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Saturday, July 22, 2017

I Can't Go!!! Mom's Meatballs!!!

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I can't go!!!  I had to turn down an invite tonight to a friend's house for dinner.  He was having a small gathering.


Turning down invites makes me sad and sometimes angry.  I LOVE to visit and socialize and having to say no... well, it simply STINKS.

I can't go with the family to a restaurant tonight either - a family night out with the Christmas gift certificates my sister gave to everyone! (See What About Restaurants, Parties, Invites And Public Places?)


Christmas of 2015, my sister decided to give all her nieces and nephews gift certificates to a restaurant; the same restaurant.  The deal was, they would all go out together.  They did and they had a ball!

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She did the same thing in 2016 only this time, included my parents.  And so... the ENTIRE family (my sister, her husband and kids) my kids and their significant others, my other sister and her husband and her kids and their significant others, are all going out to dinner tonight using the gift certificates from Christmas.

My daughter's college graduation dinner - I was able to attend that
The only two missing will be me and my husband.

With everyone's crazy schedules, this is when they could get everyone together!  Per my sister asking in the video above, they all love the gift and want her to do it yearly!  I thought it was a really great idea, even though I can't partake.

Maybe this year, she can find a restaurant that is reasonable enough and offers gift certificates AND has good food AND has a private room far from the kitchen.  If she can find ALL that, then I can go with the family!

I still can't eat anything, I will have to bring my own food, but at least I can go.


My sister did ask the restaurant if they had a private room.  They do, but as you will hear in the video above, it's right near the kitchen.  That doesn't help me.  I can't go.  Not only that, but it's an Italian restaurant that also makes pizza!!!!!!!!!!! (See Foods And Drinks That Originated In Or Are Associated With New York Part 1)

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Anywhere pizza is made, there's flour being flung all over the place.  It flies through the air and nowhere in the restaurant is safe.  Not to mention the cooking of the pizza.  Ovens are usually out in the open, not back in a kitchen.


Flour means GLUTEN.  Gluten for me means the ER.  Just breathing it in (either from it being in the air or the aroma from cooking) means a bad allergy attack.  (See Family Birthday Celebrations) Walking into a pizzeria could be a death sentence for me.


My mom is making meatballs for a family birthday celebration tomorrow. My son is helping her.  I couldn't be in the house when they first poured the breadcrumbs into the meat but once it was mixed up, I could be there. (See Family, Friends, Food And Fun!)

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I can't be in her house when she's frying them.  Being the meatballs have breadcrumbs in them, I will have an allergy attack from the gluten in the breadcrumbs.  So I had to leave once she was ready to fry.

It's hard to know family and friends are gathering and I can't be a part of it.  (See Family And Friends Gathering - Part 3 of Series)


And so... I don't go to the friend's house. I don't go out with the family to the restaurant.  It's upsetting, it causes stress and anxiety, but, I must accept the situation and all my issues. (See Dealing With The Issues Associated With Hashimoto's Disease)


I do my best to always see the pros.  Some days, it's a challenge.  (See Pros And Cons)  I try to remember, things could be worse.  (See Great News)

To follow my story: (See Someone Asked Me Today How I Deal With...)

I try to divert my mind.  Rather than think about not being able to go, instead I'm working on something happy!


I'm writing out invitations for a big party the end of August.  I'm helping my sister plan it.  Stay positive, think happy thoughts, divert, and yes, sadness, anger, anxiety and stress will strike, but you are STRONGER than them!  Remember that.

The saga continues...



MOM'S MEATBALLS:

Ingredients:

Ground beef, you can also mix in ground pork if you like
breadcrumbs (plain)
eggs
milk
salt
parsley
garlic powder or fresh garlic (ground)
Parmesan cheese
She sometimes adds raisins

Add all seasonings to taste.  Mom NEVER measures anything.  She adds "until it looks good" which is how she taught us all to cook.  I guess what looks good to her works because she's an AMAZING cook! 

Roll meatballs, don't overwork the meat.   Fry in olive oil until browned.  Let cook in sauce the rest of the way. Enjoy

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Great News

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I had the strangest occurrence.  (See You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up!)  

The doctor's office called a few minutes ago at 8:30 a.m. to check on me.  The man I spoke with (yay, I could speak) was happy to hear my voice. 

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He said he's been working at that office for six years and NEVER has anyone experienced what I did after an endoscopy!


Well, I'm definitely unique.  A very strange and unusual case to say the least.  (See Why Am I Not Posting Recipes? Because IT Has Started Again!)  


