Sunday, July 31, 2011
We had four tenths of a inch of rain last night and two tenths this afternoon, but in between I did get the grass cut. It was a little wet, and I had to clean the mower deck half way through, but it's done and looks better.
This evening I made the dark chocolate Sorbet - just water, chocolate, sugar, and vanilla, and the BW almost swooned. She thinks it would satisfy anyone's chocolate craving. We each had a bowl and there's a little less than a quart in the freezer. Next time I'll try the same recipe with Splenda instead of sugar and see what her reaction is - the batch is 162 calories per half cup, and most of that is from the sugar. Obviously I could make chocolate ice cream, or chocolate ice milk the same way with the same recipe, but the calorie content would be even higher - especially with heavy cream. The Sorbet is extremely chocolaty - like Hershey's special dark, but no fat.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
I need to cut the grass tomorrow - and it's hot and wet and miserable, so I'll get up early and sweat a lot. We walked past the Palm Harbor University High School the last couple of days, and they have four days set aside next week, one for each of the four high school grades, for doling out lockers and parking permits. It has been odd to look at those hugh parking lots with nothing in them, but I guess that will change soon. The summer break doesn't last nearly as long as it did when I was a kid, but I suppose not many of these kids work on their relatives' farms.
Friday, July 29, 2011
I walked the dogs two and a half miles this morning, almost all north and south, and got home not long after the sun came up. My thermometer read 65 degrees, and the paper's prediction was for a low of 75. I guess being close to the coast gives you your own microclimate, because often my measurement is either higher or lower than the extremes the paper predicts. We had a good start to the day.
Then I did some sparking, and picked up Jack and John B. for lunch at Tiffany's. We had a good discussion on a lot of things until Jack expressed a different opinion on the debt ceiling - and John and I disagreed fairly strongly. Years ago we had one strong rule in the bar after work - we never discuss politics or religion. We'll have to be more careful in future.
Dr. Falla called with the results of yesterday's tests - basically everything is OK except for the blocked carotid artery - and Dr. Zuzga will tell me if I'm in trouble Wednesday. Falla agreed that I might have built my own bypass for the blocked artery, but it's up to the surgeon to suggest treatment. I'm working on a list of questions to get answered - just in case. I want to understand what will be done, why it needs to be done, what other choices are available, and how things are going to go before I sign up to anything. I won't be doped up this time.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I don't know how to spell it, but Granita is maybe different, but maybe the same as Italian Ice. It's just sugar water and flavoring - maybe lemon, maybe berries. I never claimed to be perfect - in fact one of my old sayings was "rextine - you dumb XXX!" Of course you can figure it out, but I don't want to be reported to the monitors.
I used brown rice (four cups of water, half a cup of maple syrup, a teaspoon of vanilla, and one cup of cooked rice). It took a long time to cook it so the rice got softer, and the BW decided to blend it afterward. After it was chilled we tried it out after supper, and the tub was full over the top in less than 10 minutes. It is soft serve, so I put it in a plastic container, which is now in the freezer, and we'll see how it works later.
When I saw my internist the last time, he told me to go have a ultrasound of my carotid arteries, because it had been a long time since the last one. I didn't hear anything for four weeks, so I finally called his nurse on Monday, the 11th. They had been clear the last time I had it done, so I didn't think much of it, but I had read that you should always call for results if they don't call you after a test. Anyhow, nothing happened for a week until this week, when he called me and said it looked like there was a 98 pre cent blockage on the left side, and the normal protocol was the follow with a MRI. I asked if that was OK with a pacemaker, and he said no - they would do a CAT scan with contrast on me. Fortunately my kidney is working OK. Anyhow, I had the CAT scan last Thursday.
This morning Lorraine called me, and even though it was his day off, he got the news and called her. There really is a 99 per cent blockage in the rear left carotid artery, and I also have an enlarged lymph node in my neck. I had to show up tomorrow morning for two cat scans because there were also enlarged lymph nodes. So they look at my neck again and my chest. I asked Lorraine if I really needed four arteries to the brain (I didn't even know there were two on each side) and she said yes, you really do. Anyhow, I get the scans and take copies to the first available surgeon (of three choices) which is next Wednesday. I don't think you can put a stent in a 99 pre cent closed artery, and I'm not too keen on having my neck cut open, but it seems as if my internist is excited about it. I also have to find a substitute for the second day of the save driving class, which is more hassle.
This is the fourth time when I get to wonder whether I am a short timer for a while. I can't go back and not be a smoker, and I can't go back and live a cleaner life. I loved those ham and cheese omelets, steaks, and prime ribs, the chili, and the chips and dip. Now I'm stuck with the same body.
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