Health Update


You all may have wondered where I have been for the past three months. Many of you had a vague notion that I was sick but weren’t quite aware of how sick I was. Truth of the matter is that I was so sick that they didn’t think I would make through alive. I had a raging case of ARDS so bad that I was on a
ventilator in ICU for over 30 days. They transferred me to the current hospital
to wean me off the ventilator and tracheotomy. Unfortunately, while I was under sedation I sustained major nerve damage in my right arm (which is my dominant hand) which means that I’ve had to learn how to type, eat, and function all over again. After this, my next stop is an acute physical rehab so that I can learn to walk again.

While I am back doing Columbus Foodie full-time, it may be a little slow going
in the beginning until I’m fully recovered. I’ve bought a copy of voice
recognition software that will make things easier but it may be a while until
you hear my voice regularly. In the meantime, Paul has been picking up the
slack by being my photographer, proxy at events, and all-around great partner
in more ways than one.

While in a medically induced coma, I had some vivid bizarre dreams that caused me to confuse fantasy with reality. Maybe I will tell you all about that in a separate post, so detailed that it makes for a great story. Expect new content soon. Thanks to all for the well wishes, phone calls, and visits; they did more than you know to lift my spirits and keep me optimistic.

24 thoughts on “Health Update

  1. Ali

    Best of luck to you in your recovery. It sounds like it will be a lot of hard work and perseverance to get back to where you want to be, but you can do it! I do hope you write about your dreams, it sounds very interesting. Take care and hang in there, it sounds like your husband is taking good care of you. 🙂

  2. Amy Lozier

    I’m so glad that things are getting better for you, Becke. We’ve missed your smiling face at the North Market, and I’ve missed your restaurant reviews! (you know you’re the one reviewer I trust implicitly!!) Get well fast, and if there is anything I can do, please let me know.

  3. Carolyn Furr

    The Columbus food scene just isn’t the same without you. Look forward to your full recovery!

  4. Erratic

    I am so happy you are on the mend. You were missed and everyone was so worried. Hope all is well and it is great to have you back!!

  5. Emily Blevins

    Lovely to hear your voice again Becke. I am so inspired by your work and am glad to hear you're on the mend. When reading about your symptoms I wondered if you have been tested for food allergies. The description of celiac disease (reaction to gluten) at the Mayo Clinic website ( seems to encompass several things you mentioned in previous posts. Hope you feel a little better each day and looking forward to reading your future posts. 🙂

  6. columbusfoodie Post author

    From what I understand, the hospital did a full workup on me to determine what was wrong. I'm not sure if celiac testing was among them. Thank you for sharing your experience, and I will be sure to follow up on it. Nothing would make me happier than getting to the bottom of this health mess.

  7. janiegirl

    First thing I thought was celiac or gluten intolerance. Diagnosed a year ago and results only show up on bood work IF celiac. I demanded more extensive tests from my doctor after not even being able to stomach water. Can have the same problems and physical damage and unfortunately only an upper or lower GI with biopsy will show if blood test is neg. Currently keeping a food journal with my son because he is showing signs but I don't want Dr.s to do such invasive testing. I hope you get well soon. Please insist that dr.s find the CAUSE (whatever it may be) before they send you home. You deserve that. You will be in our prayers.

  8. blackhoney112

    I was newbie that moved to Columbus a year ago andhad so much fun discovering Columbus using your website as inspiration to be more adventrous to try new things….glad to see you are recovering and blogging again! 🙂

  9. Luna

    I'm waiting! Everybody worried about you, and me also.
    I began to read your writings one year ago. My therapist recommended me your website.
    I could get energy from you to recover. Thank you so much.
    Please take your time. I'm waiting!

  10. kelly

    You're amazing. I'm a Twitter follower no where near Columbus so can't remember how we connected, but remember that you were unexpectedly ill last Fall. And it's taken me this long to get back. Oh my goodness. You've been through so much. Counting stars for your complete recovery soon. Best to you from the most southwest corner of the US.

  11. Breadchick

    Becke it is so good to hear you are doing better. The food blogging world is glad tohave you back. All the best to a speedy recovery

  12. bill yerkes

    hi Becke, we don't normally deliver, but in your case we'd be glad to. If you have any interest in eating pizza or waffles, give me a call and I'll run them over to you (or your visitors) or just tell Paul to stop by and we'll load him and the car up. I, like many other people here really enjoy your photos and writing style, and look forward to you writing here again soon. bye, bill and peggy yerkes

  13. Robin

    So glad to see you are blogging and doing better Becke. I know there are great things in store for you and I can't wait to ride the journey with you. I am a fairly new reader, (just before you got sick), and really enjoy your work.

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