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Posted by Melissa
May 25, 2011, 11:40 AM
A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.
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The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.
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Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen
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I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.
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245 Points

Mother has a recliner in addition to the cot/couch in the room. So, she can get her feet up even though she doesn’t lie down on the cot. I took her some canned tuna salad and chicken salad kits which include crackers an a plastic knife to spread the salads with. I also took her some little microwavable soups that have a sipper top on them, also some Belvita oatmeal breakfast biscuits. She also has a sack of hard candies. So, she has some items to snack on if she gets peckish during the night. I know the nights are long. She doesn’t really sleep at home so the hospital is just an additional complication.

People in a hospital here regularly have a family member sleeping in. They are provided with sheets, pillows and blankets for the in room cots.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 25, 2013, 08:36 PM report to moderator
231 Points

Senior moment: was reading when I looked up at the alarm clock and was shocked to see it
was 5:52 in the afternoon. Forgot that I was looking at a reflection of the digital clock in the
mirror. It was only 2:25.

Posted by ironsos on September 26, 2013, 04:43 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Good evening!

More overtime for me tomorrow. I wishwishwish they’d let me go over 39 hours. There are so many hours up for grabs, and they won’t let me go onto time and a half. I’d pick up as much as I could…….We can pay the mortgage this month, but I’m not sure how we’re going to eat! It’s going to be another 5 weeks before my DS gets a full months salary.
My overtime money in this months pay has already gone… School outings for both offspring, and a piano exam for daughter. I was relying on having that in reserve!

My Mum, having been talking on and off about retirement, has pretty much been forced into it. She saw her pain management consultant the other day, and, as well as advising injections into her back that have a 75% chance of relieving her pain somewhat, has told her that her back cannot cope with the demands her job places upon it. He has told her she will not be wheelchair bound as a result of the injections, but she does need to stop working. So, this is it. He has written a letter to that effect to her employer. You all know what she does, it’s not like finishing an ordinary job, and I am a little worried about this change. She is looking to retire in January/February, after working out her notice.

Lady Hawke, what news?

Posted by asti on September 26, 2013, 04:53 PM report to moderator
923 Points

Asti Bread, potatoes, pancakes and Yorkshire pudding have always been used by thrifty housewives as “belly fillers”. Large potatoes are always available at this time of the year, but they are probably cheaper bought loose instead of packaged. They feel right at this time of the year, as do soups and stews, and porridge for breakfast.

Sorry to hear that your Mum is living with back pain, is this injury or something else?

Lady Hawke How are your parents today, are they coping well with this unfortunate turn of events?

Posted by Graymayne on September 26, 2013, 06:00 PM report to moderator
245 Points

We were required to apply to three skilled nursing facilities. This morning I received a call from the one where my MIL did her rehab following her broken hip. They were taking the final steps toward accepting my father. The case worker the re needed to come interview my father at the hospital.

I had gone out for groceries after I took my daughter to school. Since I didn’t take my mother grocery shopping yesterday there were things we had to have. I almost always pick up some things for myself while shopping for my mother, but not yesterday. I had to have some milk as well as a few other items. Fortunately, I was finished with the groceries before I had to head to the hospital to meet with the representative of the rehab facility.

After the interview we were asked to come to the facility to fill out papers, lots of papers. My mother was very upset and full of anxiety. Although this is a rehabilitation facility there are a lot of people there who are permanent residents. So, there is an air of boredom and despair evident. There was no odor of urine. It smelled clean but it was very institutional. My mother kept saying my father wasn’t going to want to be there, that he might refuse. I kept telling her he HAD to go there. He HAS to go there in order to be able to go home. Otherwise, he will immediately end up in some similar place permanently.

He is in the last room at the end of the hall in the bed next to the window. Those at the end of the hall are the temporary resident rooms. They have two 32 inch (81.3 m) flat screen TVs mounted on the wall, one for each person. There is a small padded armchair for each person, a cupboard with a hanging closet and two large drawers for each person as well as a bedside table.

There is a large dining room where he will be expected to eat his meals as well as a common room with comfortable furniture, game tables, a piano and a larger flat screen TV.

