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From 6 October 2002 Issue

EnglandGal Returns Home
By Susan Roghair - [email protected]

On Monday I was admitted to the emergency hospital due to severe abdominal pain. I later discovered it was my appendix. There were complications. Normally, an appendectomy takes about 45 minutes. My surgery lasted 3 1/2 hours! The surgeon said I had her working. She couldn't find my appendix! She said it was hidden and twisted up and inside of me. Scary.

If the surgery, 18 stomach staples, four holes (a 6 inch, two inch, one inch and half inch) in my stomach wasn't enough to contend with afterwards, I had to face the biggest horror of all,....................HOSPITAL FOOD!!!!

I always knew hospital food was bad, but not to this degree! I talked with the hospital nutritionist (Ms. Oxymoron) and explained that trying to feed me skimmed milk, scrambled eggs and blended meat wasn't cutting it. I told her that there was something very wrong with the hospital system and that their menu was loaded with cheese and other cardiac products that would ensure repeat customers. She looked at me with a blank look on her face, explained that I was the only vegan patient in a hospital that currently had 600 patients and asked me what I could eat. Geeeez. Very scary.

Today, Sunday, one week later, I was released from the hospital and went home to be greeted by my five fur kids. Oh, and what a pleasure it was to open my refrigerator door and see the abundance of delicious vegan food awaiting me.

Those two things alone is the best medicine I've had all week!

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