Syncope incident modifies GLOB Master's lifestyle
I've mentioned more than once that Harry's Seafood Bar & Grill is my restaurant of choice.
On Friday, October 30, while talking to some friends sitting at a patio table outside of Harry's, I fainted, fell backwards, and lacerated my head.
After about a few seconds, I regained consciousness and looked up to see Harry's staffers Justin and Kevin looking down at me with concerned looks while my friend Drew was holding my head still to prevent neck or back injuries. I was informed that an ambulance was on the way. When they arrived, I directed them to transport me to the Emergency Room (ER) at my hospital of choice â€“ Shands at UF.
I owe my Harry's friends and the staff there a giant thank you. Not only did they give me a great send off to repair my scalp, they were there at the starting line on a road of lifestyle changes that began with more than a week in the hospital leading up to a quintuple coronary artery bypass graft operation that will be followed by dietary modifications and other health management strategies.
Back to my story: The ER doctor was more concerned with why I fainted than my minor head laceration. I knew right away changes were about to take place when the doctor asked, "Will you be controlling your cholesterol with statins or dietary management?"
My incident of syncope -- the medical term for fainting due to loss of blood pressure -- was the result of a lifetime of bad eating habits that left arteries to my heart with blockages of 95% (2), 85% (1), and 75% (2). That's a lot of fried chicken, BBQ pork sandwiches, processed foods, French fries and other assorted "fatful" and "saltful" food.
I LOVE fried chicken. And now, just like that, VOILA!, there are new requirements, controls, regulations in this professional eater's lunch plans.
I am unable to predict at this point how these changes are going to affect me, what I will be eating for lunch, what I will be reporting at the GLOB. But the GLOB will go on and I will likely be enjoying previous favorite foods vicariously through your GLOB comments.
I do hope this is the last time Mike Sanford's eating rules and regulations are a topic of discussion. I like to eat, not lecture. And very soon I will be out there reporting on a new type of eatification.
If you have thoughts on dietary management that you would like to share with fellow GLOBers, an opportunity to do so beckons via the comment window below.
It will be interesting to see how my new 'fooditude' will impact the upcoming holiday season, which, in my opinion, is the best eating time of the year.
As I complete this . . . discussion, I am into day 10 of an extended hospital stay. Can you guess what is the foremost thought in my mind?
I'm thinking about where my first lunch outside of room #7409 will take me in GLOB Land? ! ? !
Mike Sanford is the GLOB Editor, Publisher and Professional a Eater. Please send him your tweets or texts, opinions by email at: OTL@gatorglob.com, or enter your comments below.