Why be like everyone else.  That's no fun.  I mean, hey, I get to see GISTS, almost daily.  My big outings these days are to GISTS!!!!!  (See I SEE GISTS - Many, Many GISTS)

To follow my incredible, exceptional, unique, mysterious story... (See Someone Asked Me Today How I Deal With...)

The saga continues...


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up!

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As I wrote in yesterday's post, I went for an endoscopy.  (See Someone Asked Me Today How I Deal With...)

Because of all my issues, they drugged me up with Benadryl through the IV before they gave me anesthesia.  All seemed fine when I woke from the procedure.  


I brought my own bottled water and rice cereal because I knew I couldn't consume anything they offered when I woke up from anesthesia. 

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When I got home, I was really loopy still from the effects of the combination of anesthesia and Benadryl, same as last time. (See The Time-Censored Light Switch).  I dozed on and off but was speaking fine from the moment I woke up in recovery.


I sat out back by the pool for a good hour, until about 8 p.m., with my mom and sister and we chatted up a storm as we watched the dog swim!

For some odd reason, I couldn't sleep last night.  I think the Benadryl may have first caused me to be drowsy then caused me to be hyper.  I went to bed at 5 a.m.  When I woke up at 8 a.m. to use the bathroom... I HAD NO VOICE!


I had to text and write notes to my husband.  He immediately grabbed the discharge instructions and called the number.  He told them that I had no voice, my throat was slightly swollen and I felt some phlegm.


Stony Brook is great, but it's BIG and BUSY.  We were told if we felt it was serious we should go to the ER immediately.  I had no serious symptoms and didn't want to take up doctors' time when there are patients who really need the ER. Not to mention, every ER visit is about 8 to 10 hours in these here parts, no matter the hospital!

There was no fever, no bleeding, I could breathe ok, I could swallow.  I just couldn't utter a sound.

We chose to wait for a call back from the doctor.  My husband called again after 2 hours.  They had a nurse call us back about 40 minutes later.  He/she said this was unusual and she was putting a call into the doctor who did my procedure. We thought that had already been done!


We waited another few hours.  My husband called a 3rd time.  He was concerned, as was I.  In the meantime, my phone accidentally dialed my niece.  She called back.  She happens to be a Physician's Assistant.  

My husband told her what was going on.  She said she didn't think it was anything serious, to drink warm liquids and wait for the doctor to call.  She also gave us the warning signs to head to the ER.  

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I drank my formula warm today twice.  (See My Third Visit With the Extraordinary New Doctor May 9, 2017)

My husband was concerned but also cracking jokes, which is good.  It takes the edge off.  Oh, he was having a field day with this one! 
  • There really is a God he texted to his cousin.
  • He sang Silence Is Golden to me!
  • He said he was going to take the doctor to dinner.
  • He cracked jokes with my dad (the two of them are always in cahoots) and they got a good laugh over the whole thing. 
  • He asked me if I wanted to sing a duet with him.  
He had a ball all day.  Now... he's finally quiet and amusing himself like a good boy!  


The doctor finally called 5 hours from our initial call.  She said this is a very strange occurrence, but then again, everything about my case is strange.  That's the whole reason for doing the endoscopy and biopsy! 

She seems to feel this is a delayed reaction to the anesthesia.  I'm no doctor, so, I'm going by what she's saying.  She said to give it a day and if I still don't have a voice by tomorrow, to go into the office.  


I'm wondering if having Hashimoto's has anything to do with this?  This is just a wild guess on my part, I honestly have no clue.  (See Dealing With The Issues Associated With Hashimoto's Disease) I just thought of that now or I would have written that down for my husband to ask the doctor.  She knows my entire medical history, and she didn't mention that, but who knows.  


Remember, we don't know what IT is, so anything that is put into my body can be causing a reaction. The issue is involving my neck and throat after all and there is swelling.  Not as severe, but, it did mimic IT.  However, losing my voice is a first.  (See IT Struck Again Last Night - What Is IT????)

It is now 9:18 p.m. and I still have no voice.  My throat is still a bit swollen but not as bad.  


I was able to eat chicken, green beans and a baked potato for dinner.  Of course all measured and logged into MyFitnessPal.  (See Why I Love MyFitnessPal And The Most Fun Way To Burn Calories!)

So... we shall see.  I hope I have a voice tomorrow!  


To top it off, my dad put down fertilizer in the yard.  It's horse manure.  The dog rolled in it.  So the dog now smells like horse shit!  Lovely. 

Dogs and kids are the same.  They have a huge yard to play in, but they will get into the ONE thing they shouldn't.  Now my husband has to attempt to get her into the stall shower. Fun times I tell ya!

For update: (See Great News)

The saga continues...



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