Sunday, January 30, 2011

Jan 30th

Jess is just silly. Ad I am too lazy to flip this pic on it's side. So what did we do today. Got off to a lazy start. I made bread and chicken soup. Scott and Liam cut logs into rounds yesterday. Jess and Liam stacked it today. Liam stacked more in the garage so it's easy to go out and get. The hay we got a few weeks ago was stacked today. It was somewhat productive even it was a late start.

Bread resting on the counter before rising

 Soup starting on the stove

Bread set to rise, soup starting to boil

 Soup cooking merrily away, bread almost ready for second rising

 Wood in the garage

Covering the small stack out front

Jess and Liam finishing stacking the hay

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Life on the homestead. Well I don't really know if you can call it a homestead yet. I'm not raising my own animals for food yet. It's winter so I don't have a garden. No chickens, no cows, no pigs. No tomatoes, eggplants, peas. I'm still trying to make my own things. I did the hats. I made a scarf for myself. I want to take apart the denim rag rug I started and redo it. I just have to remember where I stuck it. Fri I made bread. Yesterday I took the two turkey carcasses out of the freezer and made turkey stock. Six cups in the freezer, and made turkey noodle soup with the rest. Today was made up a batch of sausage and scrambled eggs, and fried potatoes and onions, so Scott can make breakfast burritos when I'm not home in time to make him breakfast before work. More bread. And for dinner was bacon wrapped chicken thighs with mozzarella inside. I stoled the recipe from my friend Melissa. Her blog is here. She did a rosemary stuffing, but I'm not a fan of rosemary.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

All the damned tests came back FINE!!!!! No sleep apnea, no high levels of adrenaline in my urine. Thyroid is fine, all the blood work is perfectly normal. EKG was perfect, just too fast. Size, shape, function of the heart was perfect, just fast. No growths on the adrenal glands, both the same perfect size. Only I got the flu AGAIN for the fifth time in three months the day after xmas. No cough, no sore throat, no head cold. Just a high fever, uncontrollable shivering because I was freezing, and I hurt everywhere. And this time the gastric system decided to get involved. So my heart is fine, something else in my body is going haywire and causing it to beat too fast.Now they want to test me for cancer.............  /blank stare

I get the flushing. Sometimes I feel really hot, just in my chest, upper arms and face. I feel like a sunburn.

I have the gastric issues. Only a GI doc told me a few years ago, he didn't believe I had crohns disease. It doesn't go into remission for as many years as mine had.

I don't feel like I have asthsma, or difficulty breathing, I just fell alot like there isn't enough oxygen in the air I'm taking in. No matter how much or fast I breath, there just isn't enough oxy. And did I mention they put me on Singular, an asthma medication last month. I don't have asthma.

And I have the effing rapid heart rate. Enough that on this second medication, he wants to up the dose.

Carcinoid syndrome

The signs and symptoms of carcinoid syndrome depend on which chemicals your carcinoid tumor secretes into your bloodstream. They may be triggered by alcohol, stress and heavy exercise. The most common signs and symptoms of carcinoid syndrome include:

    * Skin flushing. The skin on your face and upper chest feels hot and changes color — ranging from pink to red to purple. Flushing episodes may last from 30 seconds to 30 minutes or longer. Flushing may happen for no obvious reason, though sometimes it can be triggered by eating food or drinking alcohol.
    * Facial skin lesions. Purplish areas of spider-like veins may appear on the noses and upper lips of people who've had carcinoid syndrome for many years.
    * Diarrhea. Frequent, watery stools accompanied by painful abdominal cramps may signal carcinoid syndrome.
    * Difficulty breathing. Asthma-like signs and symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath, may occur at the same time you experience skin flushing.
    * Rapid heartbeat. Periods of fast heart rate could be a sign of carcinoid syndrome.

Keep in mind that many of these signs and symptoms are more likely the result of a condition other than carcinoid syndrome. Experiencing these symptoms doesn't necessarily mean you have a carcinoid tumor.



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