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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I had a rough weekend but am feeling better now. On Sunday I was fine, got up had breakfast, took a shower and was starting my day when I got THE WORST headache EVER. It was sudden, there was no building- I went from fine to not fine in an instant. Needless to say the hub was more than concerned despite the fact I was still walking and talking normally. He rushed me to our local hospital where they gave me every conceivable test- MRI, CT, Blood, urine and lumbar puncture- I spent 13 hours in the ER before they finally admitted me at 9:00 PM and then it was another 3 hours before they got me in my room! As it happened, I had viral meningitis, where that came from we have no clue. I'm feeling much better today and am at work- I got sprung in fewer hours than I spent in the ER- go figure.

I'm going to write a detailed letter to the hospital administrator though pointing out a few serious flaws in what transpired over the weekend. They hooked me up to an IV so they could get the first round of blood and give me pain medication (and anti nausea meds) and presumably fluids. My mouth got really dry and my lips were chapping so we asked for a cup- a nurse assured us one would be right in. An hour later hub went and got one. I only took a few sips at a time because my stomach was not at all well. They gave me more rounds of meds and I was in and out of machines and still no IV fluids- the connection just dangled around my wrist. I'm thinking that before I get anything further I need to eat- they won't feed me till they know what it is I have- FINALLY I get a bag hung and some fluid in. A doctor tells me the blood work came back and I had more white cells then I should but I'm dehydrated- ya think? And proceeds to tell me I need to drink more fluids.

Since it was late and hub was tired- I told him to go home, I'd be fine, I would be moved soon and he had already gone home and gotten a few things for me. Once again I was left alone wondering what was going on. I rang for a nurse and was told it would be soon, like 15 minutes. After 45 I put on my own pajama's and snuggled down in my cot.

I eventually get to my room and although I've answered the same questions 4 times already (the triage nurse, the ER nurse, the ER doc and the admitting doc) they spend the next 30 minutes asking when it started, what was I doing, had I had a headache before blah, blah, blah. She asks me now what sort of menu I prefer- I tell her LC of course. Since I was a late admission I didn't get the actual fill in the blank menu, just a note passed to the kitchens telling them of my wishes. The next morning, I get this:

I'm tired but fine- I'm only here for .75 of the day because I have to go waste more time at the hospital having some blood work done to make sure the meds they gave me don't ruin my kidneys.

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NEWKATHYNOW 2/20/2014 7:33PM

    What a weekend you had! No hospital experience is ever really good because no one really wants to be there; but that is terrible! And to add insult to injury that "Low carb" meal is a serious joke! I sure hope you feel better! One of my friends at work got meningitis and had the same horrible sudden onset headache!
I had my PET scan test done this morning. What treatment therapy happens next depends on the results. If it has not been found anywhere else then it's just radiation. Otherwise we'll be making some other treatment plans. I see the doctor next Thursday. Thanks for all the support and well wishes!

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WANRAS 2/20/2014 4:20PM

    Checking in to see how you are doing ? Hope you are feeling better !! emoticon emoticon

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MJEFFERSON23 2/19/2014 8:52AM

  Low carb, my big Aunt Fran! Do people even listen? Is this why they call it, "practicing" medicine? Sorry for your hard time, feel better soon!

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EXOTEC 2/18/2014 8:09PM

    Well... I guess you could eat the ham, at least.
I totally commiserate with you. I was in rehab for 3 months, and even with daily admonitions and sendbacks and special requests from the posted menu... I still got meals like this. I had to resort to having my DH just bring me some things I could store in the patient fridge -- which naturally got stolen by other residents!
So sorry for your experience. I hope they can find some reason and prevent more of the same. Meanwhile - put together an "emergency pack" of food!

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CINDYTW 2/18/2014 8:06PM

  I hope you feel better soon! My Mom was in and out of the hospital a lot and had Celiac as well. They commonly sent her toast and oatmeal for her "gluten free" meal! SMH!

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NAYPOOIE 2/18/2014 8:03PM

    Holy carp! That was the most amazing "low carb" meal I've ever seen.

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EDDYMEESE 2/18/2014 7:53PM

    Sorry you had such a bad experience...I find that in those kinds of situations I'd rather just have someone say "sure, I can get you that, but we've had an emergency come in so it may be a bit longer than expected". At least then there is some communication. Or maybe telling you "we won't be putting you on fluids until all meds and tests are administered, since the fluids can alter lab values".

Communication, people!


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LUCYSUNFLOWER 2/18/2014 5:43PM

    Good grief, that was no way to spend a weekend!! And it sounds like the "treatment" could have been worse than no treatment... Gads. I very glad you're okay and hope that you never do that again.


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WOUBBIE 2/18/2014 4:18PM


Oh my gosh - thank goodness you had DH to help you. Pity the poor people who don't have another set of eyes watching out for them.

