A Vegan Experience of Surgery & Recovery: I had chest reconstruction surgery on August 22nd 2017. For Vegan Mofo 2017, I will be writing about my experience preparing for surgery and my ongoing recovery.
7 days post op was a lovely sunny Bank Holiday Monday in Brighton. Two of my favourite people came to visit me from London that day and I was keen to get out in the sun and eat some good food.
Sadly it was quite a short visit, as two of us weren’t in the best of shape, but we definitely made the most of the few hours we had together.
We started off by heading down to the Laines in search of Gelato while we had a catch up. A few years ago, I would have been insisting we go to Boho Gelato and nowhere else, but honestly, the few times I popped in during the run up to surgery, the flavours were too fruity and boring for me. I decided to get down to Gelato Gusto, who have a wide range of vegan options and queues going right down the street.
I was not disappointed in the offer there that day. I had an amazing selection of Salted Caramel, Pistachio and Mango Raspberry (I’m sure this was the third flavour, though I was high on drugs so who knows?!) There were quite a few other flavours available, all clearly labelled but the staff are super friendly if you want to double check what is and isn’t vegan.
I love love loved the Pistachio. It was so creamy and full of flavour. Salted Caramel was amazing as it always is, it’s sweet…what’s not to love? I did enjoy the fruity flavour, it was rich and creamy and a nice addition to the other two scoops that were there.
After Gelato we had a quick stroll by some of the shops and I went via Loving Hut to pick up my favourite of an Ocean Burger and Sweet n Sour Chicken Balls to take down to the beach. I wanted to eat a fishy burger and chips by the sea!
I love Brighton Beach because it’s not a sandy beach, it’s stones! Yay! No shitty annoying sand in my shoes and between my toes. It’s heaven for me! We found a nice patch and settled down for a wee lie down. The sun was beaming down and it was HOT, so I decided to roll my trousers up, whip my shirt off and chill out in my post op binder.
I was so happy here, I’ve never felt that comfortable on beaches before but it was pretty liberating to get my top off at the beach. Dream come true! I only managed around 15-20 minutes in the sun before I started to worry that I’d burn before my post op appointment the next day, and retreated back to the shade.
It was such a beautiful fun day out with friends and reminded me how much I love Brighton when the weather is so good. It was nice to finally be up for getting out and about to enjoy the place. I definitely recommend checking out Gusto Gelato and despite being a bit mean about the vegan options at Boho Gelato, they’re also pretty great and worth checking out too. Who says you can’t have Gelato twice in one day?
That’s all for today, hope you all have a wonderful Saturday!