Wednesday, 2 January 2013

New Years Eve

New Years Eve - 7th Floor - TGH

I haven't mentioned the fact that I now plow food away like every meal will be my last. Pre-transplant I had almost zero appetite. I'd pretty much be happy with 1 or 2 small meals a day and after just a few bites my gag reflex would show up to destroy the party.

Something magical has happened.
May as well carry this around everywhere I go

I'm in love with food.

I want it all the time. One meal is barely down the throat before I'm thinking about what to have for the next. It's consuming my mind and soul. 

I'm enjoying every single bite. I savour them. I am discovering a love of things I simply didn't want to even look at, nor think about, before.

No longer will I go out to dinner and have it be a complete waste of $$$.

To prove my point, the other night Carman, Pamela, Brad and I ate downstairs. Not only was I the last man standing (interpretation - last woman shoveling food into her mouth), I ate the most of us all.

This is really weird for everyone. They truly delight in my overindulgence. They also entertain themselves by making fun of me with every bite. Good thing I only care about that next bite or I could develop a complex.

On top of the appetite, I also am retaining a mountain load of fluid (as Brad mentioned earlier I weigh 2475 lbs or something). So if we are looking to compare me to, say another species, here we go:

Slippers are the only things fitting on these babies
So, New Years Eve was spent with best friends and lotsa food. I'm sure you can imagine now that I ate the entire night. Why not? Although to be fair, a lot of that was from the veggie tray...

I had the best New Years Eve! Although still stuck in the hospital, my friends came here, we rented a meeting room and I even wore a gown:

I get the feeling Pamela doesn't think I dressed up enough:

Our party wear:

Best shot of the night:

 Happy New Year! 2013 is going to be super freaking fantastical!!


  1. Couldn't stop eating yeah! Looking forward to the next meal are you? I will share with you a story when I was young (a long long time ago) I ate till I got tired rather than full. When ever we would finish one meal, I would always ask my mother "What are we having for supper?" She would say don't ask me yet, I just finished making dinner. This stuck with my mother over the years and she often reminded me of my eating anticipation over the years. Your blog rekindled that memory- thank you. Looking at the pictures I can tell you that you were the QUEEN of the ball. Looking forward to reading more of your new life experiences . God Bless for now - Lee and Gladys

  2. you look amazing! Happy New Year!

  3. I remember going into my local pharmacy 25+ years ago and ordering cases of Ensure Plus (high calorie meal suppliment)... I loved my pharmacist, and he struggled keeping his weight in check because he LOVED food and was completely baffled as to WHY I would even think about supplimental calories when I had his idea of heaven: I could eat whatever I wanted, whenever, and as much as I wanted! But, he lived to eat - and I, probably like you in the past, had to eat to live. It's been almost 13 years for me - and I'm still feeling about food like you are now! Only - I'm having to watch my weight now, and push away from the table. I could SOOOooo do bulemia - I really don't mind puking, particularly if it allowed me to eat more. But it does such bad thing to your throat and teeth, and aspiration is the last thing in the world we want and we have to protect our lungs - so I scratched that idea long ago!

    And the swelling goes away, eventually - actually, relatively quickly... Especially as you get more active. Sometimes the increased prednisone or other drugs do that. I can see from your pix that you don't have "moon pie face"! Sometimes the prednisone does that too!

    I'm so happy for you, Jess!!! 2013 is going to ROCK!!! Love, Steve

  4. Omg are you guys playing Sequence? I love that game! You look fantastic! So happy for you Jess.

  5. Recipe for the Best New Year's party ever - food, hospital family room, food, friends, food, Sequence, food, Dominoes, food, glowing jewellery, food, friends...and many, many, side splitting, incision shaking laughs (that make the nurse come running to see what the fun it about).

    Ha, ha - we been there done that and looking forward to lots more!
    Thanks Jess, Brad, Krist, Derek, James & Adina for making it a great evening for Carman and I
    Hugs and health to you all!