Behind The Butter


Gahhh I’ve been trying to put up a post since noon but keep having to put the laptop away and lay back down. Sorry! 🙁

I am alive though. Well, just barely. I feel like total crappy-poo right now but at least its all over. I knew I needed a substantial breakfast before surgery this morning so I had 1/3 cup hodgin mill’s multigrain cereal made with water and added 1 mashed banana, a scoop of chocolate peanut butter and a splash of silk at the end


With OJ instead of coffee this morning.

I had my teeth cleaned at 8 and then the surgery began at 9:30 and lasted about an hour. I was totally numb (but wide awake!) throughout and I really do not wish that on anyone!! Afterwards my dad picked up me (since I had been medicated I couldn’t drive myself), my mom gave me a vicodin and I fell asleep until 2:00.

When I woke up I decided to try to get something in my tummy. My mom is like super mom and made wonderful soft food for me! She made me beets the way my grandma used to do it (boil fresh beets until soft then slice and sprinkle with sugar), sweet potato casserole and my favorite—-stouffers apples.


Unfortunately I only could get down about one bite of everything.Maybe later. I crawled back into bed and slept in and out until 4:15 (covered with animals, live and stuffed thank you very much)


Then, I knew I HAD to get something in my tummy for real this time because I was feeling queasy. I went for some split pea soup. I only had about two bites until I had to rush to the bathroom to throw everything up (sorry for the graphics). It was absolutely horrible and then I started crying because I hate throwing up so much.

Now, here I am again in my bed this time just sipping on some perrier. I’m due to take some more medicine but worried because I don’t want anything to upset my stomach again.I talked a little bit to my doctor on the phone after the throw up episode and he told as hard as it may be, I NEED to eat something so I’ll probably end up making a smoothie in a little while and sipping on that for the remainder of the evening. I already had to cancel my morning workshop training because I honestly don’t see that happening as of now. But….I haven’t canceled yoga yet. I keep praying and praying that I won’t have to cancel that since I’ve been looking forward to it for a month now. 🙁

Sorry for the discusting nature of post. Hopefully next time will be way more cheery!!

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  • Anna
    January 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Aw, poor thing! The nausea could be a lingering affect of whatever they gave you during the surgery — I hope it passes soon!

  • Carrie H
    January 8, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Oh, Jenna! You are always so up and inspirational … I’ll say a prayer that you feel better soon.

  • Courtney
    January 8, 2009 at 4:51 pm


  • Tamara
    January 8, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Awww, Jenna, I’m so sorry! I hope you feel better soon!! Cuddle with that doggy of yours . . . dogs make everything better. 🙂

  • Maggie
    January 8, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Feel better!!! I hate throwing up too 🙁
    I really hope you can get to that yoga retreat!

  • Kristin
    January 8, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Aww, feel better darling!
    Being sick is the worst, especially when it’s because of something that’s supposed to make you better!!
    I’m praying you get better for your yoga weekend!


  • Becca A
    January 8, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Rest up and feel better Jenna

  • Joy
    January 8, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    ah one of the worst things is when you eat ONE bite of something and automatically throw it up :/ I’m sorry but I’m sure you’ll be able to get a little more down soon, a smoothie sounds great! Hope you feel better soon I’m sure you will 🙂

  • Cassidy
    January 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Aww. I hope you feel better. Glad you have your mom to help.

  • Alex
    January 8, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    That’s so awful! Maybe you should make sure that you are not allergic to one of the medications your dentist prescribed. When I had my wisdom teeth out, my dentist gave me Vicodin plus an antibiotic (the name of which I don’t remember) and I threw up straight for three days any time I ate anything, only to find out I was allergic to the antibiotic. If it happens again, it wouldn’t hurt to check! Feel better!

  • BethT
    January 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    OMG they couldn’t knock you out??? When I got my wisdom teeth out, they offered that option of “twilight sleep” where you were sedated but awake. NO THANKS! I feel so bad for you…

  • alicia
    January 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I hope you will feel better soon. I tend to cry when i puke as well as I feel so helpless when that happens. Don’t worry, you will recover soon. 🙂

  • Kath
    January 8, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Sorry to hear it’s not going well Jenna. When I had my foot surgery I was horribly nauseous and threw up too – but I found out it was the pain killers that were doing it. I quit them and was fine (and luckily had no pain). So maybe trip skipping your next dose?

    Love the live and stuffed animal reference!

  • Gabriela.
    January 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    you don’t know me, but I have been reading your blog for a couple of months now, and I love it! I’m actually from brazil and coincidentally I was an exchange student at cofc just last year!
    I just wanted to say i hope you feel better soon! It must be awful.

  • elise
    January 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    aww…poor jenna! sorry youre feeling so crappy. your mom is so sweet with all those soft/mashed foods. hope you feel better soon!

  • Justy2003
    January 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Awe, sorry you’re not feeling so hot 🙁
    Hope you feel better ASAP!!!

  • Allison K.
    January 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Get better soon!

