The very last last meal

Pancakes are my go-to comfort food. They’re light and fluffy, yet incredibly filling. They’re a breakfast food, but they taste like dessert. Restaurants do a lot of different things with pancakes (Footnote 1), but you can’t go wrong with plain buttermilk ones topped with butter and smothered in syrup.

It’s only fitting, then, that last night I went to IHOP for my very last, last meal. This morning, I started my pre-surgery diet, which mainly consists of protein shakes and Jell-O pudding. As it was a special occasion, I ordered a full stack of five pancakes with warm syrup. I also got a scrambled egg, so no one can accuse me of not eating a balanced meal.

I was really stuffing my face. Look at the size of that forkful.

As this was my last day of gluttonous eating, probably for my entire life, I had pizza for lunch, a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food as my afternoon snack, and two Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for dessert. By the end of the day, I felt delirious.

I’m one day into the pre-surgery diet, and so far I’m feeling fine. I have heard that after a few days, headaches and extreme fatigue set in. I’ll let you know how it goes.

1. The First Watch near Camp David makes a delicious banana and granola pancake. And I once had a pancake as big as a hubcap at Hash House a Go Go in Orlando.

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