Food list for Kevin
I got Kevin's food list from him today, and I will post it once I get is transcribed. Unfortunately, it is almost the opposite of mine, and so that will present some challenges. For example, his list includes white rice and white bread, which are verboten on my list, but I can have brown rice and whole wheat. I'm supposed to have cauliflower and vegetables in the cabbage family, but those are verboten for him, as they are supposed to increase gas. Anyway, I will write out a new list soon so that I can try to get some meals planned for us.
Kevin did not look good in the hospital today and his colostomy bag still is not yet working. They will not release him until that starts to work, and I do not know what that will involve. I had to leave him after visiting for two hours because I was about to cry, and I didn't want him to see that. I've also called other friends and asked them to call and/or visit him, but so far they have not called him. People from work have visited twice, and I go every other day and call him every day. I told our sister Karen that she needs to call him every day now, even though she is in pain from her knee replacement surgery.
A worker is coming at 4:30 today to install grab bars in both our bathrooms. I'm a bit weak myself after bariatric surgery, and Kevin cannot stand up by himself yet, but they are trying to get him to walk around the hospital. Fortunately, he had a deluxe room at Cedars-Sinai, top floor of the South Tower, and so having the nice views helps. On one side of the room the windows look south and a bit southeast (to see some of the Wilshire Corridor), and on the other side, you can see Century City, which he originally thought was downtown.
I've already bought him a new bathrobe and nice bath towel (both of which he needed), plus a teak shower stool and the grab bars will be in this afternoon. I watered his flowers today - no one else had been giving them any water, and a few had started to wilt, but the ones our sister sent were doing okay, but did need to have more water added to the vase.
It might be a while before I post Kevin's diet, as it will take me a while to write it all down, and I want to make a comparison of it with mine. It will probably depress me even more. It's hard for me to imagine what life is going to be like when he gets home. I'll have to see what help we can get - I don't know how much the nurse is going to do, but I do need some help with house cleaning, and so I'll search for that. I just wish more people would visit Kevin or at least call him. There's only so much I can do, especially since I am recuperating from bariatric surgery right now myself.
If you know anything about post colostomy bag diet, please let me know. There is not a cookbook for this.