  • emily
    January 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Aww, hope you feel better! Does your mouth hurt at all or were you spared that pain at least? When I had my wisdom teeth removed (I was 17) I threw up about 10minutes in, which I dangerous if you are under, so they woke me back up and finished the surgery while I was awake – terrible!

  • Serena
    January 8, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I love that Mikan sleeps under the covers with you! Feel better! I agree with Kath – serious pain killers make me sick – I’m better off with Tylenol X-strength.

  • Marissa
    January 8, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Vicodin and other pain meds are really rough on your stomach. Hopefully you’ll start to feel better soon! 🙂

  • VeggieGirl
    January 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Ahhh, wishing you a super-quick recovery, girl!!

  • Jenny
    January 8, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Oh my gosh, you should NOT apologize for your lack of post, I think it’s incredible you even wanted to try! I hope you heal fast and feel better soon! 🙂

  • hk
    January 8, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    sending love and hugs, feel better!

  • caroline
    January 8, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Sending you lots of good energy, Jenna! Good luck, hope your bodies back to normal soon 🙂

  • K
    January 8, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Aw Jenna, feel better soon!! Wishing you a speedy, speedy, speedy recovery 🙁

  • Alyssa
    January 8, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    No! Feel better soon, and I reallllly hope you can make your yoga weekend!

  • tami
    January 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    oh, i hate the dentist, i feel for you. and i hope you feel better soon 🙁

  • Chris
    January 8, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I was worried that you were feeling really bad…sorry it is for real! Hopefully, you will start to have a taste for something soon. Maybe go for clear or gentle liquids (Broth, ginger ale, Gatorade or the smoothie)? I’ve been nursing the kids through stomach flu lately, and these things seem to be the best to start off with when the stomach is not right.

  • Brenda
    January 8, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Awww poor Jenna that sucks! I know EXACTLY how you feel! When I had my periodontal surgery on Monday, they weren’t able to give me laughing gas because the nose piece would interfere with one of the areas where they needed to stitch on new gum, so I had to be awake for the entire time as well! Blahh! Feel better soon!

  • Shelby
    January 8, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Feel Better Jenna, I’m wish you a speedy recovery! =(

  • Milly
    January 8, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Jenna, I am so sorry to hear you’re in so much discomfort!! I hope you recover soon!

  • mh
    January 8, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    aww hun feel better!! Maybe try dry toast with your smoothie and a sprite. that always makes me feel better when I’m sick!! Praying for you

  • Meredith
    January 8, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I hope you feel better soon! I sometimes cry when I throw up too — hopefully your tummy has settled down!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    January 8, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    You poor poor thing! Don’t even think about the yoga “camp” right now…just believe that tomorrow morning you are going to wake up and feel 100% better! Sending healthy vibes, thoughts and prayers right atcha girl!

  • claire
    January 8, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Ooo, that’s no fun! When I had oral surgery, I think the anesthesia/meds they used made me sick. I literally couldn’t keep ANYTHING (water included) down for 24 hours. After that I was cool, though. I’m sure you’ll feel better tomorrow…probably side effect from the meds. Hope you’re able to do your yoga workshop but don’t push it. Maybe you can get a raincheck for another if you can’t go.

  • seelivelee (for the love of peanut butter)
    January 8, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    oh, jenna! plz feel better soon! we miss you!

  • Kate
    January 8, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Jenna! I really hope you recover asap. On the plus side, your dog is adorable and will definitely speed up your recovery:)

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    January 8, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Feel better Jenna! I hope the pain goes away quickly for you!

  • Mara
    January 8, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Aww feel better!!! HUGS!

  • Meghan
    January 8, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    oh no, feel better Jenna!!

  • Alexia
    January 8, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Awwww…. I am sorry you are sick on top of the surgery. No fun! I hope you fell better soon!

  • Avery
    January 8, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Awww I’m so, so sorry. That’s the worst. I really hope you get better soon, and I hope you know what a help your blog is to me. I am attempting to recover from bulimia and I really had no idea how to eat normally and healthily. Thank You so much and Feel Better!

  • Colleen
    January 8, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I’m going to chime in about the pain meds too, I can’t take them without getting sick. 🙁

    I pray you wake up feeling sooo much better, and that you can still go to your yoga camp! *hugs to you*

  • Christina
    January 8, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I’m sending you lots of positive, healing vibes!! I’m sure you’ll feel lots better tomorrow.

  • Marian
    January 8, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    I’m new to the blogging world but I just want to let you know I LOVE your blog! I hope you feel better! I was awake when they did my surgery too and it sucked! Get well soon!

  • polly
    January 8, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    oh honey, feel better! No worries about the yoga weekend, if you don’t feel strong and better, there will always be another fun yoga adventure around the corner. Rest and heal is most important, cause you have your amazing new job to look forward to!! Massive hugs and prayers! XOXO

  • Julie
    January 8, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I wish you a speedy recovery just in time for yoga!! Feel better Jenna!!