My mother and I believe my father will spend most of his time not in therapy behind his curtain in his side of the room. My father is not unfriendly but he is quiet by nature and cannot hear well in any situation but particularly badly in large open rooms with lots of noise and lots of conversation. We met his roommate, another elderly man, pleasant, but seemingly even quieter than my father. They will probably never speak to one another.

My DS and I went to a shop and found a set of wireless headphones for my father to use with the TV on his side of the room. He will be able to use them to block out the sound from the other television and be able to watch without conflicting with the other TV.

I will make sure he has a selection of books in his room. My father does not do much more with his day than eat, read, sleep and watch TV at night. He can do those things in this room but it won’t be home and my mother won’t be there at night. Daddy feels safe in the familiar surroundings of home with my mother. Even though they are in an apartment which is new to them he is still surrounded by furniture that has been with them their entire marriage. His mother’s furniture is there. His mother’s things are on the shelves. In some respects he spends his time with the same things he has had around him his entire life.

We were encouraged to come and get him to take him out to a restaurant on weekends as soon as he is far enough advanced to make a trip out.

When we arrived back at the hospital the orthopedic consultant came in. He wrote orders that my father can immediately start weight baring therapy. There will be no bed rest. The fracture is so small it was almost invisible on the CT scan. It is in the front of the pelvis and not in the weight baring area in the back. He said the injury will be completely healed within 12 weeks and will no longer be painful in 4 to 6 weeks. He told my father it will hurt to walk but each time he walks on it the pain will lessen. So, pain isn’t good but the news he can immediately start therapy is good. The doctor said as soon as he can make to the bathroom and take care of his needs there he can go home and go back to outpatient therapy.

ASTI, I loathe being in such tight situations in regard to money. You feel so helpless. It is so hard to choose between necessities and all those field trips that put your children on the same level as the rest. I’m sorry your mother’s back has reached this point. In your mother’s profession I would imagine it will be extremely difficult to retire unless she removes herself from the district entirely. Even if she is officially retired I know there will be people who will still attempt to draft her into service. Did the doctor ask her permission to write and send this letter to her employer?

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 26, 2013, 10:21 PM report to moderator
231 Points

43F (6.1C) and light rain. A little chilly.

Posted by ironsos on September 27, 2013, 02:21 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Good evening!

Gosh, I might go on about wanting to work more than 39 hours, but I am tired tonight! I’m looking forward to my weekend off.

Graymayne, very good tips, all of which I already employ!
I do think I am quite a savvy shopper. I know what is on special offer, (and, because of my job, know what is about to be on offer!!) and plan our meals around those offers, cooking batches for the freezer to take advantage of bulk buys. I use less meat now, and bulk out with more vegetables……for example I made chicken curry tonight. I used one chicken breast for 3 of us, (cut up small, no one notices,) and threw in some frozen spinach, which they assumed was coriander!
I always make a list, and stick to it.
I can make Sunday’s chicken last ’til Tuesday. Being a lover of cooking, I quite enjoy the challenge of finding new ways to use up leftovers, whilst still feeding us healthy food. A good thing too………this month is going to be tricky!

Lady Hawke, in the nicest possible way, I hope your Daddy HATES the facility! That way, he’ll be motivated to get up and around, and get back home. I am glad it is not a severe fracture, and he shouldn’t need to be there long. Both your parents will find it difficult. And how are you?

Lady Hawke and Graymayne, my Mother has always had a bothersome back, which has worsened with age. Her spine is severely twisted. She discovered massages a few years ago, which give a very visual improvement to her stance as well as helping a lot temporarily, but these are expensive.
When she retires they will leave the village, and the house that comes with the job, and move back into the house where I grew up.
She had to give permission for the consultant to write to her employers.
I haven’t spoken to her directly, but we swap emails most nights. She’s been muttering about retiring for quite some time, and actually seems quite energised and positive about it. I know they are both dreading the process of moving, but at least the house is already there and they can do it bit by bit, stress free.
My Dad’s main concern is how the cats will cope, lol!!!!!!!!

Posted by asti on September 27, 2013, 04:25 PM report to moderator
1884 Points

Asti Try not to stress too much . As thrifty as you are, I am sure you will be able to cope. You might have to fix things that are not your favorites but will strech. The time will pass. It is always hard when you start a new job and have to wait to get a full paycheck.

