Sunday, September 1, 2013

Chicken Spread -- Recipe

Here is a simple and tasty spread. Has been a great protein source for me as things have progressed. And it would be a great cold stuffing for appetizers at a party. Could stuff cherry tomatoes, cucumber cups, celery sticks, or just spread on toasted baguette rounds. I, presently, love it on Melba Toast.

Chicken Spread

2 cups chopped cooked chicken (I often use leftovers)
1/3 cup Miracle Whip (I use Free or Light), if yours is too dry, add more as needed
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish (I have one that is sweetened with Splenda)

Dump everything into a food processor and process to your preferred texture. Serve.

See? Simple and very tasty. Adults and kids will enjoy. And is a tender-tummy way to get good protein.



Friday, July 26, 2013

Food Additions

T has managed to advance to eating mashed potatoes and Cream of Wheat cereal.  This is exciting stuff, and it is happening a bit ahead of the projections by the doctor.  Mind you, she is eating a couple of spoonfuls...  But still...

Progress :-)


Tuesday, July 23, 2013


The beginning of learning to eat again with a brand new, post Roux en Y stomach pouch, is a diet composed mainly of clear liquids.  That means that, except for "milkshakes" made up in a blender with unsweetened , vanilla flavored Almond Milk, fat free/no sugar added ice cream, and Unjury Protein powder, she is limited to clear broth, reduced sugar, clear fruit juice without any pulp, sugar free popsicles, and sugar free jello.  It will be 4 or 5 more days before she can step up to what is termed "full" liquids including dairy, puddings, yogurt, creamed soups and thin cooked cereals.

I have made up a batch of homemade applesauce that will be good when she can tolerate it.  She took a chance and had a small spoonful today.  Even that challenges the new stomach pouch, but she enjoyed, and it seems to have done no real harm.  So...  t.his is the beginning.


Monday, July 22, 2013


We brought T home from the hospital this afternoon, arriving here at about 4 PM.

She is well, although very, very tired.

We are all just very glad to have her here.  Our old man cat, Pranzer, her special feline buddy, is glued to her side.  Tom and I have done our level best to spend lots of time with him, but there is no replacement for his "mommy."

Now, we begin the long journey through post surgical weight loss, and the slow return to what will become the "normal" eating patterns for her.  For the next few days, that will be mostly clear liquids, and the protein supplement that is recommended for bariatric patients.  Slowly, over the next few weeks, she will advance through stages:  full liquids, soft foods, and then eventually, solids.

There is time for all of that now.  For today, it is just enough to have her back with us.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Better Today

Today, T is much better.  The x-rays today showed that the contrast medium is moving down into the large intestine, and the nurses are beginning to be able to hear bowel sounds.  She is having much less pain, and there has been no nausea.  At about 2:00 this afternoon, they clamped the naso-gastric tube and allowed her to start sipping water and eating ice chips.  That all seemed to go fine this afternoon.  If she continues to do well for 12 hours, they will remove the N-g tube and allow her to start on clear liquids.  A couple of days on clear liquids, and she will probably be able to come home (assuming all goes well).

So, maybe we will be able to bring her home on Sunday or Monday.

Today is definitely better than yesterday.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Not as Easy as it Looked

We were thrilled with the outcome of T's surgery on Tuesday.  She seemed to breeze right through, and when we left the hospital on Tuesday evening, we were imagining she might be home today sometime.  Wednesday started out well, and things were looking promising, but by afternoon, it began to appear that there were problems developing.

The doctor had ordered a "routine" x-ray with contrast that was meant to show that all the new connections were intact.  That was done at about 9:00 Wednesday morning, and in theory, once it was read by the radiologist, she would be allowed to start taking clear liquids.  We waited.  And waited...  And waited.  As the morning turned to afternoon, and then as the afternoon wore on, we began to worry.  Too, she began to feel nauseous and her abdomen was distended and felt warm to the touch.  She began to complain of pain -- inside, and it kept getting worse and worse.  By about 6 PM, we got word that there was NOTHING moving through the stomach; absolutely nothing passing through the stomach and into the intestine.  We were told that it might be edema that was causing swelling and preventing the contrast media from moving through the new pouch.  It might also be an ileus.  We are familiar with ileus -- Tom had trouble with ileus after His roux en y, and again after His bowel obstruction.  Or, worst case, maybe it was a kink in the intestine -- which would necessitate further surgery to correct it. 

We were at the hospital until about 9:00 last night, and when we headed home, we were very concerned that there would be more surgery today.  We tried to get to bed early and got up at 3:45 AM so we could be back at the hospital by 6 AM to see her surgeon.  When we arrived, it turned out that a series of additional x-rays were being ordered to try and evaluate the situation. 

We spent about 13 hours today, waiting for some word, watching poor Teresa hurt, helpless to alleviate her pain and nausea.  It was a long, miserable day for her.  At the end of it all, it appears that there is significant swelling which is impeding the flow of liquids through the stomach.  There will be more x-rays tomorrow, but unless the docs see something else, this is going to be mostly a matter of some days to allow the swelling to resolve. 

At least tonight, she seems to be feeling better.  Hopefully, she'll be able to sleep tonight.  Hopefully, we will do likewise.  Tomorrow, we'll be back at the hospital with her, and we'll see where we go from here. 


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Out of Surgery

T is out of surgery as of 11:00 our time.  Everything went very, very well.  The surgeon was able to do it all via laprascope, so much less difficult than we feared.  She will be a couple of hours in recovery, and then may be home in 2-3 days.  To say we are relieved is a huge understatement.  Thrilled!!! 

Thank you all for the good energies.