Post-Hospital Comfort Food #HAWMC

Comfort Food! #HAWMC Day 10
Comfort Food! #HAWMC Day 10

It’s Day 10 of WEGO’s Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge (#HAWMC on Twitter).  Today’s question is:

Comfort Food:  We’re not all 5 star chefs, but we all need to eat! Tell your readers how to make your favorite dish. Does the recipe hold a good memory for you? Is it the act of cooking itself that brings you joy, or the people that come together to eat it? #HAWMC

Answering this question is sad for me because I used to love to cook.  I used to cook six-course dinners over the holidays or friends for fun.  Those were happy memories.  But, as I blogged about in Who Am I? The Chronically ill Person’s Identity Crisis, cooking is one of those hobbies I was forced to give up after getting my neuromuscular autoimmune disease, Myasthenia Gravis (MG).  First, I can’t stand up for a long period of time.  Also, my reflexes are not as great and I don’t want to burn myself.  I rarely have free time so with the time I do have, I choose painting.  The worst thing that can happen with my reflexes is that I drop my brush and ruin the painting.  Whoops!  The blue sky now has blotches of red.  Not great, but not life-threatening either.

What My Favorite Dishes Were 

Before I got sick, my favorite dishes to cook were Fusilli Gorgonzola and Bowtie Pasta with a Russian Vodka sauce.   I actually don’t remember the recipes I used for those dishes; however, I know that I used both gorgonzola and blue cheese for the first dish.

Even though I don’t cook, I still love food and have a few go-to comfort dishes.  I love Italian food and pizza.

Post-Hospital Visit Comfort Food

I try to eat something I love after my neurology appointments.  I hate going to the hospital.  Does anyone enjoy it?  If I do well on my MG physical exam, the doctor lowers my dose of Prednisone by 1 mg.  Prendisone’s worst side effects, for me, have been the constant pain in my fingers and toes for the past seven years.  On the flip side, if I do poorly on the test, the doctor often doubles my dose of Prednisone.  At this rate, I have never reached 0 mg.  So whenever I go, there’s that element of uncertainty.  On my past two appointments, I did very well.  But even, on my worst, appointments, I’ve found some comfort in food.  After my last test, we went to my favorite Italian supermarket.  I had some pizza napoletana, ravioli, and gelato (see pic collage above).  I included a montage of the food.  I ate with my mom, dad, uncle, and aunt–my Tita Baby.  As I blogged about previously, she got diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer the year I got MG.  After surviving the colon cancer, she also got breast cancer.  And beat that too!  Celebrating good test results with her is extra special.

 –Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno



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