I am fixing buttered potatoes. white beans,and corn bread for supper tonight. I will eat this with something additional added for several days. I might fix some frozen corn too. This use to be considered a poor man’s dinner but even when I could afford higher priced foods, I discovered that I prefer my beans and potatoes.

Posted by Cool G on September 27, 2013, 05:00 PM report to moderator
106 Points

CoolG undoubtably the simple comfort foods can be the best. I love baked potatoes, and my Dad, who had a very impoverished upbringing, still really enjoys bread and dripping.
My DS and son are currently watching Stephen King’s The Dark Half. Have you seen it or read it? It’s not one I know.

Posted by asti on September 27, 2013, 05:13 PM report to moderator
923 Points

Asti Yes, I thought that might have been a case of sending coal to Newcastle, lol. I will be taking my own advice in view of the cost of electricity and the fact that I feel the cold despite all the layers I wear. I showed my DS the price difference between wrapped and loose vegetables today in the supermarket. He was rather shocked.

Coincidentally, there was an item on cooking Yorkshire pudding on The One Show this evening. There was a demonstration and competition somewhere in York, I think. I shook my head in disbelief at the monstrosities that were being turned out. A proper Yorkshire pudding is cooked in a meat-roasting tin and only the sides rise. The base should be quite crispy after being cooked in the hot dripping and the centre is much more substantial than when cooked in bun tins. You really know when you have eaten it, unlike the airy-fairy over-risen versions that are churned out today. That is the whole point of the exercise!

Lady Hawke I prefer the sound of “a slight crack” to “broken”, you must be very relieved. I just hope that the nursing staff are pleasant and tolerant and respectful to people of a much older generation.

Posted by Graymayne on September 27, 2013, 07:42 PM report to moderator
857 Points

Lady Hawke I’m sorry your father is back in the hospital, but I am glad you are getting them a monitored system. Are you getting signal devises for both parents? What types? I have seen necklace type devices and wristwatch styled devices. Of course, neither device is particularly stylish and they are strictly single purpose devices. I am also heartened to see that his injuries are no worse than they are. They could have been so much worse and he could be facing a much longer and more painful recovery. ;)

I do agree with Graymayne that Little Hawke is old enough and mature enough to do some of the laundry. Even if you start it, she should be able to add fabric softener or move it into the dryer and hang or fold the finished clothes. If she is not ready for clothes, she is certainly ready for sheets and towels. They are almost impossible to mess up.

If Little Hawke or Sir Hawke just ran the vacuum over the main paths through the house, it would save you until you had time to do a thorough job. Dustiing works about the same way. Perhaps tat way you would feel it is okay for you to sit down and rest some while you are home, at least until you are not making three or more rehab center runs a week. ;)

Asti Hang in there, it will get better. Can your DS request one weeks advance on his salary? He has already worked longer than that and they would not be risking a payout without return for the money. They have already had the benefit of his labor. ;)

I am glad that your mother will be able to retire and be in familiar surroundings. I hope that not working will allow her to be healthy enough to enjoy her retirement. Being able to sit when you need to is a great back reliever. Much better than having to remain on your feet, in pain, because of the requirements of your employment. (I know this from experience.) ;)

Well the antibiotics for the sinus infection have had the expected side effect on other parts of my body. I finished the course of antibiotics yesterday, so today I had to stop at a pharmacy for an otc treatment. I bought the same product, at the same strength that my doctors used to have to write prescriptions for me to use. And at about a fourth the price it cost as a prescription med. ;)

Off to make my list for errands. The DS has worked all week and will be working all next week, too. So he has not been able to make the weekday errand runs he usually takes care of. As a result, we will probably need to head in separate directions and run some of the errands alone then meet to do the things that we both need to get done. Like get haircuts and get our nails done. ;)

Aloha! ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 27, 2013, 07:50 PM report to moderator
245 Points

I am copying and pasting an email I sent out earlier today. I am too tired and too lazy to write all this again. I wrote this email between 5 PM and 6 PM today. I called my mother about 9 PM and my father was transferred back into bed about 7 PM and has been sleeping hard ever since. So, here is my copy and paste.

