Monday, February 27, 2006

Breakfast with Signy

Hi, everyone. This is Lauren once again, checking in after breakfasting with Signy yesterday morning. I stopped by for a couple of hours and we made protein shakes (another healing recipe courtesy of our fabulous naturopath, Glenda Laxton) with many exciting supplements, from bee pollen and spirulina to vitamins and acidophilus. Signy's commitment to her health is so inspiring... she pulled out a veritable cornucopia of ingredients to play with.

Anyway, Signy was having a pretty good day yesterday. Still having some pain, and when she stands she's experiencing some dizziness. She mentioned that she's having a hard time not being impatient with herself, because she has been comparing her recovery progress to her previous surgery and keeps forgetting that last time they kept her in the hospital for two days afterward! She's comparing her second day back to her second day at home last time around, but it's an unfair comparison.

I think it's safe to say that it's a struggle for Signy to stay still and rest... she was up and about every few minutes during my visit despite feeling dizzy. She mentioned that on Saturday night she walked across the street to the video store (about half a block away) to pick up some movies. (Aside: apparently Maggie shadowed her the whole way there, something she's never done before.) She was referring to this as her "unsupervised walk" so I guess she knows her friends would all disapprove of her wandering out of the house less than 36 hours after surgery! But she does seem very well, all things considered -- her colour is good and her eyes bright -- and I trust that she won't push herself too much.

Her mom arrives today, and I know I for one am very happy that Signy will have 24-hour human companionship for a few days, particularly of the "mom" variety.

Oh, and I did print out your comments here and took them to her... she really enjoyed reading them and alternated between laughter and exclamations of "awww".

If any of you have been by to visit Signy, it would be great to hear your stories, too.... feel free to post them in the comments area, or email me at (sorry, just trying to avoid getting spam) and I'll post them here.

Here's Glenda's basic protein shake recipe:
1 banana
1/2 cup frozen fruit (Berries and peaches are good, but you can use any fruit. Use locally-grown fruit if possible -- i.e. no tropical fruit if you live in Canada)
1 cup soy/rice milk (or whatever liquid works for you -- but these two have particular health benefits)
2 Tablespoons protein powder (soy, whey, rice, hemp, etc.)
1 Tablespoon flax seed oil
supplements as you see fit (break caplets open & sprinkle powder straight into the blender)

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Mix well until smooth and drink up!


At 9:51 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah yes, our Signy....I had the plesure of spending time with her on Friday night. I understand the impatient thing as I too suffer from it and hence can relate. Signy in her infinite wisdom of knowing this says to me in a somewhat conspiring tone "I don't know if you would be into this tonight, but do you want to go bra shopping?" AAAAAAEEEEEEEEE.....No my dear, I am not taking you bra shopping only 7 hours after your surgery! It was simply too funny!!


At 2:39 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Movies huh? Am I correct in assuming that you went and got yourself "the 40 year old virgin" as I recommended? Anyways, I am glad you are doing so well, Signy, and hope to see you again soon.

Laugh it up and heal quickly,

At 10:19 AM PST, Anonymous Miracle Gal Val said...

I knew I could count on you to whip the medical profession into place once more. You are an admirable stand for those of us navigating it also. As I recall, when I met Dr. Kuusk for the first time, and told her I was an old friend of yours, she simply remarked, "Of course I know Signy!"
Rest Well my friend, and if you can't rest, enjoy your restlessness.
Loads of Love, Val

At 11:10 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I continue holding you in light and love, Signy. Maggie purring you to health is probably not such a far-fetched idea! I've read recently they think cats purring is at a very healing frequency, for themselves and others. So go Maggie! And go Signy!

Katherine Maas

At 1:51 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see you're up and about Signy :-) Happy thoughts are being directed your way…

Megan Bailey


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