Friday, March 12, 2010
So, I took my dad out to dinner last night for the Taste of Burlington, which is where a bunch of restaurants decide to set a fixed menu for a fixed price.
We ended up going to Ivanka's Downtown Bistro & Grill and my husband ended up coming with us, too. The restaurant wasn't the easiest to get in and out of for one person with rheumatoid arthritis, one person with a broken ankle and one person with a swollen knee because of all the stairs but I believe it was well worth it because it was very good and a very good value, too ($35 per person, which included appetizer, entrée, dessert and coffee or tea).
To start with, my dad had a Pear & Fig salad, which was chilled mixed greens garnished with fresh pear, sundried cranberries, candied walnuts, stilton cheese, drizzled with mission fig port dressing. My husband had the Peppercorn Shrimp, which was sautéed Black Tiger Shrimp in a Madagascar green peppercorn Dijon cream sauce over grilled baguette and I had a Cream of Broccoli soup with double smoked bacon and Gruyère cheese and they were all very good.
For the entrée, I had the 10 oz Veal Chop, which was lightly seasoned and grilled, topped with a wild mushroom hunter sauce, served with garlic mash and fresh vegetables. My husband had the Prosciutto Cordon Bleu, which was boneless chicken breast filled with Gruyère cheese and prosciutto, dusted with thyme scented panko crumbs, topped with a creamy garlic and spinach sauce, served with savoury roasted potatoes and sautéed mixed vegetables and my dad had the Gorgonzola Penne, which was mild gorgonzola fresh cream, sautéed leeks and double smoked bacon tossed with roasted walnuts and fresh penne.
Anyone hungry yet?
And, for dessert, my husband had the Bourbon Pecan Pie, I had the Crepe filled with warm hazelnut, fresh fruit, topped with whipped cream and my dad had the Berry Mousse.
And, my dad and husband both had coffee and I had a Chai tea.
I think it was well worth the $35 per person, don't you?
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
I was feeling pretty bummed this morning in light of this new diagnosis (thanks for all the support) but when I got to work, I heard the most awful news!
One of the guys that I work with had a serious accident with his snow blower. He was snow blowing out his driveway when something got caught in the blades and he figured that he could just kick it out (without turning it off). Unfortunately, his leg then got caught. And, the long and the short of it is that his right leg below his knee has been amputated and his left leg has been reattached and his right arm is badly broken. Not only was he injured but his 89 year old mother heard his screams and came outside to help him and she was also injured (not as badly).
So, you see, I’m feeling much better about my life now, although I feel sick about what has happened to John.
So, anyone with a snow blower out there, please, please, please turn it off if you have any problems with it BEFORE you try to fix it!
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
I went to see my rheumatologist yesterday and I told him that I didn’t think the Rituxan was working because I’ve been having a lot of joint pain for the last two months (ankles, knees, elbows and shoulders predominantly).
But, he said that my sedimentation rate (inflammation factor) was at 40 when I was first diagnosed with RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and now it’s at 5 so therefore, something is working and he believes it to be the Rituxan.
So, that’s the good news but it doesn’t explain all the pain I’ve been having so I asked him about it and he looked at some of my joints and didn’t see any inflammation and then he squeezed them and they hurt a lot! So, he thinks that I may have developed a secondary auto-immune disease, which is common apparently and this one he thinks is fibromyalgia, which is a syndrome characterized by chronic pain in the muscles and soft tissues surrounding joints, fatigue, and tenderness at specific sites in the body.
I can definitely speak to the fatigue. I’ve been tired for weeks and it doesn’t seem to matter how much sleep I get. And, I know that my shins are tender because whenever the cat stands on them when getting comfortable enough to lie down on them, it hurts so maybe he’s right but I must say I’m not thrilled about this new development.
Anyway, he’s prescribed me a low dose of Amitriptyline, which is an anti-depressant that is sometimes also used to treat pain.
And, then I’m to go back to see him in a month to see if it’s helping.
So, that’s that.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
From Best Health magazine:
"The weekend effect - To combat overindulging on Saturday and Sunday, pay attention to portion size, weigh yourself daily or at least Friday and Monday and watch your alcohol intake, which provides empty calories and lowers your food inhibitions. Researchers have found that people don't realize they eat markedly more on weekends, particularly on Saturdays, when they tend to consume more fat. Those extra calories slow weight loss."
Friday, January 01, 2010
Well, I just figured out how many days I exercised in 2009 and it's 253, which my husband says is good but I'm not satisfied with it so I want to exercise a minimum of 300 days in 2010. Of course, I'm not off to a good start because my back is achy today and I'm wearing my heating pad but if I feel better later, we may go for a walk.
2010 is going to be an exciting year for me with a few trips planned. The first trip is in February (Feb. 5th to 12th) to Jamaica with my Dad. We will be staying at the Rosehall Beach Resort. Here's a link to it:
And, then I'm going to be celebrating my 50th birthday in May so I'm planning a trip to Ste. Anne's Country Inn & Spa in Grafton, Ontario with my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and aunt-in-law. Here's a link to it:
My mum took me here once and we had a great time except for the spa treatments I received (massage & facial) because they hurt but the food was good and I loved the hot tubs, sauna and pool so I'm looking forward to going again.
I'm thinking we could book one of their cabins. I specifically want to book the Sentosa because it comes with its own personal hot tub but we'll see:
And, then it's my sister-in-law's 25th wedding anniversary so we have to plan something for that and it's my Dad's 80th birthday in September so we're planning on going to a resort in the Kawartha's for that.
I just hope that Jake (hubby) isn't laid off again this year so that we can afford all of this. Although, I've said that I could pay for my spa myself, if necessary.
Anyway, that's my exciting year. I just hope that I feel better this year than last year and that everything goes smoothly!
Happy New Year!
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