Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Holiday favorites

I hope that everyone enjoys their holiday with their loved ones.  This year my family and I are going to my Mom's house for Thanksgiving, which means I don't have to cook! However, that also means that I don't get to test out some new recipes this holiday season, maybe Christmas since my Mother-in-Law is flying in from Denver.

Here are some holiday favorites that I am sure I will be seeing at my Mom's this Thanksgiving since they are a family favorite.






Make this one at least 3-4 hours ahead of time to give the peas time to defrost



Here are some more non-traditional routes you can go with your holiday feast


Sunday, November 24, 2013

where I've been and what I've been up to

I am sorry that I have not been posting new recipes lately.
I had a lot planned to post over these past few months, however, my body had a different plan for me. 

Early in September I awoke to a horrible pain in my chest and a racing heartbeat, which was nothing less than frightening.  As the thunder struck outside, I tried to tell myself that I had woke because of the thunder which had startled me.  However, after waiting, for probably longer than I should have, I realized that the pain, nor my racing heart were going to go away on their own. Wanting sleep, but too scared to do so lest I never wake up again, I told my husband of my situation and we headed off to the closest hospital.

Once at the hospital I was given an EKG and then immediately shuttled off to a room in the ER.  In my new room they gave me nitroglycerin, and monitored my condition, after a while they took another EKG. It seemed like an eternity, but of course it wasn't, only a few hours had passed since I woke, time passes so slowly when you are waiting for news from the doctor.  When the doctor did come in, it wasn't to tell me that I could go home, but to tell me that I was going to stay there for at least another day or so for more testing.

I spent a few days in the hospital while they poked and prodded me, scanned my heart, stressed my heart, and then they put a catheter into my wrist, up my artery and into my heart. They found no answers.  They cannot tell me why, that when my heart is stressed, my coronary artery will spasm, reducing, and sometimes stopping the blood flow to sections of my heart. Why sometimes my heart has T-Wave inversions. Why my heart randomly decides to stop beating correctly sending me to the hospital, sometimes by ambulance. They have no answers for why my resting heart rate, even on heart medication, is between 100-122 beats per minute (a normal, healthy adult of my age/weight/gender is 70-80 bpm).

So, I am apologizing for my lack of posts these past few months, and the possibility of me lacking many more in the future. For the time being it looks as if I am to be spending a large porition of my time getting to know the doctors and nurses in my local hospital.  Next month I will begin treatment at a research hospital, maybe they will find some answers.