. Things are going very badly here at the moment. My father had not had a bowel movement since before he came to the hospital so yesterday afternoon they gave him laxatives. He was uncomfortable all night and then his bowels started moving in a large and terrifying way for hours. The nurses were afraid of putting the toilet out of commission and it did. He was exhausted, no sleep and lots of stress. When shift changed for the nurses at 7 AM his blood pressure was 200+/something. He was having some pain so she gave him a BP med and a pain med that were on his chart “as needed”. What she didn’t know was he has wildly fluctuating BP and it can change moment by moment. We normally just wait for BP spikes to take care of themselves.

After daddy was given the meds his sleepless night kicked in and he was out. About an hour later the breakfast service was brought in and they asked his name. He was barely able to come conscious enough to answer. They left the food and Physical Therapy arrived and insisted he get out of bed and move to the chair. He had passed out by the time his bottom hit the seat. They screamed at him and slapped him in the face but couldn’t rouse him. They ran for a nurse and she couldn’t bring him out of it. She took his BP and it was 70/40. The charge nurse was called and they decided he was not slipping. They worked at him until they could wake him enough to make him squeeze their hands to make sure he hadn’t had a stroke and the checked the dilation of his pupils. They decided he needed to sleep it off while they watched the BP closely. It gradually rose during the day.

The nurse called the pharmacist as she was so upset about what happened. He told her the drug the nurses are allowed to administer as needed can precipitously drop the BP of an elderly person on one of the meds my father is on. She followed procedure, did the “right” thing, just not the right thing for my father. We feel sorry for her. She is very worried.

As my father’s BP returned to normal, 133/77 the doctor on call said to go ahead and send daddy to the rehab place. This was happening as I went to pick Alexandra up. So, I called the school, told them what was happening and told them I was coming for her 30 minutes early. Driving to the school mother called to tell me they were getting him ready to leave. By the time I walked out of the door of the school mother called to tell me daddy’s BP was back down to 70/40 again and he was insensible again.

The nurse started calling the on call doctor who is covering for his doctor who is out of town and hooked daddy back up to the IV administering fluids. She called the doctor three times with no response. As daddy remained on the IV drip he has come more conscious again but the rehab place won’t accept him until the situation has been resolved. The nurse told us over an hour ago the doctor was “on his way”. At any rate, since the rehab won’t take him in this condition he won’t be going until Monday, no matter what the doctor has to say if he ever shows up.

This is the doctor who was on call for our doctor two years ago as I was trying to leave town for Florida to go to LeakyCon. Daddy had a surgery scheduled to have a heart monitor implanted. This on call doctor made rounds that morning and in heavily accented English said, “You doing fine. You go home today. I discharge you.” We had to say, “NOOOO!!! He has a procedure today.” The £@$¥@#& doesn’t even bother to look at the charts. The day he tried to discharge daddy prematurely was the only time we ever saw him but he was paid for rounding every day.

They haven’t taken daddy’s BP in an hour or so but it must be better because he is eating dinner and speaking sensibly. He was very much asleep when dinner arrived.

The nurse believes the IV drip is what is keeping him stable today. Every time she takes him off it his BP goes wonky. Maybe it is taking time to wash that BP med out of his system. At this point he is allowed no pain meds now.

So, it appears we are here for the weekend.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 27, 2013, 10:56 PM report to moderator
923 Points

Lady Hawke You do not have to apologise for cutting and pasting, we know how intense your life becomes when an elderly relative is being treated for health problems. I feel that your father needs to wear a warning bracelet or somesuch, re his BP instability, simply because he is an exception to the normal rule. I feel sorry for the nurse, but very cross with the doctor who has previously made bad decisions. He needs to be disciplined, he’s a walking disaster.

Posted by Graymayne on September 28, 2013, 04:19 AM report to moderator
85 Points

LadyHawke what a highly stressing experience for you and for your mother. I am praying for you, your dad and your mom.

