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Thinking about my MRI today

Thursday, January 15, 2009

My MRI is scheduled for 4:30pm. I am getting anxious about it. Partly because I am claustrophobic, but I am feeling better about that part of it since this time Dr.Basch gave me a prescription for some Valium to take an hour before.

I'm more concerned that after going through the arthrogram on my hip which showed nothing, that nothing will be found on the MRI of my spine either. It's not that I want to have something wrong with me, but the way I am hurting, I know something is, and I want to know. I want to know so it can be treated, and I want to get back into being able to walk around in a store without it making me hurt the rest the day, and to be able to do my workouts again. I can't even do too much housework all at once without it hurting.

Since Monday, the pain has been pretty steady and constant, without much relief sitting or laying down either.


When I quit working, I had big plans to finally get my whole house decluttered and organized. I knew with my health problems, even with not having to work now, I wouldn't feel 100% everyday, but I was hoping for a lot more "good" days than I've had in the last 2-3 months.

After the MRI, I see Dr.Basch on Tuesday, and I still have the EMG coming up on the 29th.
From my own research on the internet, keeping in mind I can't diagnose myself or believe everything I read, I think it's a good possiblity I have a pinched nerve. But if it's something worse, I am prepared to deal with it. I don't mean it would be easy for me to hear, but I feel I have to be ready to accept whatever the diagnosis will be.

Yesterday was kind of a wasted day. Besides the hip pain, I had a headache all day. Yesterday was the first day of our extreme cold weather, so I think that change probably brought on my headache. I just kind of sat around all day, and was on and off the computer. I was in my recliner late in the afternoon, and Timmy climbed up and laid up against my chest. At that point, I was feeling pretty sad and sorry for myself; I just held on to him and cried for awhile. I think he sensed I needed to do that.

After dinner, I got into pajamas and got into bed, and watched tv for the night. I was starting to feel somewhat better by then; at least the headache was finally gone. I also brought my crocheting in there and worked on that, got quite a bit done. Around 11:30pm I took my Ambien and went to sleep.

My hip is about the same today, but mentally I feel much better. Still kind of anxious, but not as depressed. The sun is out today so I think that is helping too.

This is my Timmy.

  
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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 1/17/2009 9:23PM

    Timmy is adorable.

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INNERPUPPIE 1/16/2009 8:48AM

    From what I have read, it might be that you have sciatica. I had the hip pain but then, untreated, it went down my leg and into my foot. What a pain, hehehe! The worst thing to do is to lay around. The more you do it the worse the pain gets. Try a little heat and a good soak in the tub. I, too, hate MRIs...UGH!

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PINKPADDLERJUDY 1/15/2009 2:41PM

    Dear Shari
You're probably getting ready for the MRI as I type this. I hope that they can figure out what the problem is. Maybe you just need to turn into a snowbird & skip the nasty winters!
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PMCFARM 1/15/2009 2:33PM

  I am very glad that your are writing more & letting go of some of your feelings and frustrations. Cats....a subject very close to my heart! As frustrated as I am when they boss me, they are such a comfort when I need personal unconditional love. Can't live with them (when there in a snit), but certainly wouldn't ever live without them!!!!! MarilynC emoticon

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Recipe: Banana Pancake for One

Thursday, January 15, 2009

This recipe is from Taste Of Home Cooking For 2 magazine.
It makes one huge pancake! I actually got 2 servings out of this; I cut it in half and saved the other part for the next day to reheat in the microwave.

BANANA PANCAKE FOR ONE
1/4 cup plus 1 TBSP all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 medium ripe banana, mashed
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Maple syrup or spreadable fruit, optional

In a small bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Combine the banana, egg and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

Pour batter onto a hot griddle coated with cooking spray; turn when bubbles form on top. Cook until the second side is golden brown. Serve with syrup or spreadable fruit if desired.

Nutrition info (for whole pancake without syrup or spreadable fruit) 323 calories, 6 g fat, 57 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 12 g protein.

  
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PINKPADDLERJUDY 1/15/2009 2:42PM

    This sounds great! I love recipes for 1 or 2...
Judy

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Recipe:HG ROCKIN' & CHOPPIN' TACO SALAD

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Another recipe from the Hungry Girl Cook Book.
I made this last night and it's great!
Instead of sprinkling the taco seasoning on top of the salad though, I mixed it in with the chili.

HG ROCKIN' & CHOPPIN' TACO SALAD
makes 1 serving

3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
2/3 cup low fat vegetarian chili
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup shredded fat free cheddar cheese
2 TBSP fat free sour cream
1 TBSP chopped or sliced black olives
6 baked tortilla chips, crushed
1/4 tsp taco seasoning mix, dry

Prepare chili as directed on package. Set aside.
Place lettuce in a large bowl. Top with tomatoes. Add chili and cheese.
Top with olives and sour cream. Then finish off by adding crushed tortilla chips and sprinkling taco seasoning on top.

286 calories, 3.5 g fat, 920,g sodium, 42g carbs, 12g fiber, 7 g sugars, 24 g protein

  
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TERRAPININK 5/30/2013 2:55PM

  Cannot wait to try :)

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Recipe: Upside-Down Shepard's Pie

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

from Kraftfoods.com

UPSIDE-DOWN SHEPARD'S PIE
makes 4 servings

3/4 lb. new potatoes
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup Kraft Tuscan House Italian Dressing and Marinade
1 lb. extra lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 cup frozen corn
1 tomato, chopped
1/3 cup 2% milk shredded Italian three cheese blend

Heat oven to 450F. Microwave potatoes and water in 2 qt. microwavable oven proof casserole on HIGH 10-12 minutes or til potatoes are tender. Let stand 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat dressing in nonstick casserole on medium-high heat. Add meat and onions; cook and stir until meat is browned. Stir in corn and tomatoes.

Drain potatoes; return to dish. Flatten with bottom of small cup or bowl; top with meat mixture and cheese.Cover. Bake 25 minutes or until casserole is heated through and top is golden brown, removing lid after 20 minutes.

If you don't have frozen corn, substitute frozen peas instead.

Per serving: 360 calories, 14 g fat, 29 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 270 mg sodium, 29 g protein, 5 g sugars

Note: I used Zesty Italian dressing, and substituted Ground Boca Burger for the ground beef. I made this last night and it was great!

  
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JDMROSA 1/13/2009 1:54PM

    I saw this recipe last week and have it on my to-make list! Glad to hear it was good! Maybe I'll put this on the menu for next week.
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Recipe: HG Cinnamon French Toast

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

From the Hungry Girl Cook Book

CINNAMONLICIOUS FRENCH TOAST
makes one serving

3 slices light bread (40-45 calories each with about 2g fiber per slice)
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute
1/2 tsp cinnamon, divided
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 no-calorie sweetener packet

Combine egg substitute with vanilla extract and half of the cinnamon (1/4 tsp).
Use the egg mixture as an egg wash, and dip your bread into it.
Cook bread over medium heat in a pan sprayed with nonstick spray, flipping after a few minutes.
Once both sides are brown, plate'em, and sprinkle with sweetener and the remaining 1/4 tsp cinnamon.

195 calories, 1 g fat, 535mg sodium, 32g carbs, 8 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 19 g protein

  
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XSUNSHINEEE 1/13/2009 12:22PM

    Yum!

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SMLANNING36 1/13/2009 11:32AM

    Yummy, that sounds wonderful. I'm trying this weekend!

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