But as to that tray. BWAHAHAHAHA! Death By Insulin Spike!!!

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DAARCY 2/18/2014 3:59PM

    Your hubby did the right thing! I hope you feel much better soon. Make sure and take things slow and easy for awhile. emoticon

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NOWYOUDIDIT 2/18/2014 3:33PM

    Oh my! How frightening! So glad you are going to be o.k. What a horrible experience there too! And THAT is low carb- LOL!!!
Get Well soon!

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This week's groceries-

Friday, December 27, 2013

I have salmon, chicken and venison in the freezer- I have tuna, onions, celery dressings and peanut butter in the pantry, eggs, cheeses and leftover roast beef from Wednesday. I need to get a few shrimp. To this I added:
1 Dole pineapple in juice (1.65)
1 Kikkoman soy sauce (4.59)
2 cans of Herdez Verde sauce (1.59 ea)
a box of Swanson broth (3.19)
a bag of Fresh Express cole slaw (2.49)
a bag of store brand frozen peas (1.76)
a bag of store brand frozen corn (1.76)
a box of Fresh Express Organic salad (4.49)
1 cauliflower (4.96)
.66 lb mushrooms (3.24)
1 iceberg (1.99)
3 colored peppers (11.96)
1 romaine (2.29)
a box of cherry tomatoes (5.99)
1 cucumber (2.49)
3 carrots (1.16)
1 sweet potato (2.05)
1 zucchini (.84)
with tax it's 63.08

I would have gotten the regular medium hot house tomatoes and no peppers had I been the one shopping but it is what it is.

With this I am making:
Dinners: Chicken tacos, veggie kabobs & shrimp kabobs (separate), fried rice (loads of veggies, eggs and a bit of chicken), peanut chicken lettuce wraps, fish & sweet potato (with salad) and Buffalo wings with a salad and celery sticks.
Lunches will be leftovers for the most part, but I will use some of the Buffalo chicken for a wrap, the roast will go on a couple of salads over the weekend and leftover kabobs will go on an Asian slaw. I'm going to make some vegetable soup as well so I have some hot, fast food in the event I can't cook for some reason.
Breakfast will be scrambled eggs with a sauteed vegetable, a tuna melt on sliced tomatoes (planned on cutting the little things in half and sticking under the broiler), and a frittata.

I should still have food leftover stuff that I can turn into something or have for breakfast. The fresh stuff was a bit higher this week than I'd wanted- again, if I were shopping, I'd have shopped for what was on sale.

Next week when the hub is home, I'll have to fill in with things like potatoes, pasta and rice to fill him up- if he went LC our bill would double. I'll also go for some ground beef, and chicken thighs for him.

This is going to be difficult!

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SKATER787 12/31/2013 4:46PM

    OMG, where do you shop? Don't tell me it's Whole Paychecks :)

Learn how to make sauerkraut. That's what I'm doing. With that and grow some sprouts like kale and broccoli and mung. You don't need much more greens. Garlic and onions should be the foundation and they are cheap. Once you have your own kraut and mung sprout, you can cut back on the others. You'll have what I called the Four Horsemen (Garlic, Onions, Kraut, Mung Sprouts)

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LUCYSUNFLOWER 12/28/2013 1:09AM

    I was thinking your prices are much the same as ours until I got to the three peppers - yikes! I get a pack of three at Trader Joe's for $3.99... (Making a mental note to add that to my gratitude list!)

If you lived closer to me I'd beg you to cook for me too! It all sounds delicious!


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HOUNDLOVER1 12/28/2013 12:18AM

    Lots of veggies, that's great. Maybe if you buy some more seasonal veggies the price can come down? I assume that peppers are not in season where you live and tomatoes probably not, either.
Peas and corn are too high-sugar for me.
You could try out some leafy greens like mustard greens, collard greens, kale, all available frozen, also leeks, mushrooms

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AKHEIDI 12/27/2013 10:19PM

    The peppers were organic...

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NOWYOUDIDIT 12/27/2013 7:44PM

    YUM!! Am I invited?? Please-please-please!! emoticon

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WOUBBIE 12/27/2013 5:35PM

    Sounds delish, but OUCH, some of your local prices are downright painful, especially the peppers. Whoosh!

