Monthly Archives: August 2014

WIAW-A Vegetarian Goes To The Hospital

I am so excited to be back and joining in for What I Ate Wednesday for the first time in a LONG time.  Hope I can remember how this works! Be sure to check out all of the food fun cooked up by Jenn at Peas And Crayons.  Hope I can remember how to link-up!

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I suppose it should have been the least of my worries, but I was very concerned about what I would get to eat when I was in the hospital.  As a vegetarian, that was a valid concern.  I envisioned eggs for three meals a day.  That actually would have been fine with me.  I know that the grilled cheese sandwich they gave me for dinner the day of surgery was like a gourmet meal…I was so hungry.  That set the tone for me and when I saw the list of things available for me to choose from, I was impressed and excited.

There were many choices and I enjoyed them but sadly, due to my body’s dislike for pain medication, the first two days were kind of a blur.  I did eventually remember that this would make a good WIAW post and took two pictures.

Vegan meatloaf


This was vegan meatloaf with carrots and sautéed veggies.  It was really very tasty.  I would have enjoyed it more if I had remembered to request some ketchup, but it was good.

Breakfasts were usually a cheese omelette and yogurt which was good every time.

Sweet potato shepherd's pie


A little blurry, but as I’ve said, I was a little blurry for the first few days. This was Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie.  It was a vegan meatloaf base with sweet potatoes on top.  Served with couscous and sautéed veggies.  I loved it!

There were many other choices which sounded good, but I went with the ones that sounded a little more out of the ordinary.  I guess that I should mention that the hospital was Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.  It was a wonderful place and they took exceptional care of me.  As I said, not the least of which was offering me things that I could eat!

That’s it for me.  I’ll be short for my first WIAW back in action.  Be sure to check out all the fun over at Jenn’s blog, Peas and Crayons.  I’m so happy to be back!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!


In Case You’re Wondering…

I have NOT fallen off the face of the Earth! In fact, I’m alive and extremely well.  This is my first time on the computer (or the Blog!!) since my surgery on July 23 for bilateral hip replacement.  I should probably be sharing more details, more specifics, but I’m not feeling up for that just yet.

I can say that this has all been an incredible experience.  Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be where I am today after such a short time.  I came home after 3 days in the hospital to feeling little or no pain.  Things ached a little as I learned to be up and around and how to do things for myself.  However, in short order, I was up and doing things I never expected to be doing, especially without pain!

I completed the at home physical therapy and have had my evaluation for out-patient physical therapy.  I’m now waiting for the authorization from my insurance company.  They’ve given me at home exercises to do in the meantime and I am diligent about doing them.  Also, I try very hard Not to sit too long.  Every 10 or 15 minutes I get up and do a little road race around the house with my walker.  I’m actually starting to move around in some areas of the house without the walker.  That’s making Ralph extremely nervous, but I’m very careful and I have to learn to do it eventually.

Once I’m on more of a regular schedule (with fewer afternoon naps!)  I will be getting back to posting on a regular basis and give some more details of the process.  It is amazing and I am so fortunate to have been able to have this surgery.  It is a blessing.  I won’t be gone so long next time, I promise!

Happy Sunday!