in the world. You push the green button as often as you think you need it, and concentrate on getting well enough to try some of those recipes you are seeing on the food network!

Comment by Carol 02.02.09 @ 6:59 pm

Oh, I’m already gathering a list of chocolate-intensive recipes to make for you when I get out there. Chocolate cookies, chocolate lava cakes… you need to make up for lost time, after all.

Comment by Jennie 02.03.09 @ 3:21 pm

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