Julie Anne Rhodes

In all honesty, open heart surgery is not a walk in the park. In fact I am beginning to think I could run for president of the wimp club (and win)… it has been tough. The upside… I feel like Charlie winning the golden ticket in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. My arteries all checked out squeaky clean, my blood sugar has remained normal, and my blood pressure couldn’t be much lower with me still breathing… so I officially have the all-clear to eat whatever I darn well please! My cardiothoracic surgeon delivered the news in person along with a Hershey’s kiss to celebrate. NO restricted diet necessary… I feel like I won a free pass into foodie paradise, or at very least, I’ve been vindicated that my diet is a healthy one.

Julie Anne Rhodes
Pesky little congenital defect corrected. One wee little problem left. It appears as though my getting my heart mended has the same effect on my appetite as getting my heart broken. I don’t seem to have one. Therefore, it may still be a month or two before I feel up to whizzing around the kitchen concocting recipes. When I’m not blowing into silly looking contraptions, having my back pummeled with cups, or being frog marched around the house to build my strength back up… I am on a steady stream of Food Network in search of inspiration and a tinge of hunger… so please stay tuned!
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  • February 15, 2010
    4:39 pm

    So glad to hear you are on the mend! Prayers and good thoughts are being sent your way!Sabrianna

  • February 15, 2010
    10:30 pm

    Thank you so much Sabrianna… getting there. xo

  • February 15, 2010
    11:45 pm

    Hi Julie Anne,It is quite normal not having an appetite since what you have gone through is quite huge. In your own words "it ain't a walk in the park".Wonderful to hear that all is well by the "top notch surgeon" and that you are slowly, very slowly getting about. I must say, as I am a stay at home mum at the moment (I go back to work in April), I too have been watching so much of the Food Network . I watched only this morning a dish of veal cooked in white wine and capers & onion. OMG…I was salivating….but then again, I always do when it comes to food. Still not 100% with the dreaded cold but getting there slowly.Take Care, thinking of you……Aussie Mum :)

  • February 16, 2010
    6:35 am

    Feel free to be a wimp! Just rest up and get better, one piece of chocolate at a time.I made red velvet pancakes for my family for Valentine's Day. Thank you for that suggestion. They went over very well, and will be made again.

  • February 16, 2010
    2:30 pm

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  • February 16, 2010
    4:25 pm

    I'm glad you're on road to getting well. I've been sending some thoughts and prayers your way. I that anesthesia does some of the appetite killing. A few years ago, I got a brand new shoulder from the doctors, and it took a while before I wanted to cook and eat again. I too spent lots of time watching Food TV and reading food blogs in the mean while. Thankfully, in the mean while, friends brought meals so that the family didn't starve ;).

  • February 16, 2010
    6:11 pm

    It's so nice to read a "live" post-op blog from you! Hope your appetite and energy return quickly. Looking forward to more recipes and ideas. (Speaking of recipes, I posted a vegan Mulligatawny Soup on your FB page).

  • February 16, 2010
    11:43 pm

    Hi Julie Anne,While looking through my collection of books this morning, I came across a little book given to me by a dear friend years ago. It is called "The Little Book of HOPE" by Paul Wilson. It has small little sayings of hope and optimism and it certainly helpld me during my small dark days long ago. I thought it would be lovely if I posted out every now and then little notes from the book to you. I hope it helps and gives you comfort…..here goes…….THROW YOUR ARMS AROUND ANOTHERThere are studies that show regular hugs not only increase feelings of contentedness in life, but actually assist in improving health and extending life spans – for both givers and receivers.There is no shortage of people who'd love a hug…….with that said…..sending you huge gentle hugs for a speeding recovery.Aussie Mum

  • February 17, 2010
    5:28 pm

    My sister just went through the same surgery so I have an idea of what you're going through. I'm glad to hear you are on the mend and hope you're back in the kitchen soon.Take Care,Regina

  • February 18, 2010
    12:30 am

    oh JA i'm so happy to hear you have made it through with shining colours! I'm sure its a tremendous relief for you and your entire family!You take all the time you need to recover.. we will still be here for you!Rest and love yourself…namastelaura

  • February 18, 2010
    8:56 pm

    Thank you everyone for the well wishes. It has been a lot tougher (and a much slower recovery than I expected. Please excuse me if I do not reply as often as usual, and know that your messages do put a smile on my faceAussie Mum… LOVE your little book of hope. Please keep it coming!

  • February 19, 2010
    4:54 pm

    Glad you are feeling better now! I wish you all the best. Giuliana.

  • February 28, 2010
    7:59 pm

    My grandfather's heart surgeon said that open heart surgery can be a long recovery because of what it does to you mentally. Physically, you may recover very quickly, but it takes a little while to get over the mental and emotional stress of the ordeal. Be gentle with yourself and don't push too hard.best.