Wow...I didn't expect for that to hurt so bad.
A few more things I didn't foresee about surgery:
1. I was told I couldn't wear my beautiful Annie and Isabel gown because it wasn't "hospital sterile". The gown I got to wear? A nice little blue sandpaper number short on the coverage. Jealous?
2. The gracious outpatient nurses at Mercy's surgery center. The flattery didn't stop: greeted with "wow! I love your purse" and "you are so gorgeous". Once situated, one nurse remarked: "do you workout daily? you look amazing!" Checking vitals: one nurse calling out to another, "be sure to check supermodels' blood pressure". Prior to rolling into the OR "is that the new ipad (its not), you are so lucky!". Even the Husband wasn’t immune – he was happy to have an older male nurse join in the fun: "hey, you look familiar…I can’t place you…I know…you look like that handsome young actor on NCIS “. Can you say major ego boosts! No doubt part of their valiant effort to butter up patients before slicing them open. Fine by me, helped settle the nerves and made me feel dreamy.
3. My abdominal looking like a tick tac toe board. For whatever reason, I envisioned a tiny incision in my B button. In actuality, I have four. LUCKY ME!. Nothing like more scars on my torso to make me feel like a "supermodel". At least the kids enjoyed seeing Mama’s BooBoos or as X calls them, Boobies.
4. I was paralyzed by pain. I thought I was a tough cookie but maybe this cookie ain't so tough. Man it hurt. I felt like my stomach was in a knife fight and the switchblade won. I think I was more looking forward to being a sloth, that I forgot I was actually going to be cut open, filled with carbon dioxide, poked, sliced, and prodded. No wonder I was in pain. Every time, I attempted to cough, blow my nose, get up, or laugh stabbing pain would stop me in my tracks. The good news is that it only lasted about 24 hours. I am starting to see the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Either that or my pain killers are superb!
In other news, I finished both the books. I can't recommend them highly enough (note - they couldn't be more different). Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, was crazy good. I was spellbound from the minute I picked up my ipad. For a WWII book to have me spellbound is really saying something. Get it!!! If you don't love it I will give you your money back (of course after you finish it in its entirety and write a 1500 word essay on why you didn't think it was phenomenal). I think they might even make a movie out of it with Bradley Cooper. Always a plus.
Bossypants, by Tina Fey, was equally phenomenal, if not the polar opposite. I found it to be deeply hilarious. Thank gawd I read it after I was mostly healed as I found myself constantly laughing out loud. FYI, I'm not into acronyms.
After all of this reading and thumbing through countless mags, I felt I needed to be a bit more productive. After surfing the web and buying more natural products (for the purpose of the blog of course) I found my mind wandering to bars. It’s always five o’clock somewhere, right? But I’m talking about the bars you can eat.
The outcome, my new "Healing Yummy Bar".
These bars are seriously delish and are so simple and fast to make. It should take you, at the most, 15 minutes to make the bars and then 30 minutes in the fridge to set.
Plus, they are super healthy. You (and the kids) can eat them without feeling any guilt. This is going to be a staple in my house.
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- 1 cup of Kashi whole grain puffed cereal
- 1/3 cup craisins
- 1/3 cup chopped apricots
- 1/3 cup golden raisins
- 1/4 cup maple almond butter plus 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
- 1/4 cup agave syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
You can really use any nuts and dried fruit as well as just peanut butter if you don't have almond butter. Keep it simple!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8 inch square pan with cooking spray.
Spread oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, chia and sesame seeds on a large rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Add cereal, craisins, apricots, and raisins; toss to combine.
Combine almond butter and peanut butter, agave syrup, sugar, vanilla in a small saucepan. Heat over medium low, stirring frequently, until the mixture bubbles, 2-5 minutes.
Immediately pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until no dry spots remain.
Make sure you have the spatula right side up ;)
Transfer to prepared pan, pressing firmly down. Refrigerate until firm, 30 minutes.
*adapted from Eating Well Almond-Power Bars
Thank you for all of the sweet Facebook messages, texts, and calls during and after surgery. Much love to you all.
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