I am slowly getting used to my mother in law being here permanently. It’s not too bad and she helps by doing dishes, sweeping and some cooking. Except on dialysis day when she goes to rest. My BIL takes her to Dialysis and I pick her up. So it has been an adjustment period for all of us. She has 10 kids and they all call her. She spends a lot of time on the phone with different siblings and then she gets calls from the grandchildren. LOL! She is like a teenager with the phone at her side constantly. :)

She loves watching Spanish TV and I am not used to those shows. The bad part is that if I want to watch something different I need to go upstairs to my bedroom. She has a TV in her room but she wants to sit with us. :( recording my shows is now my best friend.

I have an appointment to see the doctor on Monday. They will be setting me up for an exam to swallow a small pill sized camera. They are looking to see what is causing my low blood count. This pill will allow them to see what the colonoscopy and upper G exam has not revealed. It is a high tech exam and my local hospital is not equipped with this technology. I will have to go to the University Hospital in Chicago to get this procedure done. So wish me luck. I am hoping they find nothing but on the other hand I want to know what is causing the low blood count. Normal for women is at 14-16 I have it at a 7. At 6 they recommend a blood transfusion. They keep sending me to get my blood drawn to check on this. I keep thinking that they are removing the little bit I do have. :/

I feel weak at times. I am taking iron pills twice a day to help me. I am eating a lot more protein too. Some days I feel good but other days I can see how pale I am. I can barely drag myself to work. My principal keeps telling me to stay home but I can’t. I need my sick days in case I do have some illness and will need to stay home. I have in the back of my head the dreaded “C” word and I get scared. I went for a Mammogram the day before yesterday so I should get those results soon.

Enough of that!! We need to have a GAME OR MOVIE NIGHT. Let’s vote! You guys let me know and we can all agree on the best day and time. We have all been doing real life stuff for too long! Let’s get away from that for at least one weekend.

Posted by Madame Minerva on September 28, 2013, 07:06 AM report to moderator
85 Points

Do we still have our game night link at CC??

Posted by Madame Minerva on September 28, 2013, 09:26 AM report to moderator
245 Points

Daddy is not moving until Monday. So, we can continue to run Saturday errands and then, other than visiting tomorrow, there won’t be a chance of moving then.

MM, Friday or Saturdays are best but I know we won’t be around the weekend of Oct. 11, 12, 12.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 28, 2013, 02:35 PM report to moderator
245 Points

MM, I pray all your tests go well and provide useful information to help you feel better but reveal nothing ominous.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 28, 2013, 02:36 PM report to moderator
857 Points

Aloha, y’all!! ;)

Just a pop-in to let you know that I’m still kicking. ;)

Lady Hawke and MM Rest every chance you get! Neither of you can afford to get any more run down than you are. MM I assume it’s your red blood cells that are low. My white count is very high, but still lower than the highest it has ever been. My red cells are very healthy, but they are abnormally small. No doctor has ever hazarded a guess as to why my blood cells are so small. ;)

I haven’t been to Ya for quite a while, so I need to head over there. ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 28, 2013, 04:40 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Good evening!

Today’s tea was about 150g of braising steak that I had in the freezer, made into a sort of hotpot with thinly sliced layers of potato, onion and tomato. I poured some beef stock over it to provide a sauce and keep it nicely moist. I might have put a bit too much garlic in, and I did unfortunately overcook the cabbage that I served with it, (amateur mistake, I am ashamed!) but it was very delicious. An adaptation of a recipe that has been a favourite for a long time

Lunch was something I do quite often when I have the weekend off. I popped up to the local bakery to buy a large bloomer loaf, and we ate some of it with cheese and apple quarters. It has been snacked upon throughout the afternoon and there is more than enough for lunch tomorrow too.

Deanie, I’m delighted to hear you’re still kicking! I hope you feel substantially better soon.
My DS recieved a partial salary from his old job, and on Monday, will get some money from his new job. Normally, his salary covers all the bills, and my substantially lesser pay goes on food and kids stuff. This month, I will need to contribute a fair few £100 to pay the bills.
It is also an expensive month for us. Son is 17 in a few weeks, and we also have our theatre trip to London, which was my birthday gift…… extravagance by my DS at the height of our problems, that we couldn’t afford, but at a time when he was trying stupidly to prove how much he loved me. The trip is paid for, but we still need spending money.
I very much believe my Mum will, after an inevitable adjustment, enjoy her retirement. She says she is excited about the possibilities. There is a ridiculous amount of stress and pressure connected to her job, you wouldn’t believe half of what she’s been through, and I think she’ll be able to fully relax and enjoy herself properly for the first time in years. My fears from my post a few nights ago have completely gone. Now it is a reality she can look forward to the future.

