Out of the Hospital and Back at Home

Well, it looks like I got a break. I will not be needing surgery to fix my gallblabber after all. However, this doesn’t mean I won’t need to take care of it in the future. The doctor wants to run another blood test a week from today to see how I am progressing. He asked me to reduce the fat in my diet and basically live a healthier lifestyle. In other words, if I’m going to review any restaurants in the near future, it better be one that serve healthy food (is there such a thing?).

Events like these always make you reflect on what is truly important in life. It really doesn’t matter if you have all the money in the world but have bad health. I have been living a pretty unhealthy lifestyle with all the eating out and lack of exercise. I think it’s time for a lifestyle reassessment. Also, being in the hospital for two days reminded me that I need to update my will.

I want to thank all the readers who sent me get well wishes on the blog and on Twitter. It really does mean a lot to me. Blogging from the hospital was a unique experience but it’s one I rather not do again. Here’s a quick video I shot from my hospital room.

75 thoughts on “Out of the Hospital and Back at Home”

  1. Gary says:

    Time to start drinking some of mom’s homemade soups… 😉

    1. Li Weng says:

      Just need to make sure they’re not super oily… Maybe green tea is better.

      1. Ryan McLean says:

        Dude, that is the lifestyle I want….blogging all the time

        1. Glad to see you’re back at home, John!

          1. good to know you are doing great now and back in action…

      2. Trevor says:

        Oh yea.

        I love green tea. There’s this Japanese kind that I can just drink forever!

  2. Ian Evans says:


    There are several Chinese medicine alternatives to surgery…did a three day apple juice cleanse once that kicked out a bunch of stones.

    1. Li Weng says:

      Apple juice cleanse??? that stuff works?

    2. Supposedly that works for getting rid of acne as well…

      Good to have you back John!

      1. tracy says:

        I thought soy bean milk and tofu were the solution to acne.

    3. That sounds like a workout to me. He could probably do it if it had beer in it too. 🙂

    4. Had no idea applesauce could do that. And I love applesauce, but it has to be Motts!

      1. Ian Evans says:

        Apple juice, not sauce…

        Two days of that, lots of running to the bathroom, some olive oil and lemon and finally the stones come out. [googling for example link]

        Try http://www.sensiblehealth.com/Journey-03.xhtml, step 3a.

  3. Kanwal says:

    Great to hear you are doing better. Look forward to your renewed focus on eating healthier and staying healthy.

  4. Simon Lau says:

    Glad to hear you’re out without the need for surgery. Take care of yourself, like you noted, all the the money in the world won’t mean anything if you’re sick and not able to live life.

  5. Karl Hadwen says:

    Glad to hear that you are out of hospital, hope the next blood test goes well and that you dont have to go back to hospital, we all know how bad the foods are at hospitals 😉

  6. Trevor says:

    Wow, happy to hear that you’re doing fine John! There’s too much things to do in life to be stuck in an hospital.

  7. Zijian says:

    Take up biking! It’s a good sport to go for! Just be careful about the curves and bumps.

  8. Nick says:

    Glad to hear that you’re out of the hospital and doing better. You can eat healthy at home and do posts on that 😀 You could get the shopping, preperation, and eating all in one post!

    So, since you were blogging while you were in the hospital, does it make your hospital stay tax deductible?

  9. homemom3 says:

    Glad to see no surgery was needed and you are back with your family. Good luck on that life adjustment.

  10. Duane Storey says:

    Gallstones are usually a result of diets high in carbohydrates, not fat. I’m surprised your doctor told you to reduce fat.

    1. Where did you hear that?

      It isn’t backed up by medical fact.

    2. I’d also like to know where that information came from.

      1. Duane Storey says:

        Gallstones are linked to insulin resistance and high intake of refined carbohydrates, at least in the research I’ve done. Check out pubmed.com. Here are a few articles:



        Most doctors stop learning the moment they come out of medical school, unfortunately.

  11. Duane Storey says:

    But glad you’re ok!

  12. Hey John, glad to see that you’re gonna be ok. I’d seriously consider full detox and master cleanse if I were you dude. I know first hand what that will do for you.


    p.s. Hey Ian, that apple juice cleanse sounds pretty good. My last one was 16oz of cold pressed olive oil and 7 days of natural detox and cleansing supplements. Oh yes we kicked out a few stones with that one.

    1. Ian Evans says:

      Yeh…I’ve done it a couple of times and even if you don’t get the stones coming out, the liver flush puts a real spring in your step.

  13. Jeff Kee says:

    Could have given you the health advice months ago. I thought the restaurant reviews were just for occasional dine-outs!

