The first stop on our month long trip through Europe was to Krankenhaus Sachsenhausen
for my 4 week check up. The check up consisted of a meeting with the nutritionist. I’m not having many issues however when I told her I was constipated she immediately asked if I was drinking enough water…..so I was busted on that account and so one more reason to drink, drink, drink. So tough though. I then had an ultrasound to check for gall stones, kidney stones and to be sure the stomach was in good shape…..and I got a clean bill of health and was told I could go off of my cholesterol medication! In fact, they said I could now eat anything I wanted…...(hah!). They should have said, anything my new tummy approves of…..
My first attempt at this plan did not work very well. Hoo boy, we were invited to a friend’s house for dinner and they went to so much effort to prepare a traditional German meal for us – and I could eat none of it! I felt so bad. They started out with a bottle of champagne, and I accepted a glass and sipped tiny sips. Then dinner was served with a starter spinach salad…..and I haven’t tried to eat any salad yet. I took three little leaves and some bacon bits….and tried to eat some of it, but could not. I finally told them I was having stomach trouble and to please forgive me. These are not close friends; they are relatives of friends so telling them about my surgery was not an option as I didn’t want it to get back to our friends. (Plus, we hadn’t told them we were in Frankfurt a month earlier!). They then brought out these huge portions of wrapped beef, potatoes and cabbage. I ended up only eating part of potato; and of course no desert. At least my husband ate a lot and they seem genuinely concerned about my ‘health.’ As you can see from the table they set, they really worked hard on having us over……I am so happy we are not planning on many of these dinners in the next month.
The next day we were off to Berlin where we have been in a hotel for the last 5 days. Lots of options for breakfast; eggs, yogurt, cheese, bacon, sausages. But I have found my tummy is quite happy with just yogurt with some protein powder and maybe some cereal sprinkled on top. Weird to be sitting in the breakfast room watching everyone heap food on their plates….I used to one of them!