Friday, March 9, 2012

DIVERTICULITIS! Ain't Got It? You Don't Want It

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You might find your life's destination better if you remember
IF FOOD IS YOUR BEST FRIEND, IT IS ALSO YOUR WORST ENEMY
Edward "Grandpa" Jones

I'M ON A SEA FOOD DIET, I SEE FOOD I EAT IT


My wife, Julie, had a serious medical examination today at the Summa's Barberton Citizen's Hospital.  The diagnosis?  The doctor said the problem was not pollops, tumorous or cancerous, I understood that and breathed a sigh of relief, silently saying "Thank You Lord".  Then he said the problem was DIVERTICULITIS.  Duh!  What's diverticulitis?  Now I know.

Diverticulitis is a common digestive disease particularly found in the large intestine which involves the formation of pouches on the outside of the colon.  The most common symptom is abdominal pain with tenderness around the left side of the lower abdomen.  When infected there may be nausea, vomiting, cramping and constipation.  A national institute reports that digestive diseases effect 60 to 70 million Americans.  It is the leading cause of hospitalization, surgery and disability in the United States.

HOW ABOUT IT, AARON
Did I Get It About Right?

WHAT CAUSES DIVERTICULITIS


WHAT CURES DIVERTICULITIS



I joined the others awaiting recovery of their loved ones in a TWO FINGER SALUTE while they Rooty-toot-tooted the trapped air from their colons.  Julie does not have an infection.  She needs to eat less fat food, you know, THE GOOD STUFF, and eat more fiber, you know, THE RABBIT FOOD!  I smiled and told her that now she would have to eat OATMEAL with me every morning.  She made a face and stuck her tongue out at me.  (I love oatmeal and eat it several times a week).  Her hand is badly bruised from removal of the IV.


JULIE WAS VERY BRAVE, AND A GOOD PATIENT
I Am Very Proud Of Her! 

ANYONE WHO THINKS THE WAY TO A MAN'S HEART
IS THROUGH HIS STOMACH FLUNKED GEOGRAPHY - Robert Byrne

I had this same examination a few years ago after picking up an abdominal parasite on a wilderness trip, drinking untreated lake water, which I have been doing for over 20 years without a problem.  Preparation for the examination is worse than the examination itself.  The day prior to the exam you cannot eat, period.  At 1:00PM, the day before, you take four pills, at 5:00PM you drink four 8 ounce glasses of a solution in an hour.  At 6:00AM four more 8 ounces of solution had to be downed in an hour. BOO!  Then, she had to be in examination room an hour early to have the IV's inserted and to be prepped.  Prior to the examination, the patient is totally relaxed, Julie went totally asleep, and it is painless.  There is an hours recovery after which the patient has be driven home to relax for a day.

WHEN THE STOMACH IS FULL IT IS EASY TO TALK OF FASTING!
St. Jerome

A sigmoidoscopy is now an involved but painless procedure, excepting for the day of fasting.  My twin-like brother, Henry, 10 years my senior, had colon cancer in his mid-forties.  I have had regular examinations since.  Originally the probe was rigid.  Absolutely horrid!  I have had to accept a lot of pain in my life and think I can do it far better than most.  When that rigid probe made the turn into the small intestine I popped a sweat trying hard not to faint.  My first experience with a flexible probe at the Cleveland Clinic was so easy, by comparison, that I couldn't believe it was over.  At those times there was no prep, you laid on your side, gritted your teeth, drove yourself home or back to work as the case may be.  Thank goodness for modern medicine.

BY SWALLOWING EVIL WORDS UNSAID
NO ONE HAS EVER HARMED THEIR STOMACH
Sir Winston Churchill

ANCIENT ROMAN MEDICINE
For a laxative, Rose Wine Rosatum

Rose petals, the lower white part removed,
are sewn into a linen bag and imersed in wine for several days.
After which, add a bag of fresh petals , which allow to draw for another week.
Again, remove the old petals and replace them with new petals for another week.
Then, strain the wine through a calender.
Before serving, add honey sweetening to taste.
Take care that only the best petals free from dew be used for soaking.

MEANWHILE, YOU ARE CONSTIPATED FOR 3 WEEKS

DRINK NO LONGER WATER,
 BUT USE A LITTLE WINE FOR THY STOMACH'S SAKE
AND THY OWN INFIRMITIES
I Timothy 5:23 KJV

God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA

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5 comments:

Todd Pierce said...

Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. -Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food. I highly recommend reading this book, or his earlier work, The Omnivore's Dilemma, if you want the fully monty.

May Julie's inflammation subside quickly -- this is my prayer today.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear that news. Praying for Julie...for full recovery and that she will eventually love eating her vegetables :)

~Amy

Anonymous said...

Hi Todd and Am,

Thanks! Julie is sore internally from the probing but thankful that the problem is not even more serious. When we were young the problem was a lack of food. Now, the problem is one of excessive food. Go figure, huh? We'll check out the book you recommended Todd. You two have set a great example, you look great!

Luvya,

Dad

Todd Pierce said...

Or is the problem today lack of food AND excessive food-like stuff. American's have much to eat, and eat much, but little of it is actually food as your parents (my grandparents) understood the term!

"I contend that most of what we're consuming today is no longer, strictly speaking, food at all ... at least not in the sense that civilization has long understood the term." "(The Western diet) has ushered in a new creature onto the world stage: the human being who manages to be BOTH OVERFED AND UNDERNOURISHED ..." Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food

Eat food.

Not too much.

Mostly plants.


Since reading this blog entry, I've read again much of Michael Pollan's little book (200 pages) In Defense of Food. I love the way he "unpacks" the above seven words.

Lest you think the book is some health nut diatribe, consider the following quote: "Food is about pleasure, about community, about family and spirituality, about our relationship to the natural world, and about expressing our identity. As long as humans have been taking meals together, eating has been as much about culture as it has been about biology.... We are becoming a nation of orthorexics: people with an unhealthy obsession with eating healthy."

Julie remains in my thoughts and prayers.

Walt Pierce said...

Thanks, Son,

Look forward to reading the book.
Appreciate your concern and prayers.

Dad