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A Cost Comparison: Budgetmaw/Me

Monday, November 04, 2013


$132.46 $170.07

2 heads of iceberg lettuce at $1.18 per head - $1.69
1 jar of ranch salad dressing, for $1.39 - $2.59, store brand
4 pounds of carrots for $1.48 per 2 pound bag - $2.5 2 pound bag
a salt and pepper combo pack for $1.27 - couldn't find them on any receipts
2 8-oz packs of cream cheese for $1.29 each - $1.66 this wk on sale Philly!)
10.24 pounds of hamburger for $1.99 per pound - $2.98
5+ pounds of country style pork ribs for a total of $8.83 -$3.99 per pound (baby back) $2.39(chops)

5.49 pounds of split chicken breasts for 99 cents per pound - $2.39 per pound
1 pound of sunflower seed kernels for $2.50 - don't eat them
a head of cabbage for $1.49 -.89 per pound
a jar of chili powder for 64 cents - couldn't find it in a receipt or weekly ad, I think it was about $3 for one of those standard jars
3 pounds of frozen broccoli for 99 cents a pound $1.50 for 15 oz store brand if you buy 2
1 pound of frozen spinach for $1.58 -$1.50 for 10 oz for 2
1 head of garlic for 52 cents - can't find it on a receipt or ad, I think this time of year it's less than $1.00
1 jar of cinnamon for 64 cents - no clue, I have a big jar and haven't bought it for a while
4 cans of tomatoes for 59 cents each - $.99 store brand
8 cans of green beans for 49 cents each $.90 for Green Giant in the ad
10 dozen eggs for $1.29 per dozen $8.33 about $1.68 per dzn
6 pounds of onions at $1.49 per 3 pound bag - $.89 per pound
4 cans of tuna at 69 cents per can - $.89 for store brand
1 box of sucralose (100 packets) for $1.49 - not sure, I've had the same box for a while
1 jar of spicy brown mustard for 99 cents - $2.29 Inglehoffer
1 pound of butter for $2.49 - $3.78 Darigold

This stuff comes to about $103.45 (not counting 5% tax) and this doesn't count sunflower seeds, chili powder, cinnamon, sucralose. For some things a store brand will work, other times not so much- for instance I like the higher end salad dressings if I don't make my own. I can do store brands for canned and frozen veggies. I look at labels on things like the mustard since off brands can sometimes add cheaper ingredients (HFCS) upping the carbs.

I'm frugal but I honestly don't know if I could live on that without having to go to the dark side for fillers. Last week I cooked a turkey: about .69 per pound, 14 pounds ($8.26), I got 4 dinners, 2 lunches and a big pot of soup (1 big carrot, 2 celery, half a bigger onion, 8 oz mushrooms, thyme, sage, s & p). I got tired of turkey!

I'd be hard pressed to get mayo, cream, avocados, the odd fresh tomato, peppers, sausage, cheeses, coffee and a few other things I use a lot of. I would be thinner because I wouldn't be eating as much! Even if I double the allotted amount, my DH can eat that in a week, fortunately he eats 2 weeks worth of meals at work each month and at home he eats what put together which might not always be as much as he'd want or would eat if he could.

This makes me seriously think about my own gluttony and just how lucky I am that for the most part I can prepare and eat what I'd like. But it also makes me realize I could be doing so much better!

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AKHEIDI 11/5/2013 11:15PM

    I so agree! If the farmers would just start doing it, people would buy it. I raise my own chickens- none out there now because they were 3 and 4 and had become more mouths to feed, I'll get another batch this spring (they come from Iowa! So I have to wait a bit longer to get them) and raise them- there is nothing like a real egg! Although their food is horrendously expensive, they don't get much; neighbors will save veggie scraps for them and I give them eggs when I can. They eat the vegetables that are too far gone for people but not compost yet. They free range for about 7 months of the year and when we filet a salmon or halibut, or cut meat off deer or moose, I'll cook the bones and let them pick at them if I'm not making stock. With the coop cleanings, I make compost or mulch- I don't get much sun living in the mountains shadow, but I can grow lettuce, parsley, cabbage and such. Potatoes and leeks, root crops etc. grow at a friends house.

Personally I think we should all keep a cow, a pig and some chickens and raise veggies like in the old days.

Yes, it is expensive but there are ways to save money if you do coupons, shop sales, stock up on items when they are on sale so you have them. Like this time of year it becomes a game to see where the cheapest turkeys are and if you spend X number of dollars will you get one for free. They don't say it has to be food so if you get laundry soap, shampoo, cat litter and what not, you can get the bird. I'll get 4 and stick them in the freezer and have one every 3 months or so. Chicken stock, canned pumpkin and some spices are on sale now. Corned beef is March- I'll blanch the free cabbage and freeze it.

My problem is variety and time! If I didn't have to go to the S H everyday, the house would be clean, the garden would be nicer, the animals would be happier, I could do more with what I had- you all know that drill. What has this country come to? Kids are awful and in trouble and you can't discipline them. Can't say Merry Christmas. Moms have to work to help support the family. Geez, I sound like my mother, but that's a different blog.

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WOUBBIE 11/5/2013 2:58PM

    As Maw proves time and time again, you CAN eat low carb on a food stamp budget, but you CANNOT eat organic low carb on that budget. She is quite happy to use lard and bacon grease in place of stuff with soybean oil, but there won't be any coconut oil, or grassfed beef, or organic free-range chicken eggs.