  • Emily
    January 8, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I hope you feel better soon!
    I have been improving my yoga steadily, since you introduced me via yogadownloads. Your site inspires me a lot : ) Thank you for sharing your story.
    Sending you get well soon wishes,

  • tammy
    January 8, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Jenna, I have been worried about you. Glad to hear from you! Take care!

  • Mel
    January 8, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Awww, I hope you feel better soon! Dental surgery is the worst!

  • Victoria
    January 8, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Feel better soon! That sounds so miserable! Glad you have people to take care of you.

  • Meg
    January 8, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    I hope you feel better soon and that you make it to the workshop this weekend!

  • Melissa
    January 8, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I hope you are feeling better soon – especially in time for yoga tomorrow! Dental work sucks!

  • Melissa
    January 8, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    FEEL BETTER sweetie!!!!

    (I’m the SAME way about throwing up….I think I’ve only thrown up like twice in my adulthood! UGH)

  • leadingladylis
    January 8, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    oh stinker! That’s not good- I’ve had a similar reaction after a surgery and mine was due to the painkillers (just like Kath). My doctor switched my prescription and I was much better, but for a while I couldn’t even hold down water. No fun at all.
    I’ll say a prayer for you and your yoga weekend.

    much love,

  • Andrea (Andrea's Eats)
    January 8, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Feel better! The tummy ache was probably a mixture of the pain killers, whatever they gave you prior to the surgery and having an upset stomach. Being sick to your stomach like that is the worst feeling.

  • Natalie
    January 8, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear all of this Jenna. 🙁

    I’m really hoping for you to get better soon and strong enough for the yoga workshop!

  • Miss Tiffie
    January 8, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    awww sweetie, feel better soon. wish i could give you a big hug right now :[ the nausea should go away soon, hopefully, just sleep it off :]


  • Danielle
    January 8, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Aw I’m sorry You’re feeling so miserable. I hope you feeling better in the morning. I’m sure you’ll be able to do your yoga weekend!

  • ttfn300
    January 8, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    i hope you are feeling better soon jenna!!!

  • Bev
    January 8, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    You feel really awful…. that is the pits. Tomorrow will be better. Kath is probably right. Meds can make you sick. I hope you make it to Yoga tomorrow. I’ll say a prayer for you.

  • Rachel
    January 8, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Hey Jenna,

    I had surgery today too! And I’m absolutely miserable… I had my tonsils out and basically am dealing with 2 enormous holes in my throat. The pain meds don’t really work that well and it kills just to drink water. I’m on soft foods (excpet no dairy, acidic foods: tomato, fruit, vinegars, etc.) YUK! Hope you have a speedy recovery!

  • Ashley
    January 8, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    get better soooooon! everyones thinking of you 🙂

  • Priyanka
    January 8, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Thinking of you Jenna! Hope You fell better soon!!

  • kathleen
    January 8, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    aah jenna. i had my gums grafted about two years ago and it was so painful! i also had a difficult time keeping food down. good luck and just try to rest as much as possible.

  • BridgetP
    January 8, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Hope you recover soon!!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    January 8, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    So sorry Jenna. Glad your sweet pup is there to comfort you. 🙂 Hope you’re feeling better tomorrow and that you don’t have to miss out on any of your weekend yoga.

  • Fancy
    January 8, 2009 at 8:54 pm


  • Erin
    January 8, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Poor baby! Those medications are rough on the tum tum. You sweet thing. That picture of you is angelic. I hope you can keep some stuff down! Take care Jenna.

  • haya
    January 8, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    ugh! sorry to hear you are feeling so icky. it’s ironic that pain killers just give you different kinds of pains. i haven’t had to deal with them in a long time but i think my pain tolerance is too low to try and go without. i need to tough up!
    hope the dog snuggles are helping you feel better and that part of supper stayed down. it’s frustrating when you know you really need to eat but you just can’t. take good care.

  • gina (fitnessista)
    January 8, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    that picture of you laying in bed with the animals made me so sad! FEEL BETTER!
    i’m right there with you about the throwing up.. it’s horrible

  • Kristin
    January 8, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I would rather have my legs broken then have tummy/vomit problems I have no tolerance for pain in that respect so, I understand how you feel and I hope you get better right away and I hope you can make it to yoga!

  • katie s
    January 8, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Feel better, Jenna!!!! Be careful with the vicodin. When I had my wisdom teeth taken out and was put on vicodin I had a bad allergic reaction and was throwing up from it!! Blech! I hope you get better soon!!!

  • Sharon
    January 8, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Oh no! Hope things go well for you!

    Feel better girl!

  • HangryPants
    January 9, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Aww so sorry the surgery was rough. Take care of yourself!


  • Angie
    January 9, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I just caught up on your last few posts. I’m sorry to hear you had a rough time after your surgery (and don’t feel bad, I cry when I throw up too *wink*) but glad to hear you’re doing much better and have been able to attend your yoga workshop(s).

    I’ve gotta learn how to make a poached egg. They look so good!