    Unfortunately most chinese food, dimsum places in vancouver serve very fatty food, and the ingredient quality is very poor. That’s why I avoid dimsum or anything of the sort for the most part. When I eat out I tend to stick with simple dishes that taste good, and sushi. And if I’m going to have some fat, i’d rather take in some fat from good cheese (hence I like Italian food).

  14. Li Weng says:

    You must be quite relieved about that. What kinda exercises are you looking to do?

  15. welcome back home..
    we want more updates now 😀

  16. charles says:

    Welcome back home. Wish you all the health.

  17. Glad to see you out of the hospital John,and wish you all the best with the gall bladder.

  18. andy says:

    John- Good to see you out of the hospital. Good luck with the life style change. I just started mine! If you need any tips let me know and I can definitely give you some pointers.

  19. Glad to hear that you are out of hospital. Hope you will take care of your diet

  20. Shaun Carter says:

    Good news John! I’m glad you won’t be needing the surgery and look forward to seeing you blog from better surroundings again.

  21. dg says:

    Sounds like you’ve been eating too much fois gras 🙁

  22. I'm Doomed says:

    John, glad to hear you’re doing better, and I wish you the best.

    But, ahem, speaking of your will…have you thought about who would get your traffic if something awful happens? May I suggest myself as the beneficiary?

    Although, that would be the most awesome contest of blogging history…get put into John Chow’s will as the beneficiary of johnchow.com’s traffic.

    But, I hope the winner will only benefit far, far, far into the future. All my best.

  23. Sid Savara says:

    Really happy to hear you won’t be needing surgery John!

    Just because you CAN work from anywhere you want doesn’t mean we want you to be blogging from the hospital 😉

  24. BusinessX says:

    I figure all us computer guys need to eat better and exercise more. With New Years right around the corner, a good time to start.

    Thought it funny to end your video with a close-up of the ML gym bag.

  25. Stephen says:

    You know that Dot Com Pho Crew special directive is in place: Smack you upside the head if you eat something bad. Your willpower will also be tested by watching me consume the tower of meat at Kam Do (I still have no clue how I can do shit like that).

    We’ve bugged you for years about your eating habits and we’ll continue to bug you because we don’t want you to croak. At least not unless it is by the hand of a Kung Fu Panda or by a flock (?) of lobsters looking for revenge 😉

  26. Good to hear. Stay healthy.

  27. Moulinneuf says:

    Cool to hear your out , now tell us what was the first thing you went for ?

    Drink ? Meat ? Junk food ? 😉

  28. NIX74 says:

    Nice to hear that all things are good for you and hope you will recover fast and continue blogging. Maybe can try out my health blog for some health tips .:P

    Take care.

  29. Yay!!! You got to go home! Plenty of water, John. I see that you did have time to reflect on a few things. I know that my Dad did and so did I. Love and live every moment. But for you, its love and blog every moment!!

  30. Coop says:

    Glad to hear that you are on the mend. You may want to take a little while and realize just how important exercise and eating healthy are. When you’ve lost your good health, nothing else matters.

  31. Emmet Gibney says:

    Glad to hear you’re out of the hospital John : )

  32. anonymous says:

    Haha, that’s the result of having too much steaks. John chowed down too much steaks.

  33. Haha, you definitely need to cut down on all those restaurant visits! Glad to hear you’re well, John. 😉

  34. David Beroff says:

    Luckily, all of the healthy lifestyle choices (including physical, mental and emotional) have associated affiliate programs, so you can easily turn your pursuits into more blogging income! 🙂

  35. John Creek says:

    Welcome back John!!!

  36. John, great opportunity for more sponsors. I wrote about my gallstone ordeal at http://www.horizonsmagazine.com/2004Archives/12-04.html and what I did to change my diet. Basically I ate a very heavy beef and pork and fried food diet for years and it caught up with me. I eat out 4-5 times a week so I now have to read everyone’s menu online and get their nutritional info so I know how much fat is in every meal before I dine there. I cut back to 60 grams a day of fat and for 4 years have been symptom free.

    If you do get your gall bladder out in a few months, simply take Pancreatin with each meal and it will help you assimilate your fats. I take it with every meal now, it does for my food what my gall bladder used to do. Without it, the smallest amount of oil in your food will go right through you embarrassingly fast, but that will only happen the first few weeks until your body gets used to the new internal re-routing. It is not a permanent condition, promise.

    The best change I made to my diet was to begin eating Asian soups and salads, which I do 4-5 times a week now. I personally cut out beef and pork and only have chicken or fish 2-3 times a week. I found the easiest way for me to cut down on fats was to cut out meats. An acupuncture physician may be able to dissolve your stones using a laser. Good luck.

