A Stomachless Work Lunch

I wanted to add a short post to elaborate on all the goofy comments you must be prepared for post gastrectomy.

For lunch, I met a coworker who was aware of my “stomachless status” at a local Mexican food restaurant. I ordered one crispy taco lunch portion which also came with rice and beans. We were having a great discussion when the food arrived. I looked over to discover that the “single” crispy taco was the size of half of a soccer ball. It was an insanely large portion. (But that’s pretty typical at restaurants, so no surprise there…)

As per usual, when my coworker was done, I took my cue that I should be finished by now and asked for my usual to-go box. At this point, I didn’t think much of what had happened. I actually thought, “Wow, I did really good. I ate half the taco, half the beans and rice and even managed to finish by drinking some of the ice water.”

When the waiter came with his to-go box, he caught me off-guard by asking, “Was there something wrong with your meal?” To which I replied, “Oh no, I just eat lunch part A and lunch part B.” He simply responded with “Oh… you’re one of those 6 meals a day people.” I thought and said, “Why yes I am.”

So, if you don’t have a stomach, be prepared for the random comments and what you plan to respond with. On a side note, I am swimming in leftovers that I need to eat. So, you should be prepared for that too if you don’t have a stomach. 🙂

5 thoughts on “A Stomachless Work Lunch

  1. Hi Marne. That was so funny.

    People who eat with me sometimes have this look when they are finishing their meal that I can see is about them wondering if I am going to be there another hour. But I too am watching for cues to have the to-go box brought to the table.

    Servers often have this look on their face that I think means they are wondering how it is my much smaller wife (I am 6 ft and 190 lbs) can be done with her meal and I am done with only half-sometimes less. I just tell them I am a pokey eater.

    My wife said the other day to someone that she has learned to eat slower too since I eat so slowly. She used to be done really fast and would wind up waiting for me over her empty plate (funny that I used to be the one waiting over my empty plate pre-gastrectomy and sometimes waiting to help her with her plate).

  2. I think it is great how you handle comments like that and your situation. I’ve always had to just smile when people ask me “why I walk the way I do”-having polio has not been fun but you learn how to “laugh” through the bad times. You are amazing and I am so glad you are my daughter-in-law!!

  3. The day after you were telling me about the comments, I got my first. The server stopped by and said, “Is everything ok? You must be a really slowwwww eater!”. I stopped myself right before I blurted out so matter of factly, “no, I don’t have a stomach”. Your face and our conversation literally flashed before me.

    • It’s funny the look you get from people in response to “I don’t have a stomach.” Just say it nonchalantly and brace for the reaction. It’s pretty awesome!

      Marne

  4. Enjoying your blog very much! And appreciate your sense of humor. Humor is what’s gotten me through a total gastrectomy that included removal of my entire stomach, gallbladder and spleen. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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