Well, I finally did it, I had a salad!! Now to some this may seem like a silly goal or statement, but to me it was momentous, allow me to explain.
I have not had a green salad or fresh fruits or vegetables since the winter of 2007, why you may ask? Well, in 2004 I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and given many different drugs to keep the illness at bay. They seemed to work some what, although I had a very low immune system and was often sick with a cold of flu like symptoms all the time, but I carried on with life. That was until October of 2007, I got a stomach bug and ended up in the emergency room at 2:00 in the morning. I had a fever of a 103 and was severely dehydrated. I explained my medical history to the ER docs, they proceeded to hook me up to IVs and pain meds and sent me home with a prescription for what they called a Z-pack of antibiotics. The Z-pack from what I could gather was a very concentrated form of antibiotics that took only a matter of days to get into your system and work its magic. So I went home got my Z-pack and did as I was told. And the ER docs were right within days I was feeling much better, no fever, up and about getting back to my regular routine. That was until the 10th day, I jumped into my car to go to the post office with my daughter and it suddenly felt like someone just stabbed me in the stomach with a hot poker. I doubled over the steering wheel, the pain was so intense, unlike anything I had every experienced before. My daughter helped me back into the house and into bed. That evening the fever came back and so did the nausea and the stomach pain was even worse, we made another trip to the ER. Well, to make a long story short the magic Z-Pack had destroyed all the good bacteria in my large intestine and due to the history of ulcerative colitis the ER docs should have never given me a Z-pack, but the damage was already done. My large intestine was now inflamed and swollen and on the verge of perferation. I was admitted to the hospital and put on steroids to reduces the swelling. I was on a steroid drip and no food for 28 days and still the intestine did not shrink, it only got worse. So on December 8, 2007 I had my whole large intestine removed, and was fitted with an iliostomy bag on the right side of my body.
So yes, after four surgeries, a funeral, and a wedding, if I eat a salad it is a call for celebration. Remember to eat your greens, hug your parents and tell your children you love then, and kiss that grand baby every chance you get.