Chicken Broth for Breakfast

It’s about 8:30am and the doctors haven’t rounded yet. I feel like rounding usually takes place a lot earlier but maybe on Saturdays they get a later start? I don’t know, I’m usually pretty foggy in the hospital so I haven’t kept tabs on average rounding time in the past.

I’m especially anxious to see the doctors because they are the ones to decide whether or not I can graduate to a clear liquid diet. I didn’t have any pain since yesterday morning and my guts had “good bowel sounds” which is promising. If all goes well, clear breakfast would consist of some tea, juice, jello, and chicken broth. It’s the breakfast of champions and, in my head, a Michelin Star meal after not eating anything since Wednesday morning. My limited “breakfast” Wednesday didn’t even stay with me if you catch my drift so really I haven’t had a meal since Tuesday evening. Ooph.

It’s like food and I are playing this cat and mouse game. When I’m able to eat, I have no appetite. When my guts are on the fritz and I’m not allowed to eat I can think of anything more desirable. I tortured myself all day yesterday watching hours of the Food Network and scrolling through Instagram accounts of gooey grilled cheeses and waffles and the like.

This is pretty much the inner workings of my brain right now:



Because this is being written in real time and I’m not going back to re-write the first half of this entry. Doctor’s have rounded and I’ve been cleared for clears! There were even talks of “something more substantial” and unhooking me from my IV later in the day if breakfast goes well.


(Don’t worry, I’ll take it slow)

Hurray for progress. Pretty much as long as I continue not to throw up and my guts behave, I may forsee going home soon (not today), but soon 🙂

Thank you for the continued encouragement through this silly and frustrating hiccup ❤


9 thoughts on “Chicken Broth for Breakfast

  1. So happy you are progressing Jesse, and enjoy those clear liquids……close your eyes and envision that those “clear liquids” are as good as a turkey dinner…. I know that it’s easier said than done!!!! Sending continued Prayers for a swift recovery!!!

  2. Jess! Your so strong. Your not alone in that food channel torture. Some of our high risk lung transplant patients with esophageal dysmotility are told ore transplant that they can’t eat for 3 months post transplant, to prevent risk of aspiration, and they ALWAYS have food network on 24/7. It’s gotta be so hard! Hang in there!

  3. So glad to hear that you are making progress. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy and admire your sense of humor. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way, Jess! Feel ALL better soon!

  4. I’m just feel sorry for what you’re about to do to that chicken broth….it never stood a chance. Love!


    Sent from my iPhone


  5. Okay I decided you need to move I with us. I can manage your SBOs in the comfort of our own home and I’ll always be available to round. Sound good?

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