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  • #887119
    Laura Pazzaglia
    Keymaster

    Guys, I’ve been MIA for at least a couple of months. I’ve tried my best to keep up with comments, etc. I have not completely disappeared. I’ve been dealing with family issues at home and most recently a serious illness.

    I spent the week before and after Thanksgiving in the hospital recovering from acute pancreatitis which – thankfully – did not damage any other organs. I will have surgery soon (I’m guessing Christmas time) and then I should be back to normal. Except…

    .. while I was in the hospital totally by random accident they discovered I have a cyst the size of a grapefruit in my chest. After the first surgery, we’re going to figure out what this grapefruit is all about and whether it’s always been there or it has to come out, too.

    All of this a total shock as I’ve been without health problems my entire life and I had ZERO digestive problems or symptoms before having what I thought was a “stomach flu”. The hardest part for me has been to stop all of my sports – I went a little crazy this summer and doubled from just Karate and Aerobics to adding MMA and weightlifting. : )

    When I get my strength back up I’m hoping to make more recipe videos and share some of the neat recipes and techniques that I had saved up for the third book that I never got around to publishing. I also want to start sharing some fo the slow cooker recipes I have perfected and hip-ified with Mediterranean ingredients. Plus, I’ve got a whole bunch of hands-off sheet-pan toaster oven meals that I’ve been making for those busy nights that even sauteing an onion sounds like too much.

    Lots of fun stuff coming… maybe not immediately. One small step at a time as I feel better and get stronger.

    Love and miss you guys!!!

    Ciao,

    L

    #887131
    Suzanne
    Participant

    Sorry to hear you’ve been unwell. A friend of mine’s brother got sudden pancreatitis while quite healthy, and it was definitely a sudden wild ride for him. (But he got better.) I had something grab me suddenly this summer and it was so weird to abruptly be someone who doesn’t walk fast or run or swim and who sees doctors and takes pills. (Am almost well, though.) Here’s to getting though these weird unasked for adventures and coming out of them healthy ASAP.

    Hang in there. Hope hubby — or kids — are rising to the occasion in the kitchen. Looks like you’ve got some great plans for us when you feel better.

    #887176
    Greg
    Participant

    That’s terrible news Laura. I know from personal experience that pancreatitis is not pleasant. I had it a few years ago, but in my case it was caused by an errant gallstone. They removed the gallstone and the gall bladder for good measure and no more problems. Of that kind anyway. Sadly I have been in and out of hospital myself most of this year on unrelated health issues.

    Here’s wishing you a swift and complete recovery.

    #887344
    Suzanne
    Participant

    Sorry to hear you, too, have been under the weather, Greg. Your regular voice on this site is always so helpful. I personally will be glad to see the end of 2018, with hopes of a better 2019.

    #887424
    Greg
    Participant

    Thanks Suzanne
    I am officially in remission now so hopefully all will be well intot he future.

    #887444
    Suzanne
    Participant

    I’m very glad to hear it, Greg. You have had a challenging year. May your recovery keep you knocking out enviable meals in your smartly upgraded kitchen for many years to come. :-)

    And I hope Laura’s surgery has gone well. Hard to imagine being in the hospital during Christmas. Hopefully she’s snug at home and recovering by now.

    #887476
    Laura Pazzaglia
    Keymaster

    So glad you’re doing better Greg. Thanks Suzanne!

    Well… they still haven’t called me in for the surgery. So I’m just here waiting trying not to get another inflammation. : ) Also, trying not to go out of my mind with boredom as I had to give up my four sports for now (karate, mma, aerobics and weightlifting) and swap them for just a walk – which by itself wears me out.

    But… not one to do things halfway. I started to add parkhour moves to my walk: “avoiding” poles by swinging left and right, jumping over cement benches, balancing on road blocks (in a parking lot) and swinging over metal barriers. Yes… at my age I turn some heads. But who cares. Life is short. I think they only look because they want to do it, too. : )

    Also since July family stuff going on at home. I can’t talk about it now… but if you saw my latest video and you really like to look at my hands, then you already have an idea. And, unlike, the ilness and surgery, this is a positive thing.

    Can’t wait for a TOTALLY brand new 2019!!

    Ciao,

    L

    P.S. The manufacturers have been amazing. One CEO wrote me a generic e-mail on behalf of the company wishing me a speedy recovery. Another CEO actually called me on the phone, and wanted to know how I was doing, offered me their full support and told me they want to work on more projects with me.