Lady Hawke, has his BP now stabilised into what is normal for him? I do hope that you were right, and it just needed to be flushed out of his system.
When is your regular Doctor back?
I am glad for your Mother that she can stay with him, but I hope for all of you that he can go to the therapy centre asap.

MM, I am glad to hear from you! I can well understand that the adjustment period is not easy. But I do think you need to put your foot down about the TV programmes. It is your house, and she is there on your invitation. She probably doesn’t even realise her programme choices are causing problems, it’s just her routine that she is used to. But you should not be banished from your own sitting room.
I also think you and your DS make sure you have time just to yourselves too. I understand her wanting to be with you, but you need time as a couple.
Does your BIL still live with you too?
I am thinking of you and your health, as I do always. Do come back as soon as you can and let us know. Make sure you take care of yourself, and try not to worry too much. xx
And I think a Game Night would be a terrific idea!

Graymayne, I remember from my time in Yorkshire, that the Yorkshire pudding is a far more important part of the meal than it is here in the South. And I am dreading having to turn on the central heating!

Posted by asti on September 28, 2013, 05:51 PM report to moderator
85 Points


I also have ELMO visiting me. :D

He arrived with a snazzy soccer ribbon ready to be the soccer game mascot. He is adorable. Although he finished all my bananas already and refuses to eat rock cookies. I told him that the Headmistress, Felipe and LadyHawke all tasted them and liked them. He does not trust them.

Ah well more cookies to fling at the “yung uns”. :D

Posted by Madame Minerva on September 28, 2013, 11:58 PM report to moderator
923 Points

Asti I feel that you might enjoy Atlantis which screened on BBC1 last night. I have just watched it again on BBC iPlayer and didn’t find myself irritated by anything; the scenery is stunning, the costumes seem acceptable, the lead is pleasantly personable and the light touch of humour between the three friends who seem to be the main focus seems very well-judged and plausible. Try it and see what you think.

Posted by Graymayne on September 29, 2013, 08:19 AM report to moderator
245 Points

MM, I have sent you an email. I have lived through the MIL in the house and the TV struggle. It is not easy but you do have to very gently and politely take a stand. Otherwise you will never be comfortable in your own home.

The hospital is monitoring my father’s BP. They are taking it in a variety of positions. This is a condition that only occurs while he is in the hospital. I wonder if it has always been associated with the administration of this particular drug when they have observed a spike in his BP. It takes him a few days to recover from each episode.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 29, 2013, 09:51 AM report to moderator
106 Points

Good evening!

Yummy roast chicken tonight, with lots of leftovers.

Lady Hawke, any further news? Do you think he’ll get out tomorrow?

Graymayne, thanks for the recommendation! My DS recorded it, and they watched it tonight. I half watched it, and will be able to pick it up if I get the chance. It does look beautiful.

MM, I hope you enjoy!!

Posted by asti on September 29, 2013, 04:21 PM report to moderator
102 Points

hellooooooo leaky! Lady Hawke prayers to your father for his recovery, and to you and your mother and family for a smooth transition!!

asti mmmm roast chicken, can you owl some over here?

Graymayne thanks for the tip re Downton Abbey starting there. I’ll have to avoid the TV and entertainment sites to avoid spoilers. It starts here in January!

MM good luck with the adjustment of having your MIL with you, it sounds like you’re doing a good job!

Not much on my end. I’ll be lurking…

Posted by Hufflebug on September 29, 2013, 04:59 PM report to moderator
245 Points

My father seemed much more himself today. He was alert and participated in the conversation.

We had a very satisfactory dinner tonight. My daughter’s doctor handed us a diet last week. We have all bought into it to a degree. We aren’t eating anything in front of our daughter she can’t have and I’m coming pretty close to following it entirely. No bread of any kind, no potatoes of any kind, no pasta, nothing made of grains, no sugar. So, that has left us meat, veggies, fruit, dairy products (cheeses, but no milk to drink) and nuts. So, it has been a bit of an adjustment, especially since we have been at the hospital so much.

