I Underwent Major Surgery and All I Got Was Cholera!

Sunday, November 16, 2014 Stef dela Cruz, MD 0 Comments

I haven’t been blogging much in the past month, in case you haven’t noticed. That’s because I struggled with my diet (what exactly could I eat?) after I found out I had hyperuricemia. Then, I underwent major surgery (I had a tumor removed). And just a few days after a successful procedure, I had to contend with cholera.

Hashtag: #ThirdWorldProblems !

IV dripQuestion: What can make the post-operative experience so much more worth it?
Answer: Cholera. Cheers to contaminated food!

I received a stern “are you crazy?!?” lecture from my surgeon about why I shouldn’t eat raw oysters if I didn’t want to pee through my bum, which was practically what happened when I had rice-water stools almost a dozen times a day.

But raw oysters are da bomb! Life-threatening as they are, I always can’t have enough.

Surgery, cholera, and whatnot, I’m not complaining. Life has been wonderful, really, and no metabolic craziness, ovarian mass, or deadly bacterial gut infection can deemphasize that fact.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I just wanted to update my wonderful readers (including you!) about what’s been going on, in case they’ve missed me. (I don’t really think you’ve missed me, but I’ve missed hearing from all of you and blogging for you, so really, this is a selfish update. Hahaha.)

So, to sum up, here’s what’s happened thus far.

  1. I found out I had hyperuricemia.

    Goodbye, taho! Goodbye, isaw! My body seems to be accumulating uric acid, so I can’t enjoy the purine-rich foods I used to indulge in.

    Oh, well. This metabolic abnormality is much better than hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, or hyperglycemia, so I’m counting myself lucky.

  2. I underwent major surgery.

    I wrote about my experience for the Manila Bulletin – I will post another update once my article gets published.)

  3. I had cholera.

    I ate a platter of raw oysters from Via Mare the night before my gut waged war on me.

operating room My boyfriend took this photo of me in the operating room as I waited for the surgeon. My mindset: Bring it!

But that’s not all. A lot of good things have happened lately, too. Here’s a quick sum-up of the good, now that the bad is over.

  1. I found a new home at the Manila Bulletin.

    I now contribute health articles to the wellness section, which you can read every Tuesday. Here’s a link to the Manila Bulletin articles I wrote.

    Check out An App A Day, a wannabe health buff’s techie way of revamping the famous adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

  2. I am now a regular contributor to All Voices.

    I’m so proud of my All Voices family because they’ve revamped the website and it now looks awesome! Unfortunately, that also means the more than 2 million views and the almost 200 thousand social shares that my old All Voices articles had earned were reset to zero.

    I grieve the stats, not for the sake of vanity metrics, but because Google pays attention to them. The more social engagement, the higher the chances you’ll see the article when you search for something on Google.

    Check out this rather controversial write-up: Why I’m not vegan (yet). It’s the first in a series of three articles about the vegan movement and how our food choices, very much like our religious denominations, are driving us apart.

  3. The website my brother and I started, Tech Envy, is finally shaping up.

    My brother is an engineer and a gamer even before he started gradeschool, so starting this Pinoy tech website just made sense for us. My brother and I have very different (actually, very polar) tastes in technology, so Tech Envy should offer an interesting mix of opinions and reviews.

    Check out one of my articles enumerating the 8 reasons why your next phone is likely to be Xiaomi. Then, check out my brother’s review of the Suplado Tablet – there’s a giveaway.

All caught up, are you?

I’ve caught you up with the latest, finally! Thank you once again for all the support and the emails (keep them coming – I’ll reply to all of them as soon as I can) that you’ve given in the past couple of years.

surgeryYou don’t see it, but I’m smiling underneath the covers! Thank you, thank you!

Special hello to all future doctors taking the NMAT this month. I hope you’ve been brushing up on your school subjects. Remember: Don’t just study hard; study smart, too!

How about you? What’s new with you? (Everything I’ve written in this blog has been rather serious, so let’s relax for a bit and share what matters to us.) Leave a comment and say what you feel like saying. Good, bad, it doesn’t matter. Just share an update and it’s all good!

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a vegan doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She is the editor of The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene Magazine. Get in touch if you want to invite her as a speaker!