Sunday, February 19, 2006

Summer Dreams

Third time's a charm, so they say.  We shall see as I've lost my entry twice due to this bomb freezing.

The above tag is from the fabulous D's personal journal.  This and that, and hockey!  If you visit, please be courteous and respect D's requests when snagging.  She is so very generous with her tags.  A little courtesy toward her requests is little to ask.

For the history behind this tag, here is the link to the entry Thoughts of Summer.  The background was from a photo that D was permitted to use and add to.  A lot of time and effort from more than one person went into this piece.

I have a pork roast in my oven right now.  Megan was longing for a home-cooked meal.  Yesterday, we spent Mama and daughter time together.  We ate at an authentic Mexican restaurant with fabulous food and unbelievably inexpensive prices.  We went at 3 because by 5, on any given day, it is filled to capacity and then some.  Then off to Walmart we went to restock all her health and beauty thingies.  No my budget wouldn't permit it.

My BF called last night to see when I was taking Megan back to school.  She has to leave at 2 this afternoon which is why dinner is cooking.  He seemed a bit crushed when I mentioned the pork roast.  He had a ham marinating in his special honey, molasses and brown sugar concoction.  Bless him....he had a special meal in the works for me.  Ham, broiled parmesan potatoes and his wonderful receipe of baked beans.  Hey...I'm adaptable and no food goes to waste in this house.  I'm stopping at his place on my way home.  He is not a big fan of the nicer restaurants because he prefers simple food.  He was feeling bad about not taking me out to eat anywhere special for Valentine's Day.  Food from the heart means far more to me than a trip to a restaurant.

BRRRR....I put up D's graphic because I'm longing for some summer heat.  It's above zero here now but still a deep freeze.

Joey is having nausea problems that haven't gone away.  I was blaming it on the flu bug but think differently now.  His gallbladder problems 4 years ago started this way.  They continued long after his gallbladder was removed.  He lived on rice, fat-free saltines and cup o soup for almost two years.  I took him to a chiropractor who does laser accupuncture.  It's all computerized and quite amazing.  He was eating everything within 2-3 months.

My worry and his is celiac disease.  It is genetic and an auto-immune disease.  I did call his GI specialist this past summer who assured me it wasn't celiac although he had never had the blood test for the antibody.  I insisted on a script.  Joe wasn't suffering any symptoms so I filed it away.  He is getting a blood test this week.  It is much better to find out early and nip this in the bud.  Megan's was far advanced and had already destroyed her thyroid and she has osteoporosis in addition to continual vitamin deficiencies, which are improving slowly.  The thyroid never will.  The bone density seems to be returning slowly.  Keeping my fingers crossed but if positive, we will deal with it.  The treatment is wheat, rye, barley and oats out of the diet totally forever until a cure should ever be discovered.  He never drank at all but started enjoying beer occasionally a few months ago.  He can only take a sip of beer now and the nausea is bad.  Beer is absolutely the biggest "no-no" for those with celiac because it is loaded with malt and hops.

Megan's doctors also suspect that my mother has celiac and not Crohn's disease.  She is 87 and stubborn and absolutely refused to even consider a blood test.

Becky and I are both negative at this point in time although are told we need to be tested every two years, as this can pop up at any time for unknown reasons.

I'm off to pay my Sears bill...not much on it and darned if I didn't forget to pay it when I was at the mall this past week...ugh  I think I'm just going to pay this off and be done with it.  I'm slowly paying off all these little nuisance credit card bills that add up over the month.

By George, I think I got my entry made. Will wonders never cease?  See, Mom, I'm learning to be patient.

Keep warm all of you in these frigid parts of the country.  Think is coming but not nearly soon enough for me.  HUGS!



lv2trnscrb said...

that's a beautiful tag from D's. She does great work! I definitely would have Joey tested for sprue or H. pylori (the infection that causes ulcers). I can't believe the doctor wouldn't have tested him knowing it runs in your family.


nightmaremom said...

Chris, great entry it is extremely cold here too.  Right now it's about 17 with a windchill of -1.  BBBbbrrrrr  Getting socked with lake effect right now too.  MMMm pork sounds wonderful.  We're doing 'sgetti and meatballs with garlic bread.  Been so long... it sounded good.  Get everyone tested and keep us posted on the outcome of tests :)

jckfrstross said...

yes get him tested:) you know when i had the flu i was nauseas for 3 weeks even today i still don't have much of an appetite, tea and crackers help i eat but nothing tastes good Hope joey can feel better soon:)


thegirlnexdoor77 said...

Wow!  wht shows up in that blood test?  My dad was told he had an immune disease and so was I.  I have been tested for everything and they come up with RA atlast.  however my dad was had no use of his legs or arms for almost two years and now I wonder if there is not something more to my delima than RA.  I think since he dont know what he had and they could not figure it out maybe this might have been his problem.  My son has a GI problem they gave him meds about a month ago.  Never looked at the problem he was gonna have surgery but was only two at the time and the specialist wanted to wait and now no one seems to think it nessasary that he be looked at again.  What is wrong with doctors today.  TerryAnn.

queeniemart said...

Yes, what a beautiful tag. I love her tags because she puts such feeling into them. I didnt know your family had the troubles you have with the celiac. I had never heard of that. Glad to know you will be well fed today by your BF! Thats love, when a man cooks for his lady!! Its so cold here in Ohio. Yuck.
Hugs and love, lisa jo

pennietoonz said...

Chris, I hope all goes well with your kids and the health issues. You`ve got so much going on yet you manage to stay upbeat. Bless you!
How nice of your BF to cook for you. :)
Love ya honey,

xxroxymamaxx said...

That must be so hard for you to cook without using all those natural ingredients.  I just can't even imagine.  Although my daughter Cindi is allergic to oats, but only in large quantities, so we have to be a little careful with that. And that's a beautiful tag.  wish I were at the beach too. lol  GBU, Shelly

shayshaydc said...

I'm looking forward to summer to!!! Hope Joey's test turns up negative!!! I hope he feels better!!!