    Damn… when things get difficult, the really good people really make their presence known.

    #887654
    arschulte
    Participant

    Hi Laura,

    First let me wish you well and that you get back to good health as soon as possible.

    I just joined today and have only been pressure cooking for a couple of months. I am so grateful to have found this site. I have had two unmitigated disasters (1 in my Instant Pot look alike (a Corsi) and one in my stovetop Fagor Cayenne 8 quart. And that’s out of 6 cooking attempts! But I persist because I am convinced I can substitute pressure cooking for my expensive Hello Fresh subscription on busy nights.

    Thanks to you and to this community in advance for your support!

    Alice

    #887729
    Laura Pazzaglia
    Keymaster

    Hi everyone, and welcome Arschulte.

    I just wanted to update you that I just came home from the hospital, yesterday. I had my gall bladder removed and I’m on the mend. I hope to be more actively participating as I recuperate and things settle down at home.

    ((((HUGS))) to everyone and thank you for your support!!

    Ciao,

    L

    #887766
    Suzanne
    Participant

    Welcome back! What a relief it must be to be home. Hope the kids are helpful while your soreness subsides. May your healing be quick so you can get back to the sports you miss soon.

    #888012
    alclubb
    Participant

    All good thoughts on your recovery from gallbladder surgery. I had mine out several years ago and have not had any problems at all, other than I can no longer eat peanut butter. I love peanuts and peanut butter, but just can’t do it now that the gallbladder is gone. But, I’ll give up peanut butter to be free of those horrible attacks. Hopefully by now you are up and feeling more like yourself. Hugs from Texas.

    #888017
    Greg
    Participant

    It is strange how gall bladder removal affects people in different ways. I had no ill effects. My sister in law can no longer eat cooked capsicum (bell peppers) but raw is OK. My sister can no longer eat any fatty foods. That one hurts – figuratively.

    #888036
    alclubb
    Participant

    My husband has no problem eating anything either. It’s weird. I can eat any other kind of nuts, but not peanuts.

    #888073
    Laura Pazzaglia
    Keymaster

    So far I’m good on the peanut butter and peppers… but I’ve heard of someone not being able to eat hazelnuts or chocolate (Nutella : ). I’ll have to see how it goes.

    This week I started back up with aerobics, and am attending the MMA lessons. In a couple of weeks I’ll be re-starting Karate as well. No more weightlifting… for now.

    Also… I lost 16 kilos (about 35 pounds)- yup, that’s me in the profile foto doing Yoga. At first, I was kind of terrified at the speed of the change but now I’m terrified the kilos will come back! Ultimately, I need to stop being terrified of unimportant things.

    I already have two recipes that I want to publish and now that I can start carrying pressure cookers around I should be able to film them soon (yaay!).

    Ciao,

    L

    #888106
    alclubb
    Participant

    I am looking forward to the new recipes. And, sounds like you are really progressing and getting back to all of your activities. Yes, stop being terrified of unimportant things. There are too many really important things that we can worry about.

    Ann

    #889453
    Laura Pazzaglia
    Keymaster

    OK, so here I am again 7 months later trying to get off the ground again. I severly overestimated my ability to keep this site going while I was dealing with serious illness, a surprise tumor and a veryl drawn-out separation.

    So… to catch everyone up with all the deets now… Last July I asked my husband for a separation (serious issues affecting the kids and others that were ongoing through the whole marriage). But it wasn’t easy and he didn’t want to leave the house. So it wasn’t a “typical” in-house separation because he also works from home so even though we were “separate” he was still in the house 24-hours a day for what ended up being an entire year.

    Then in November, I had Pancreatitis… and in January I had my gall bladder removed through laparoscopic surgery. In a month I was back on my feet… but because I had my separated husband sitting at the table outside the kitchen, I couldn’t bring myself to create, innovate or make recipes. Instead, I spent my entire time away from home, going to the gym(s). I went nuts and in addition to karate’ and aerobics I was also doing MMA, weightlifting and my own version of parkour.

    I was to exhausted to do anything at home (particularly to argue) and I did my best to just keep the hip site up. But also… I was also going to numerous doctor’s visits to find out what the tumor they found in my chest was all about.

    And I’m not going to lie… after pancreatitis, I was feeling very fatalistic anticipating two surgeries. Like maybe I didn’t have a lot of time left on the clock.

