We had an appointment with Dr. Nash yesterday, who thought the wound looked absolutely fantastic, but told us to keep packing it until it completely closes. He also said that I no longer need to follow a low fat, low residue, low fiber diet - but to take it slow.
So what was the first thing Gary and I did when we left Sloan-Kettering's Manhattan office? We hunted down this legendary Belgian waffle truck, Wafels & Dinges, for my first post-surgery taste of raw fruit: strawberries.
I ordered a liège wafel (soft / chewy) covered in fresh strawberries and a tasty addictive spread called speculoos, which has the consistency of smooth peanut butter but tastes a little like gingerbread and caramel. As they say in Belgium: mmmmmm .... lekker*!
Now, I don't necessarily think this sinful treat was what Dr. Nash had in mind when he said, "take it slow", but in my defense - he did say to gradually start incorporating fruits and vegetables back into my diet, so why not eat some strawberries in style?
*lekker = (Dutch) adv. deliciously, with wonderful taste or smell; adj. delicious, tasty