Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!!

I was going to do a big post for daddy like I did for momma, but not only is daddy a private person, he's also a man of few words. He wouldn't want me to make a fuss so I figured a quote would be appropriate:

"They say that from the instant he lays eyes on her, a father adores his daughter. Whoever she grows up to be, she is always to him that little girl in pigtails. She makes him feel like Christmas. In exchange, he makes a secret promise not to see the awkwardness of her teenage years, the mistakes she makes or the secrets she keeps." ~ Unknown

Happy Father's Day to my daddy. The first man I ever loved. My rock. My hero. My silent strength and support. The man who can always make me laugh. The man who taught me never to settle for less than what I deserve. The man who taught me that with hard work, I can overcome any obstacle.  The most wonderful, generous, loving, and caring man I have ever met. I love you with all my heart. xoxo

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The H Word

About a month ago, I had my routine appointment with my Endo. The post I wrote about it was part of the whole post scheduling mixup. When I realized it didn’t post, it was a week after the fact and I thought it was no longer worth posting. Only one thing of note happened during the appointment and I’d convinced myself it was just a fluke.

Today, I had my yearly physical with my PCP and the fluke? Yeah, it happened again.

My doctor called me “healthy.”


Uhm, what?!  Me?! Miss I’ve-been-to-doctors-up-and-down-the-northeast-since-I-was-12-and-I’ve-been-(mis)diagnosed-with-everything-imaginable?! Miss I’ve-had-(asshole)-doctors-accuse-me-of-just-not-wanting-to-be-healthy-badly-enough? Miss-it-took-my-current-docs-nearly-a-year-to-diagnose-me-with-D-but-once-they-did-everything-suddenly-made-sense? Me? HEALTHY?!? They must be confusing me with someone else.

Don’t misunderstand me here. My Endo and my PCP have never, not for one nanosecond made me feel as though I’m a sick person or that I’m limited in any way. It was just the endings of my appointments that were different this time around. With my Endo, they’d always ended with some version of, “keep up the good work. I know it’s difficult, but you’re doing well. I’ll see you again in 3 months. Please call if you need anything in the meantime.” This last appointment, however, it was, “I want you to get your bloodwork done as usual, but you’re so healthy I don’t think I need to see you again for 6 months. Please call if you need anything in the meantime.”  With my PCP (who also treats me for my asthma and allergies) it has always been some form of,  “let’s try this new medicine, and I want to see you again in 8 weeks.” Today it was, “well, you’re so healthy, I’m comfortable with just seeing you back in a year for your physical. Please call if you need anything in the meantime.”

I realize that for most people, especially for most people my age, being called “healthy” wouldn’t be such a weird and uncommon occurrence. The thing is, as my mom would say, I’ve been “sick since conception.” She’s not kidding when she says that, either. I know that this doesn’t change anything. I’m not “cured.” I don’t have to test or inject or take medication any less than I already do. I also know that this could change at any second, but for right now, I know that I’ve been managing things pretty well. Honestly, I’m not used to this whole healthy thing, but I think I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

For Bird Man

On more than one occasion, I’ve taken to Twitter to announce whatever concoction I’ve just made. The response I usually get from Mike is “share the wealth.” So, as per that request, here's the recipe for what elicited that response yesterday afternoon.

Baked Whole Wheat Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips

  • 10 pita breads (either whole wheat or whole grain) separated in half (so 20 rounds total)
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Cut each pita bread into 8 triangles
  3. Place the triangles in one layer on as many lined cookie sheets as necessary (usually 2)
  4. Lightly spray the triangles with the olive oil cooking spray
  5. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar
  6. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until lightly browned. Keep an eye on them because they burn easily!
  7. Let cool and enjoy!

I’ve never tried this with Splenda but I think that would work too. Now, if you can’t find pitas that are whole wheat or whole grain, you can always make them yourself.  Here’s the recipe I use:

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast (usually this is what’s in one small package)
  • 1 ¼ cups warm water
  • ½ teaspoon salt (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F
  2. Sift together 2 cups of flour and the yeast
  3. Add water and salt and mix well
  4. Gradually add in the remaining flour just until the dough begins to clean the sides of the bowl. You may not need to use all of it.
  5. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes or until its elastic (if you were making these to use for sandwiches, you could add any desired herbs and spices during this step)
  6. Form the dough into 10 balls
  7. On a floured surface, roll each ball into a 5-6 in circle that’s about ¼ inch thick
  8. Place on a non-stick baking sheet and allow to rise for about 30 minutes
  9. Just before placing the cookie sheet in the oven, flip each pita over onto the other side
  10. Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for 5 minutes
  11. They will be hard when they initially come out of the oven but they will soften as they cool
  12. Store while still warm in an airtight container or plastic baggies and let cool

So there. I've officially "shared the wealth" lol. In other news, a few posts I've had scheduled over the past few weeks weren't posted. I'm unsure as to whether I should still post them seeing as they were calendar related. /end newbloggerfail