    Meanwhile, my friend encouraged me to get on a dating app (yea… who would be interested in broken old me with two kids). Whatever. It was worth a shot. I went on two dates: the first one turned out to be weird, but the second man I met is now my companion of 9 months (see profile foto from Facebook). Shortly after we met I had to undergo my gall bladder surgery – and he came to the hospital every day. Helped me walk to wear off the medicines and had me laughing so much that the first two days I didn’t need any pain medication.

    When I figured it was right, I introduced him to the kids – and that went really well too. My son, in particular, had been suffering the last three years with psychosomatic pain (coming from the unhappy marriage and interactions at home) and my companion’s specialty is working with special needs children. Through my companion’s advice, guidance and direct intervention my son has begun high school without any problems!!! What also helped was the father finally getting more involved instead of ignoring his own child to be on the computer.

    So things kept going forward… me doing crazy amounts of exercises, the ex sitting outside the kitchen, and my feeling that my days are counted and I wanted to spend them with the kids and companion.

    In August I had the surgery to remove my tumor. It was supposed to be laproscopic (I got this) but when I woke up the doctor had said that the tumor was just too large and stuck to my heart, lungs and esophagus. He had to open me up (like they do for open-heart surgeries) and put his hands in there. They pulled my ribs apart under my arm, removed a muscle, deflated my lung, and got in there to unstick all the “bridges” from the tumor that were wrapped around my heart, lungs and esophagus along with removing the whole tumor. The recovery from this surgery has been incredibly slow and difficult. Other than going from five physical activities to nothing it hurt to move and breathe.

    When I got out of the hospital I went to stay with my companion for a few days..I could not get up from the bed by myself during the night to pee. The cartilage in my sternum and back and the rib were sooo inflamed ane painful and no pain killer worked (even the light opiate the doctor prescribed). Even my companion who had been by my side beyond visiting hours was too exhausted to crack a joke – though it would have hurt to laugh.

    When I returned home the ex FINALLY moved out and what an amazing feeling to be home without tiptoeing around a grouch and bully. Waking up with just the kids and doing the things we want to do when we want to do them. I’m slowly getting into the groove and will soon be restarting karate’ and aerobics (don’t know if I need all the rest). Also, I’m emptying the house so we can sell it and I can move into an apartment with the kids – we live in an isolated area and we’ve been robbed twice while we were in the house sleeping.

    Most of all, I’m not scared of dying anymore. I wake up each morning so grateful to still be here to give and receive.

    So as the ground finally solidifies under my feet, and I have the strength to stand on my own physically and mentally. I’m going to try doing this comeback thing with the website again.

    I miss the giving and receiving HERE. Hearing your ideas, and feedback on recipes. Having challenges and problems to solve… researching the science. All of it.

    I miss it.

    There’s a lot to catch-up on… but I will chip away at it a little at a time.

    Thank you for being here. Thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you!!!

    (((((HUGS))))

    L

    #889466
    Laura Pazzaglia
    Keymaster

    P.S. The tumor was benign.

    P.P.S. Any volunteers to moderate the forums so in case I can’t keep up with them they can keep going without me? There’s like 40 topics that never saw the light of day while I couldn’t be here.

    #889474
    Greg
    Participant

    Welcome back Laura. :D

    #889478
    Suzanne
    Participant

    Whew! Laura, you are a true warrior. I am grateful you have come through it all!

    Like you, my sister had to live in the same house as her husband for over a year after they had decided to divorce. It was a really toxic time. (She took up running with lots of ibuprofen until her knees made her stop.) What a challenge to get through your medical issues without a healing home. But maybe a healing friend makes up for it.

    Enjoy your newfound control over your life! We can all look forward to the time you again have space for creativity, technology, and sharing.

    #889489
    Snoop
    Participant

    Laura, that is a terrible saga of events. I hope your recovery continues apace. I’m sorry not to be able to moderate the forums for you. I hope you succeed in finding the right person to help out, as your site is a mine of information and help. Best wishes for a happy future.

    #889573
    Laura Pazzaglia
    Keymaster

    Thank you, everyone! <3

    L

    #889918
    MNpressure
    Participant

    Over the last several years I have benefited from your site and all your hard work and sharing of yourself. I want to give you a big thanks.
    Thank You!

    Paul

    #890178
    kayjay113
    Participant

    Laura, so happy to read this update from you. Hope life is now happier and healthier. Your contribution to pressure cooking efforts is much appreciated by me. You have been missed.

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