Yes, folks. It’s that time of year again. The fifth anniversary of my roux en y gastric bypass.
I’m not going to boor you all with the details, as you’ve been living them with me. However, something noteworthy happened today, and I’d like to share it.
Today was spent in the hospital ER. The Alzheimer’s mom woke up and was so dizzy that she couldn’t sit up. We tried it a couple of times – slowly, and I had trouble finding a pulse, so I did a sensible thing , and called the ambulance.
Off we went, and we were in the ER before 7:30 AM. Testing showed nothing major (thank goodness), and the current view is that she has labyrinthitis, which is an inflammation in the inner ear, which controls balance. But they want to do more tests, which is why she’s been admitted (the neurologist isn’t QUITE convinced yet).
Anyway, while sitting there in the ER, she walked by – Lisa, the respiratory therapist who gave me the absolute most important piece of advice I’ve ever received. She had just started at the hospital in August of 2001, when I was in the middle of my unfortunate, pre-surgery, incarceration.
She said: your exercise is to take 10 deep breaths 6 times an hour. She went on to explain that one of the goals of exercise was to increase the rate that blood flowed, and to get more oxygen circulating. These deep breaths would do this.
I was thrilled to be able to do something productive for myself.
And the lesson is that it’s ALWAYS possible to do something. The step you take may not look like anyone else’s, but it doesn’t have to. As long as it’s a start in the right direction GO FOR IT.
Of course, I grabbed her and told her what she’d done. We hugged, we cried, she thanked me for letting her know how much of a difference she made.
So plans for tonight involve a huge pan of roasted veggies. All the ingredients for a veggie lasagna seem to have landed in the refrigerator. And the more veggies that go in, the better it’ll be.
For those of you who are keeping track of recipes, the pan has 4 small eggplants in large dice, 4 zucchini, a package of mushrooms cut up, a diced red pepper, a diced green pepper. It’s all roasting with some olive oil, parsley, basil, salt and pepper.
The rest of the filling will be about 1 pound of very good ricotta, two eggs, about 1 pound of diced mozzarella, and some grated romano. And the whole thing will be layered with no-boil lasagna noodles and sauce. This amount will fill MORE than a 13 x 9 pan, but I’m not sure how much more. Will keep you posted.