Tory Pereira- Sepsis Survivor
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I went twenty-two days without solid food, without any food inside of my stomach. My surgeon rerouted my stomach to the left side of my body so no food would travel through my repaired duodenum. My doctors weren’t sure if I was ever going to be able to eat a solid meal again. We had to test myself by introducing my stomach to three different phases of food to see what I could handle. I started off with the clear liquid diet, liquid diet and then luckily I advanced to solid food.
The first week when I woke up from my coma I wasn’t hungry and my belly never growled. All I cared about was water and ice chips. My stomach couldn’t even handle that when I first woke up. The nurses cleaned my vomit a few times.
I started my clear liquid diet my last night I was in the ICU. When he brought my tray in it felt like the food heavens just came down from above. I had forgotten the taste of food so the smells of warm broth were sensational.
My tray consisted of clear liquid soup, jello, grape juice, a frozen lemonade and apple juice. This was Heaven on Earth! I normally hate jello, but this jello was delicious. This filled me up and I was a happy girl. My stomach handled everything and that was amazing. My clear liquid diet lasted for a couple of days then they bumped me up to a FULL liquid diet.
Thank goodness because the clear liquid diet was not enough anymore. I was starting to feel hungry, my tummy was making noises. My full liquid diet consisted of real soup, tomato or chicken noodle, jello, grape juice, apple juice, cranberry juice and frozen lemonade.
It took forever for my nurses to bump me up to the solid meal diet. Everyone was so scared how my stomach would react to real food, and it was a question if I could digest it or not. It was all a guessing game and I did not know that, thank goodness. I did not know that doctors didn’t expect to eat real food again. I wasn’t informed of a lot during my hospital stay and if I was informed, I was so out of it I wasn’t comprehending much of anything.
Every time the nurse would bump up my diet, the food tasted so good at first. Then after a couple of days, my stomach would want more. I was starting to hear it growl and feel hunger pains again.
Finally my favorite nurse worked her magic and they allowed me to have a solid meal! I was so beyond excited words cannot describe my excitement. It was breakfast, my favorite meal. My first solid meal in 22 days I ate delicious eggs, pancakes, sausage, banana, apple juice and milk. I was literally in food heaven! The best part is my stomach handled everything perfectly. It digested correctly and in that moment we knew the reroute of my stomach was successful. I wasn’t going to have to eat out of a tube for the rest of my life, and we were now one step closer to being discharged from the hospital! YAY!
Thank y'all so much for reading my blog! We are raising awareness of SEPSIS and I cannot thank everyone enough. See y'all next week! God Bless.
Peace and Love,