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.
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!
Monday, November 04, 2013
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!
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!
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?
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.
Prosecution: Yes, but you snuck frozen corn and peas in didn't you?
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. . .
Prosecution: It doesn't matter! You took what could have been a perfectly healthy dish and murdered it!
Judge: It seems as though you did not commit this heinous act maliciously. Do you have anything to say for yourself before sentencing?
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.
Judge: Jury, what say you?
Jury: We the jury find the defendant- GUILTY of being a high carb food!
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!
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!
Chicken soup, just as in real life- ignorance is no excuse for not obeying the (LC) law.
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