Another good week.
The doctor’s appt went well and he’s graduated to doing clinic just once a week. That’s really great. His labs all look good and the prednisone is controlling the diarrhea. I’m pretty sure it was a mild case of Graft vs Host in the gut but it’s under control now. He will slowly taper off the prednisone next week.
I used the IP again and made polenta and the next night did chili. I guess as long as it’s under my Heywood Cabinet and not taking up real estate in the kitchen, I’m okay using it for certain recipes. Polenta in the Instant Pot is particularly good if you haven’t tried that. When you made polenta on the stovetop it is hands-on stirring for about 30 minutes. So this is a really great way to make it and it is very creamy. I put it in a loaf pan and chill and then cut in slices and fry with a little tamari and then I top with cheese. So I’m glad I didn’t just get rid of it without giving it some time. Time is an amazing thing!
I’m going to Costco this morning for a few things and to bring my receipt where I was double charged. I feel kinda weird about it but I’ll try.
We’re adjusting to life without Bonnie. Rocky seems better than at first. He’s getting a lot of attention, so that helps.
I finished a few really excellent psychological thrillers by Dana French. ” In the woods” and ” Broken Harbor”. She’s a great writer but the stories are dark but compelling. I also picked up a few books at the book exchange at the Cancer clinic. First, this is a terrific idea to have a bookshelf for patients to pick up books and drop off. Kiwanis house has quite a few bookcases thru out their facility and I definitely used them. So I picked up Ernst Hemmingway’s ” A moveable Feast” which was published posthumously. I ‘ve never really like Hemmingway’s stuff but this was really great. It’s a collection of essays about when he lived in Paris in the 1920s. I would highly recommend it. It is a masterpiece of writing. I’m interested in going back an rereading some of his other books.
I dropped off about 8 books including some very new books I had bought but really didn’t want to keep. Flylady’s new book “CHAOS” was one. And some others too.
We received the first Cobra insurance bill and it’s a whopper. Part of the bill still has our son on for medical, but that will come off as of 9/1 when his Kaiser Permanente kicks in so there will be another very large bill in August as well. Big as in $1200. Yes, that’s big! But then it should drop by about $600, I think… we’ll see:(
It has been a lovely couple of days just doing ‘normal’ stuff around the house and getting back to some daily routines.
I’m back going to the gym and my muscles can feel it. Especially doing weights. I’m also trying to keep my steps or walking over 6,000 a day. My legs can feel that too. But it is necessary.
I’m also back to menu planning and cooking. The other day I did a lovely roast chicken and also a crock pot pulled pork. So leftovers are in the fridge ready to be used.
Thursday I went to Costco and spent a lot but much of it was bulk coffee( 2 2 1/2 lbs bags), toilet paper, paper towels, lots of non-food items.
My big splurge was buying the Dyson animal on sale. I had decided a while back that my old vacuum, a mighty mite, was going to need to be replaced, but what? This vacuum is handheld and cordless and hangs on the wall. That’s a big plus, as our closet is small enough and the vacuum sits on the floor. I’ve used it 3 times and love it. But since I bought it from Costco if in a few months I don’t love it, I will return it.
I’ve been reading a great deal which started down at the Kiwanis house. I’m loving the MCBeaton books and interestingly enough they are not cheap, even on Amazon. The two I found were from the clinics waiting rooms where there are some bookshelves of books for patients. I’ve taken a few and have a nice stack to return. Oh yeah, the Kiwanis house had multiple shelves of paperbacks and I found some good ones there too. I might stop in and bring some there too.
Next week is already filled with doctor appts. Tuesday, my daughter will take B down for his labs and clinic. Wednesday I see my doctor and I didn’t want to have to drive two days in a row.yAll in all, life feels like it’s almost back to ‘normal’:) Probably, that won’t be really true for a long time but at least it is better than B getting transfusions and platelets every few days.
Well, it has been a good week overall.
We are very fortunate that someone is going to lend us an RV so we can park at the Kiwanis house after B is released from the hospital. We are very grateful as it is a beautiful RV. So at least that part of everything is set up. Plus it keeps us out of a hotel and that is great.
We will need to buy a few things as we don’t want to impact the owner’s stuff too much. We’re thinking our own sheets and some outside lawn chairs.
B’s CT scan was all good except for some more bladder stuff but he went and had a urine test and that was all good so who knows what that is. So all the tests are good.
We meet the transplant doctor this week to finalize everything. I think I’ll go to the coop first and then we can meet the doctor.
Our weather has been beautiful and continues to be so.
May is really one of the loveliest months here in Northern California.
We’re out early again today for B to get platelets. I went to the gym and now I’m at Flour Garden writing this and drinking a coffee. When we get home I’m planning on starting the kitchen zone and do a few things maybe not all the kitchen zone. It’s also sheet day.
I finished reading the Madame chic books( the first 2) and I enjoyed them. I don’t think they’re for everyone and some people probably wouldn’t like them at all. I liked the inside look at Paris and the culture. I’ve been trying to find them at the used bookstore for about 5 years with no luck so I finally bought them off amazon.
Next Sunday is Mother’s day which I always get breakfast made. But we’re also going to celebrate our son’s graduation from CSU Sacramento and our daughters birthday since B will be in the hospital for both. We’re giving Z money and S will get a new Kindle that she wanted.
Dinner is street tacos since it’s Cinco de Mayo!! Plus some guacamole.
An absolutely beautiful day. Slightly breezy but so nice.
We did a sunrise walk in the park and it was very nice even though there was a crowd of Jesus people there for a sunrise service. Plenty of room for everyone.
The Canada geese couple has babies and they are so cute. The white goose we call Mother goose is their adopted nanny as she is a domestic goose. Go figure. Heck, why not? She seems happy.
lThen I’ve been cooking for a nice dinner. For Easter dinner or Spring celebration we always have southern fried tofu, with a homemade tartar sauce, plus potato and macaroni salads. This year I pulled out a turkey breast I got at Thanksgiving and have that going on the BBQ. We’ll probably eat a few bites of that. Plus I’m using up some chicken broth I defrosted and am making a Greek lemon soup. We’ll just have that tomorrow or later in the week.
B had his chemo at 8 am so we were out the door early. I came straight home (it’s only about 1o minutes when there’s no traffic on a Sunday) and then our son drove out to get him.
I did the bedroom zone for you Flylady( ers ). I washed the windows, dusted and tidied up. I also dropped my spider plant and the pot broke and got dirt all over so I had to stop mid-stream and clean that up.
Sunday is sheet day so they are done and back on the bed. As I’ve said before we only have one set of sheets and I really like that.
This coming week does have quite a few appts, but I think we’ll glide thru. My oncologist appt was canceled as my doctor will be out of town so really that makes it easier for me rather than going to downtown Sacramento twice. I’ll probably hit Costco if the coffee gets low( that’s usually the reason I have to go) and then everything else gets thrown in.
I think I’ll go read some before turning the turkey on the BBQ.
Hope it’s a nice day for you out there, whatever you do.
Dubbie Johnson was the winner but she hasn’t contacted me yet, so I’ll give her a few more days and then draw from the remaining 3 comments.
Is # 3 on my comments.
Dubbie Johnson you’re the winner. Can you email me your address?
I’ll mail it out tomorrow.