As mentioned, what I will be able to eat after the surgery will be severely limited. See, my stomach will be partially cut out and then the rest of it will be pulled up to be attached to what’s left of the esophagus. This means the stomach looks more like a tube than a sack – it’s sort of the same thing that happens for morbidly obese people who get the lap band surgery. Also, part of my esophagus will be cut out and that’s the thing that mushes up food as it heads down toward your stomach.
The details of the limitations are TBD and will depend on how much they have to cut out, but generally speaking I can expect to have to eat several small meals a day instead of a few regular ones, and anything tough, fatty, sugary, spicy, or acidic will be off the table (literally).
So, with that in mind, I am developing a Food Bucket List – a list of all of the food I want to eat one last time before I can’t eat them anymore.
It’s a long list but it involves all manner of cheeseburgers (Fatburger, Rick’s, and In-n-Out are way up near the top), Zankou chicken with the pita bread and garlic sauce, Kentucky Fried Chicken, a really good spaghetti and meatballs, a really good chicken carbonara, anything with bacon, and a huge steak with a massive baked potato slathered in butter and sour cream on the side.
Regarding the latter, a bunch of friends and I are going out this Sunday to the Smokehouse in Burbank. I hate that it may very well be the last steak I ever eat but I can’t wait to eat it!
And again, yes, I totally get the irony in all this.