Friday, March 24, 2017

Update on test results, Spring work

In my last blog, I made reference to some testing that I was undergoing and tried to be funny about my comments when wakening.

I found it difficult to describe my symptoms to my doctor so it might not make sense here either.  For about six months I would occasionally  have this episode where I would be looking at normal things like the hall way in my house, my bed, or what ever.  It would look different, extremely clear and immediately I would feel very nauseous.  Never vomited. I would also feel fear for no reason. This would happen twice a day then not for three weeks.  I felt silly even going to my Nurse Practitioner about it.  After having my esophagus and stomach checked she referred me to a Neurologist, who ordered an MRI and EEG.  The MRI came back negative and the EEG showed what she described as sharp waves.  She said it probable is a mini seizure.  This can manifest  itself as a sharp smell, movement of your figures and many other things, like me seeing something extremely clear. Really weird, I know.

I have been prescribed a very low dosage of anti seizure medication.  So it is not anything serious, just annoying.  I am happy to have it checked out and know it is not serious, but should just be addressed because it could cause some problems after years if let alone.

Thank you to those who voiced concern.

My daughter and son gave me money for my Christmas gift to buy some trees.  The nursery sends them when it is time to plant them.  They arrived last week and we had a couple of days of snow after they arrived so I stored them in the wood room in the basement.  But the weather improved and hubby helped plant them.  Each is one branch with a stake to keep it upright.  They are flowering Bradford Pear (non edible) but are beautiful in three seasons.  


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Testing and food

Today was my day to get some testing done at Cleveland Clinic. At the end of the EEG I had fallen asleep.  When the woke me they asked questions to determine how oriented I was.  I was asked what day it was, the names of the Great Lakes, five states that start with M and who is the president of the United States.  I almost failed the test on the last one.  I said something like, "I know who it is but don't want to say his name."  but finally did.  I am sure the women giving the test were just shaking their heads.

In a week I will get the results and give a report. I don't think my problem is real serious, but may need addressing.  We will see.

On Sunday I am hosting my third dinner in a month.  I am taking notes of what I make as I want to have a couple good "go to" menus that I can use in the future. The first was Chicken Marsala with rice, roasted carrots and steamed green beans with nuts.  The second was also Chicken.  I made Chicken Cordon Bleu.  This has  rice pilaf,  vegetables and a lemon cheesecake for dessert.  Both are keepers. Both of course had a salad to start as well as dinner rolls.

This Sunday I will be making my first Prime Rib dinner.  We want to tell some friends thank you for things they have done.  I did warn them that I have never made Prime Rib before but they said they would be good sports.

As I have said many times, "It is great having guests for dinner.  I end up with a clean house and a great meal."  Usually we have leftovers too.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Treatment update.

On Wednesday Gerry had his out patient procedure where radioactive seeds were implanted into his prostate.   He had finished the five weeks of radiation treatments three weeks previously.

A friend has a  house five miles from University Hospital that is vacant.  We stayed overnight there, then got up at 5 a.m to be at the hospital at 6:30 a.m.  By 3:30 p.m. we were on our way home. Everything went smoothly, although we were both beat by the end of the day.  Gerry is very confident with the doctor he has chosen.

The weather was extremely windy that day.  When we arrived home there was no electricity.  We drove 5 miles to a neighboring town were we had dinner.  Not knowing if the electricity problem was resolved, we spent a couple hours at the library.  All was well at 8:30 p.m. when we arrived home.

This is the before picture.  Sorry, Gerry I just had to include it because you are make such a fashion statement with the matching hat and gown.  In case you haven't guessed, Gerry's attitude has been very upbeat throughout all of this.  It has barely slowed him down.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Better the second time around!

What a great meal.  Salad, chicken Marsala, roasted carrots with thyme, green beans with roasted pecans, rice, dinner rolls, orange cake, and wine. 

The best part is no effort on my part except popping most of it in the microwave.  

These are the leftovers from a dinner for guests last night.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Two Birds that remind me of Andrew

 A week ago when walking in our woods, I came upon these three Bluebirds.  They were in a tree close to the Bluebird houses that are out there.  There are two of them.  They were made by Andrew.  I quickly went online to read information on when I need to clean them out.  It said by March 15 at the latest.  Since they are too tall for me to reach, I rode the four wheeler out there and stood on it. There are two nails to remove, then take out the old nesting material, followed by a spray of bleach and water.

As usually happens, when I stood there touching the bird houses, tears were running down my cheeks.  I have another memory of Andrew that has to do with birds.  One Christmas Renee Michelle gave him an app for his laptop that had bird calls on it.  He and I went to a county park where we hiked.  He played some of the calls.  The only birds we could get to come to us were Cardinals.  Now when I see a Cardinal or Blue Bird, I think of him.  That brings a smile to me.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Update from the Goertzens

The other day I asked G if he could straighten the shelves on this shelf in the basement.  "Always the engineer" he came up with this to pull the shelves up from sagging.  I don't think there is anything he can't repair.  I use that phrase, "Always the engineer" frequently when talking with him, sometimes in awe and sometimes in frustration!    He has a solution for every problem.

I am using the KonMari method to sort and edit everything in the house (mine not G's of course) and needed the shelf space to do that.  More on that project in another post.

He has completed his five weeks of radiation treatment for his prostrate cancer.  We are really grateful to have good treatment within driving distance.  It took about four hours to drive round trip and get the treatment.  It hasn't slowed him down.

This week we bought a camper.  It is a 2012 model and is in great shape except for a water leak on the roof, which will need to be repaired.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Winter, but thinking of Spring

I will start with a picture I took through the screened window because it is cold and windy.  This is the view out my dining room window.  I just put up the bird feeder yesterday, but the birds have not found it yet.  I think I have all the garden put to bed.  The garlic is planted and has come up about two inches. It is now covered with straw.  The asparagus is cut and also covered.

When I was in the garden at the end of the growing season I came upon these seeds.  They are like gold to me.  I saved and dried three of these pods, which I will share with our local park district. They have a program to plant milkweed to give food for the Monarch butterflies.  They are having a difficult time surviving from lack of these plants.  (I will save a few seeds for myself to plant.)

Gerry just shook his head when he saw what I was doing and how excited I was about finding them. To him they are just another weed.  You can be sure that when we have some visiting Monarch butterflies next year I will point them out to him.