I made the decision a couple years back to start buying a few things of better quality even when the budget was tight, because the sooner we ALL demand humanely-raised, organic meats and non-GMO organic produce the sooner it will become common and (hopefully) eventually less expensive.

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NAYPOOIE 11/5/2013 1:29PM

    Aren't things generally more expensive there?

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NOWYOUDIDIT 11/5/2013 12:37PM

    Even the "bad" foods are expensive now. And shrinking in size for more $$ :o(

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IAMBIZI 11/5/2013 9:44AM

    it is expensive to eat well.

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A hard weekend

Monday, September 09, 2013

Yesterday I had to say good bye to my baby boy for a year while he serves in Guantanamo Bay. there are far worse places to be, but it was still hard. He's never been more than a few hundred miles from home before- just while he was in school and every break he'd come home.

I know it'll get easier but this is harder than I thought it would be. I'm glad I was there along with his father, sisters and girlfriend. We all sent off his battle buddy also, his family couldn't make the trip.

Be safe my little boy.

Thank you to our troops!

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MSKRIS7 9/11/2013 9:28AM

    I have a whole family of them so I know where you are at.
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AKHEIDI 9/10/2013 11:47PM

    Thanks all-today was easier than yesterday emoticon

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NOWYOUDIDIT 9/9/2013 8:52PM

    He is becoming an amazing man that any mother would be incredibly proud to have! (((HUGS)))

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IAMBIZI 9/9/2013 8:25PM

    I am sure you are worried for him.

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WOUBBIE 9/9/2013 7:04PM


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BLUSHIOUS 9/9/2013 6:19PM

    My housemate is Army SFC; his brother is Army and currently deployed to Afghanistan; my former housemate is USAF Captain; one of my best friends is USAF Major; her husband is retired USAF K9 handler; I grew up near an air base; my friends, colleagues and I send packages to the troops every year.

God bless your son, his battle buddy and all of our troops! emoticon

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We the jury find the defendant GUILTY your Honor

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Prosecution: You've been proclaiming all sorts of health benefits to unsuspecting folks all over the world for years. What do you have to say for yourself? emoticon

Defendant: But I do contain many medicinal properties from folk medicine. Garlic is anti-viral and helps reduce blood pressure. Onions are full of polyphenols and there is only one small one, sliced very thinly. My carrots are full of vita in A which is good for eyesight, celery has antioxidants and some fiber, and mushrooms support the immune system. emoticon

Prosecution: Yes, but you snuck frozen corn and peas in didn't you? emoticon

Defendant: Yes sir, I did- that is the way I've always been made, mother and grandmother had peas and corn, and in those days they were fresh or at least they'd been put up when fresh for use later most of us don't have that option these days and there wasn't very much. . . emoticon

Prosecution: It doesn't matter! You took what could have been a perfectly healthy dish and murdered it! emoticon

Judge: It seems as though you did not commit this heinous act maliciously. Do you have anything to say for yourself before sentencing? emoticon

Defendant: I'm sorry. My vegetables and I do apologize to the many that have always held us in high regard. I do have many redeeming qualities but also a lot of carbs I hadnít thought about. I realize the error of my ways and am prepared to take the punishment the jury sees fit to give me. emoticon

Judge: Jury, what say you? emoticon

Jury: We the jury find the defendant- GUILTY of being a high carb food! emoticon

Judge: I sentence you to a 2 mile walk and not to show your face in this courtroom again if you know what's good for you, next time it will be a lot worse! emoticon

This is a true story although the dramatization (emoticons) was added for effect.

The "harmless" chicken soup we grew up on turns out to be not so good for the LC'ers. I'd been using a couple chicken and vegetable soup recipes instead of sitting down and calculating the version I most often make. While I was eating my soup, I decided (since I was at work) to actually log my recipe. Holy Mother Mary! That 1.5 cups of frozen kernel corn and that 1 cup of frozen peas (mostly the corn) added 77.5 grams of carbs! Now add in the carrots, onion and bouillon- my humble soup just became public enemy #1 with 34.5 g in each serving! This is before (darn I wish I had italics) any noodles or dumpling are added. Now add the 23 g (give or take) dumpling I had last night and I didn't just veer out of ketosis, I was propelled! emoticon

Chicken soup, just as in real life- ignorance is no excuse for not obeying the (LC) law. emoticon

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ADZY86 8/22/2013 4:18AM

    Ahh annoying aint it, the way it sneaks up on you! You think "it's just vegetables, how bad can it be"!!! emoticon

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NOWYOUDIDIT 8/21/2013 11:37PM

    It's hard to make sense of it- it looks so harmless! emoticon
They add up quickly! And their just veggies- right?!

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WOUBBIE 8/21/2013 6:31PM

    *sigh* Yup, they really do add up. Thank goodness I like spinach in soup stock!

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