I have never ceased to marvel at science and technology since the astronauts walked on the moon. We hear of miracles happening every day that a few years ago seemed impossible to accomplish.
I had a chance to experience one of these miracles recently.
About 28 years ago, I had my gall bladder removed, with 17 stones. When I recently learned that I had a stone hung up in a duct in my insides, I feared I would have to undergo that same very unpleasant experience.
Lo and behold, I was referred to a doctor who visits Payson three days a week. His specialty is endoscopy, a procedure wherein a flexible tube is inserted in the patient's mouth. This small tube, about the thickness of a pencil, is fitted with a camera which sends pictures to a screen so the doctor can watch its procedure as the tube is pushed down through the intestines. It is also fitted with tools whereby it can cut incisions, and then sew them up again. A small incision was made in my duct, and then a balloon was inflated to push the stone out; then the incision was repaired, and the tube was removed.
The entire outpatient procedure took about an hour or so. I was mildly sedated by an anesthetic, which did not render me unconscious, but I was told that I would not remember what had happened.
The doctor who performed the "endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography" is Gary Cornette, D.O., who recently moved to Phoenix from Missouri. He told me that my operation was the first one of that type to be done at the Payson Regional Medical Center.
After an hour in the recovery room, I was fully conscious and ready to go home. The only result was the indignation I felt at lying face down, helpless to kick, cry or flail out at a tube that was pinching my lip and giving me a fat lip. Later I was very happy to know that I would be free of the excruciating pain a stone, the size of a small marble, could cause. I ever so subtly asked if there were any foods I should avoid eating when I went home.
And since the subject of food was discussed, I asked him if he liked to cook, and then quickly asked him if he had a favorite recipe.
The nurse in attendance said, "Probably one for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches," to which the doctor replied, "Oh, I can come up with something better than that." And he did. You will find Dr. Cornette's recipe for "Glory Be Salad." It is a delicious fruit salad which could be served as a light supper with toast or sandwiches, perhaps peanut butter and jelly would go well with it! Or it can accompany a full meal for company, or the family's Sunday dinner.
Glory Be Salad
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups orange juice
1 (10-ounce) package frozen, sliced strawberries
1 (10-ounce) can Mandarin oranges, drained
1 (16-ounce) can of peach slices, drained
1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
2 bananas, sliced
Boil sugar and orange juice in saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Add strawberries. Remove from heat and stir until strawberries are thawed. Cool. Add mandarin oranges, peaches, pineapple and bananas. Pour mixture into a 9x13-inch pan. Cover and freeze. Remove from freezer one hour before serving. Cut into squares and serve on a lettuce leaf. Makes 12 servings.