  37. It’s great that now you realize that you have to be healthy. I was 200+ pounds about 1-2 years ago and after the results of my blood test, my wife pushed me into eating healthy. So far I’ve lost a total of 50-60 pounds and now I am eating a lot more, but not gaining the weight. However, I still need to exercise…thank god I can play Wii Fit 🙂


  38. John, i am glad to hear that you have been discharged from hospital. It is not really good that stay in the hospital for so long…and blogging there may not good things to do again…

    Well since you are Chinese, perhaps it is time for you to eat vegetarian and it will bring you a healthy lifestyle with well balanced diet

  39. uwak says:

    glad to hear your healthy progress……..I am waiting your tips and advice to be successfull blogger…thanks

  40. What did market Leverage sponsor your hospital trip too? lol

  41. michael says:

    nice 2 see u again,,…

  42. Ann Warner says:

    glad to hear you’re better john, take care!

  43. mama bok says:

    Happy to hear that you are outta the hospital !! take care..!

  44. Good to know your better.

  45. Eric says:

    Glad you are back John – enjoyed the posts from the hospital, but as you said definitely better to be doing your blogging from elsewhere.

  46. Li Weng says:

    WTH? Where did the newest blog post go? The one about affiliate competition and yaro’s blogging product?

  47. really john, this is definitely a Wake Up Call WUC for you and most of your readers. aging is not a pretty sight, it takes a lot of focus and determination to age gracefully. i am glad that you are not having surgery, it just means that the inflammation was not chronic enough to remove the stones from your gallbladder. the gall of it all, eh.

    so what to do? i thought i was healthy, too, a couple of years ago. whammy, i was told i had high blood pressure. extreme. oh, so that was why i was a shaking piece of flesh. eating to cover up or self medicate my feelings which were never that great.

    i was a health nut and a therapist to others. just shows you if you live long enough, we all fall into our own hard won holes. i defintely had to clinb back to altitude again.

    may i suggest you call me up and book yourself an appointment to get on my Quantum Biofeedback device and see if you are going to say aha, like i did when i saw the information on this system. http://www.thequantumalliance.com

    also to dilute all the toxins that produce the acids that make gallstones, kidney stones and lactic acid, i would like to direct you to http://www.trygoodwater.com and my webpage http://www.ionways.com/yeswater and see if you can understand how important this piece will be in yours and your families lives.

    i am commited to be of service, always.

    moneca yardley

  48. joe gelb says:

    well his health problem is a wake up call for me, so john chow just made an impact on many lives around the world

  49. Marek says:

    Hey John,

    I’d be interested to hear what you thought of the medical care you recieved. I’m a BC guy too (Vernon, in the Okanagan), but living in Quebec now. I’ve always heard people complain about how bad the hospital care is in Canada with universal health care, but I’ve always found it great.

    That being said, I’m from Vernon, and our hospitals serve MUCH fewer people than one like richmond would. You mentioned a little about it, but I think all your Canadian readers would be interested in your overall impression of the quality!

    As for Healthy lifestyle, are you anywhere near the dyke in richmond? Whenever I’m there, I always walk the dyke to Steveston for coffee. I start out from near a little pitch n’ putt golf course (not sure what street that is) and a round trip from the golf course to Steveston is a little over five miles, and very pleasant if the weather is nice.

    Anyway, good luck with your recovery. Your health and family are the MOST important things!

    1. John Chow says:

      My stay was pretty good. Just a lot of waiting for test results. I got a private room and everything and it didn’t cost me a cent so I can’t complain. Also I really like that they let me use my setup to get on the Net. I’ve ridden my bike on the dyke many times but have never walked it. I’ve walked the Iona Beach jetty before.

  50. Glad to see you are back @ home!

  51. Azmi says:

    It was good while it lasted, right John? Now you gotta stay healthy to stay out of the hospital. I’m glad you’re ok, and good luck

  52. I’m happy to see you back out there. Keep it safe.


  53. Ben Pei says:

    Good to best home sweet home..

  54. Paula says:

    Yeah, some days I feel the urge to tear myself away from the blogs, take my new iPod Touch to the gym and lift weights.

    It really does wonders.

    So does sitting in the sunny window in the winter whilst I blog.

    Balance is key.

    Thank GOD above that you’re okay — and getting healthier. Grace, grace, grace…

  55. Takumi86 says:

    Sorry to hear about your accident and glad you can make it back John

  56. LatestRant says:

    I agree about the carbs. I’ve been cutting out refined sugar and carbs (and that includes white rice) for many years now and by avoiding all the carbs, you don’t get those spikes in sugar.

    Lots of veggies, lots of lean meat and lots of green tea. Get well! Another thing which sounds odd but worked for me, is every-time I got gallbladder pain, the doctor told me to bear down and strain and it actually moved the stones out of the mouth of the gallbladder . Gross I know but it worked.

    Our bodies are meant to live off food from the earth, not stuff in packages and especially refined sugar and empty carbs.

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