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"I'll gladly have a burger now; and pay you tomorrow"

Sunday, February 12, 2012

It's a long slow sleepy morning in the hospital. I'd gotten washed earrly and ate breakfast (yes, a garganturan breakfast which is now, at 11:28d- onlya faint memory)...Here there is notihng to break up the day or to look forward to but the meals. This is a brand new medical center and they have one largish restarurant style menu that doesn't change...But you may pick anything from it at anytime. Not only that but they have room serivce, so if you get a hankering in the middle of the day for some multigrain chrakcers and cheese, all you do is pick up the phone.

Normally this would be a "nicety"--something that would bring a smile and a nod. But for me; the Cortico-Steroid Queen, it is cause for leaps and cheers interespersed with cartwheels. Steroids make me HUNGRY. I've never been a really heavy eater....the type of person who can sit down and go through piles of food. ...at least not on a regular basis....But you know how I eat here? I order every conceivable thing Ithiink I can get away with, for my meal menu...and then hide my blushing face and order three more.

THEN , I get a call the other day , from a friend who happens to be in the vicinity of the hospital...And "would you like anything?"

hERE I WAS MOURNING THE LAST BITE OF MY LUNCH AND KNOWING I"D HAVE THAT CHRUNING GNAWING HUNGER IN MY GUT UNTIL 5:00 PM AND SHE ASKS, "is there anyting you want???"
WEll, now that you mention it; I could use some food.
"What kind of food?"
My response: My firend, I would eat a shoe. In fact EVERYTHING sounds so good that I will be THRILLED with any thing you shoiuld decide to bring me.

Near here is a TGI Fridays restaurant...and God bless my freind, she brought me a whole meal!!! Which I happily scarfed...and was in complete PAIN until dinner tiime a shortwhile later.

I"ve NEVERever once before considered putting "food" on the "Things which make me happiest list." But right now; this week--food is the ONLY thing on that list. I don't like what that says about me. But maybe it doesn't say anything. Maybe it just means that i'm stuck in the thoes of a horrific side effect of some VERY powerful drugs....and maybe it is futile to fight. Maybe I should just eat and enjoy and look forward to going home with my new KIndle Spark Cookbook and happily eating healthy once more as these drugs slowly wear out of my system....And you can bet that once I can breathe well enough to not make it dangeorus, I'll be back on that treadmill as well.

The very odd thing is that I have almost NO sweet craving. If someone brought me a candy bar---oh I"d probably eat it---but I would be wishing it were a hamburger ...DO YOU KNOW WHAT?? Me, miss Vegetarian sometimes VEgan, Cynthia, ordereda and savored MEATLOAF for last night's dinner. HAH! Now I know something is off kilter! (and I'm not saying that to infer that eating meatloaf is sick....not at all....JUst that it is a highly unusual dinner choice for me and clearly demonstrates that there has been some seismicshift in my appetites FO SHO.

So I will agree with King Solomon: For everytihng there is a time and a season...And this my friends, is a time to be EATING.
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  • SHYFEMMEKAT
    I was laughing so hard reading this. I have had to go in twice for 3-5 days of Solu-Medrol for the MS. When I got home the last time, my ex had fixed a wonderful dinner. I ate tons of it, wiped my mouth and then promptly ate an entire box of Entemann's Rich Chocolate Frosted Donuts. With a milk back.

    And then looked around speculatively... emoticon
    3141 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10895053
    Oh yes, I know about steroids making me hungry too! I remember my Rheumo telling me that now I'd just have to eat less. I looked at him like he was from Mars, but 3 years later, I've been trying to do just that. You'll do it once again too! Just think at this time in your life that you need comfort food and that with your appetite, that also means good things. You WANT to eat! I've known alot of people in hospitals that don't want to and that's not a good thing! Enjoy it while you can and get lots better and get home and gradually get back into the groove of what really works! emoticon emoticon
    3145 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/12/2012 3:33:44 PM
  • RGEETING
    I agree with Susie! Just concentrate on getting better.

    It may also be that your body needs different nutrients right now, thus the different food choices.

    Either way, it's probably really good that it's not a sweet craving! :)
    3145 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Like everything else, all you can do is ride it out and wait for the nasty drugs to wear off. That is some hospital allowing you to order in between meals -like wow!! Its not just the constant hunger getting you though -those are classic comfort food meals. Being bored and stressed with what is going on will also make you go off your normal food choices..
    Hoping this horrible attack will be over soon..
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    3145 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5645667
    Yes my friend !!.
    Steroids will do that to you everytime!! .
    Just get better and forget about the weight and the guilt .
    Once you are off the steroids you will revert back to your normal eating plan and all will be well ..
    Just concentrate on getting better!

    Love and hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3145 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/12/2012 1:07:24 PM
  • no profile photo CD11085420
    LOL! I think you are on target about the drugs doing this to you! I have the same problem... I've take food off of someone else's plate before! You don't even think about it... all you do is eat.
    You will return to normal after you are home. Follow your food plan, and it will come off! Adding a few pounds and you getting well, is worth it. Do the best where you are at the moment.
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    3145 days ago
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