Thursday, 23 May 2013

prunes and jelly babies



... it's hard to believe that it was only on Sunday, when I published my cinnamon and chocolate nut bread, that I promised myself some well deserved rest and relaxation... so who'd have thought i'd have ended up in hospital for four days with suspected kidney stones, an infected urinary tract and diverticulitis...

... now I know boys and girls that these are things we really don't need to discuss on a food blog but through excessive boredom it has come to this i'm afraid.  It all started last week in fact when I had the most excruciating pain in my tummy.  I knew the stress had hit me hard and it probably didn't help that I was in the middle of this stupid 5:2 Diet but as I writhed around in pain on a hotel bed for 4 hours I wouldn't have been surprised if an alien burst out of my gut... at least it would have given me blessed relief... The show must go on as they say and I continued on like a brave little soldier through the cramping and hot sweats until the show was over and I could finally collapse in a heap at my brothers house... they very kindly called out a doctor who insisted I come directly to the nearest A&E and get sorted... I think he too suspected alien rupture but didn't want to admit it...

... it's now Thursday, I think... you know how the days seem to meld into one when morphine and the sound of ripping velcro are your only friend... i've tried hard to pay attention but the results of the multiple x-rays, CT scans, dye-drinking, enemas and an un-considerable amount of both hot and not hot doctors with their fingers up my arse seems to be that I have a bad case of diverticulitis... apparently not that un-common, something I find hard to believe... and that I need to stay in hospital and be drip-fed meds until I stabilise... which could be tomorrow or Saturday, i'm hoping... and believe me whilst the staff here at Whipps Cross University Hospital have been delightful there are only 2 or 3 ways to pull off a backless hospital gown and I am neither Angelina Jolie nor Bianca Jagger, plus i'm beginning to be aware of my own smell, which is not pretty...


... as you can imagine this whole incident has thrown in to light my eating habits which I thought included all kinds of healthy and varied foods and yes whilst there are many cakes in there too I still eat a huge amount of fresh vegetables and fruit... my doctor also hinted at the fact that my recent stint on the 5:2 diet may have shocked my body into its constipated state... what I do know is that for a while at least I need to eat more fibre, ... prunes... bran... kiwi fruit... so expect to come on a little food journey with me over the next few weeks and maybe we'll learn something together...

eat and of course, enjoy!... by the way, the jelly babies were brought to me by The Viking to make me a happy bunny.... and i'd just like to say thank you to my lovely brother and his family who have been amazingly supportive and very generous with their prune shopping...

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