This morning I was interviewed for a great podcast by Kelsey Albers from Ignite Nourish Thrive. The subject was surgery and recovery from a nutritional standpoint and we discussed my 20 page guide that is for download right here on my website.
This interview brought back a bunch of memories as my surgery nears its 3 year anniversary. On a daily basis, I don't even think about it anymore. The gigantic scar on my belly has faded that I barely notice it. It is as much a part of me as my freckles. You don't think of it unless someone mentions it to you. And the only person to ever mention my scar is my husband just to let me know that he can barely see it either.
Of course the journey has been an interesting one and it has left me wondering how many people are out there with the same kind of surgery that I had (a liver resection, hence the term Chopped Liver in the headline) but unaware of the consequences one might face following such a major surgery. In my personal experience, symptoms didn't show up until months after my surgery. At that time, the stomach cramps and chronic diarrhea started and I had to figure out for myself that it was the missing gallbladder that made it impossible for my body to properly absorb and digest fats.
Also, and my surgeon did not prepare me for this, my liver is a lot more sensitive now. When I say sensitive, I really mean that it cannot handle as much stress as before. Not that I ever was much of a drinker, but nowadays I really notice how little alcohol it takes for me to feel tipsy or even drunk and how much longer it takes to recover from a hangover. I don't get drunk, and I do give my liver a friendly pat every day and thank it for its service.
I suppose the take home message of this post is this: if you or someone you love has to have surgery, please do your homework! Download my 20 page guide for FREE. Eat well! Ask a lot of questions. And if your surgeon doesn't have a satisfactory answer for you when it comes to nutrition, it is really up to you to research! Your surgeon does not have a responsibility to tell you what impact your surgery may have on you nutritionally. Their job is to be a great surgeon. I am grateful for my surgeon every day of my life, because she did a heck of a job and her team kept me alive. What's not to be thankful for, right?
Everything else is up to you. The prep, the food you eat, the recovery. And with my downloadable guide you'll be well equipped and ready to go!
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