I made dinner before I headed out on our errands and hospital run. I had some ground turkey which I browned with ginger and garlic paste, some red chili sauce and more garlic with a few dashes of low sodium soy sauce. Then, I cooked sliced onions, sliced mushrooms, thinly slice carrots, and a red pepper in olive oil, also with ginger/garlic paste, red chili sauce, more garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil added. Then, I added the ground turkey back in.

I purchased a package of small romaine lettuces. I prepared two of them, probably fifteen or twenty leaves in each of them. We used the lettuce leaves as wraps for the turkey and veggie mixture. We added fresh basil and drizzled ginger/garlic dressing on them. We built them ourselves as we ate.

I liked it well enough that I did not feel deprived. We also found we can use the small romaine leaves to eat hummus.

Hi, HUFFLEPUFF. Thank you

I just heard from my mother. The doctor was there. As long as we have a good night and things are okay tomorrow my father will move to rehab.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 29, 2013, 08:28 PM report to moderator
245 Points

They had a bad night at the hospital. My father’s BP went up to over 200/something. He was in pain all night and the BP kept rising. They had to call the doctor in the middle of the night.

His regular doctor has returned from his weekend out of town. I arrived early enough to speak to him this morning. He says my father will remain in the hospital until they get his BP under control.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 30, 2013, 09:45 AM report to moderator
857 Points

Last work lurk for awhile, probably. Tomorrow the Affordable health Care Marketplace opens and we will get many, many calls for the first few weeks. We cannot help them with it, since GA is using the Federal program, but they will call us anyway. ;)

Aloha until I can come up for air. ;)

Posted by Deanie on September 30, 2013, 10:58 AM report to moderator
106 Points

Good evening!

Tonight’s Austerity Tea was an other recipe adaptation. I used left over roast potatoes, meat and vegetables to make a sort of stew, with a sauce of chicken stock, creme fraiche, dried tarragon and wholegrain mustard. It worked really really well, and all I had to buy was the creme fraiche……75p!

Lady Hawke, I am sorry to hear that, but am glad he is now back under the care of a Doctor you know and trust. I hope you have better news tomorrow.
And your minced turkey meal sounds very tasty. How does your daughter feel about her new foods……I remember she has been a fussy eater in the past?

Huff, a bowl of tonight’s stew is winging it’s way to you! I hope the owl flies steady and doesn’t spill any sauce……… It’s good to see you, xx.

Good luck, Deanie!!

Posted by asti on September 30, 2013, 03:46 PM report to moderator
1884 Points

My daughter called me around 11 AM to ask me what I was fixing for dinner. She said she wanted biscuits and gravy. So I fixed potatoes, mac and cheeze, pork chops, gravey and biscuits . I could tell by how the gravey was cooking that it would taste delicious. It has been a long time since I cooked a meal like this. It was delicious. I have enough left overs for dinner tomorrow. It seems that what little I cook now turns out good. I think it is because I do not think how to cook it. I just let my sub concious do the cooking.

Posted by Cool G on September 30, 2013, 06:04 PM report to moderator
245 Points

ASTI, My daughter is not fond of this new diet. Her very limited food choices have become even more limited.

We had our leftovers from last night and the daughter is eating leftovers from the previous night.

My daughter went to school dressed as Harry today. Her friend went dressed as Draco. It is another Spirit Week but this one is quiet elaborate. Today was Dynamic Duo; tomorrow is Zombie Day. I know she has to dress as an old person one day. She gets to go to school in pajamas one day and one day is Spirit Day which will mean wearing purple and gold again.

Most students will only bother with Pajama Day and Spirit Day. Only the students who really enjoy costuming will bother with days like today, Zombie Day and Old People Day.

COOLG, I don’t remember the last time I made gravy for biscuits. My DS used to want chipped beef on toast but I don’t think I’ve made that in at least two or three years. I’ve never made homemade macaroni and cheese either. My mother never made it. She says her mother made the world’s best macaroni and cheese and since she knew she couldn’t make her mother’s she just never made it at all. So, neither have I.

Posted by Lady Hawke on September 30, 2013, 09:09 PM report to moderator
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