Tiny little unexpected gifts

Long ago and far away, I used to have a green thumb. I could grow anything and most of my friends had transplants from my plants. Re potting my plants used to be like Christmas to me, I enjoyed it that much. Then, one sad day, I was scheduled to have neck surgery, so I …

Chronic illness and sleep

I don’t know if it is related to my chronic illness or the fact that I am getting old, after all, I am 58, but is it that old? But, since I have been ill, I have not had a full night’s sleep. I typically wake up four hours after I have dosed off. I …

When in doubt, sing and reminise

I haven’t been around in awhile because I have been under a lot of stress, both internally and externally. I allowed myself to become ill over the whole ordeal and that is a mistake I will not repeat in the future. If I am not strong enough to take care of myself, I can’t help …

Everyone needs a destressor

I was told that since it had been a year, that the majority of my stomach was removed, I was physically as good as I will ever get. I have to wrap my brain around the fact that statistics predict that I will deteriorate in some unknown time in my future. Since the surgery, my …

My day at the park or amusing my care provider

For the last week or so, my care provider, Alicia, comes in my house in the morning with her cheery smile talking about the baby ducks at the park lake. Oh, morning after morning, if I didn’t have a doctor’s appointment, I would be reluctant to not eat breakfast, so I wouldn’t have an incontinence problem …

The realities of the dumping syndrome

To say that I have the dumping syndrome, is not to explain what that is going to mean to the rest of my life. I heard one nurse say that I would never have a normal meal again. At that time, it was almost impossible to wrap my brain around it, but I had excellent doctors. I take …

Ask questions before surgery!!

Yesterday, I was speaking with a new friend and after I told him about my situation, he confessed to me that he had paid to have a gastric bypass surgery. He said this with a taste of shame. What did he have to be ashamed of? I asked him if he had been informed of all …

There’s a place where everybody knows my name

I have been living in this small, picturesque coastal town, since 1994. When I first established with a doctor here, I had only a few minor health issues for which I had to take medication, but for the most part, I was all right. That’s when I started using the pharmacy by my house. After all this …

How to calm the distinctive roar of the sweet tooth

Because I am fructose and lactose intolerant, creating desserts can be a little tricky. I have been fortunate enough to have found a sugar substitute that I can also cook with, or simply use as a garnish on other dishes. I have also discovered a soy and tofu based cream cheese, which is delicious. I can …