Friday, September 6, 2019

I did a thing...

And it was good!
At least, I hope it's good.

I made a pie! Ok, I didn't make the crust, it was premade, but I DID cook the crème filling, and toast the coconut for it. Both are firsts for me. I'm not afraid of it anymore!

Next time I"m off, and don't have to go anywhere, I'm going to attempt the crust.
Should I use Sally's recipe, from Sally's baking addiction, or another.....I have some 300 cookbooks, so there are a few possibilities, lol.

Wish me luck!

Also, today was the first day of Homeschool Co op, yay! We all met at the local park for play and a picnic. We have several new families, Ds got to hang out with his best/first/only friend, along with another that we hope to bring into the fold, lol. This is going to be a fun year for get togethers, with zoo trips, museums, forts, and an obstacle course, too!

Can't wait for every other Friday!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Feelin' hot, hot, hot!

Woo, what a summer!
May/June temps saw 100 plus degrees here. Electric bill was near 300 dollars. And that's set on 78, too. Ouch. I laughed when I read that folks were scoffing at 78 b/c of the online encouragement lately. I was seeing settings of 72 and even 68! How can an a/c keep up with that??? Ours would freeze up long before it ever got that low.

But seriously, 78 is comfy, with the ceiling fans on *yes, we have them in each room, and believe in them firmly. If you are busy cooking, working, in the house you will get warm. Just sit down under the fan, with a cool drink, and take a break. 15 min later, you're good to go.  68, pah!

Dh is doing much better. The drain is out, and the infection and fluid have shown no sign of returning, so far. He continues dialysis three days a week. He feels poorly and tired on those days, but Tues, Thurs, and weekends he sometimes has more energy. He's cut the grass twice now, and will try to weedeat early in the morning. He does the laundry, from washing to folding *he is now a house husband, and pretty dang good one*. He will lay out meat for supper, and has attempted a meal or two, with help and suggestions. He will run the vacuum if he feels like it. He will do homeschool math with Ds if I lay out the appropriate lessons.  He's a pretty awesome guy!

My MIL takes him to and from dialysis, and stays and waits while he's there. Its 30 miles away, to be close to his doctor. She often does dishes for me, and general tidies around the house when she's here. She's a great MIL!

I'm still working, got a small raise. For only 5.5 hours a day, it brings in some needed money without draining me too badly. Still, many days I come in and take a hour (or two) nap. Then I'm ready for family, supper cooking, and homeschool.

So, that's our life over the summer. We are looking forward to fall, and the past few days temps are reflecting its arrival. Weird, for SE Ga, though. It will stay warm during the days through October, if it follows the patter again this year.

Happy summer!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Health update

So, Dh had a drain put in to deal with some fluid buildup after surgery. It's been in now for 2 MONTHS. Also, it is infected, so he is taking massive antibiotics to deal with it.

After a lot of runaround, his Atlanta dr is going to try to set up to have Memorial in Savannah remove it. Thing is, the dr that did it, isn't there anymore and they don't want to mess with it. BUT, the dr that did it wasn't the one that was supposed to in the first place. That was meant to be the job of another department altogether. Sigh...

Anyway, we might wind up going Back to Atlanta to have it removed, as the fluid is gone, only infection remains. He is tired of it, the drain line hurts, makes him feel bad, ect. I'm ready too, for some good days for him.

In happier news, his gov disability was approved, and is set to begin in Nov. His long term disability through work also got approved, and will start in the next week to 10 days. There's some future aggravation attached, but we'll deal with it as it comes.

Tonight's supper was grilled steak, m/c, lemon pepper green beans, with Lemon Poppyseed Muffins for dessert. They have lemon juice, lemon extract, and lemon pudding mix in them. You can imagine that they are delicious, and they are!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Prayer request

Please be in prayer for this precious family. Her blog is a testimony of faith, hope, and love in times of sorrow and struggle.

I have followed her for several years now, and always come away strengthened and encouraged. She needs that now. Even the cheerleaders need cheering now and again.

Monday, May 13, 2019

One month out

An update.

Dh is healing well. Off the walker, and the gout he got in his foot while in the hospital is gone.
He's in dialysis 3 times a week. He does still have pain on his left side, supposedly from fluid accumulated after surgery.

If he still hurts in a couple weeks, his surgeon will call for a scan to see what's going on. He did
have pancreatitis from having to peel the kidney off it to get said kidney out. Ouch. One kidney weighed 8lbs, one weighed 9lbs. Basically, really big twins!

Overall, being honest, there's not much difference in Dh's feelings. He doesn't hurt AS BAD, but still must take pain meds *RX, not Tylenol, when it gets bad. About one every other day or so. His overall feeling is 'not feeling well' most of the time.

We knew going in that this would not 'fix' all his problems, as being kidney free has it's own issues to deal with. I don't know if he will eventually gain back his energy and enthusiasm, but we will see. We are nearly 5 weeks out from surgery. Prob need more time.

There's a lot that happened in those 12 days in hospital. Yes, 12. There was fever, gout, dialysis port issues, and an episode where I thought he was having a stroke or heart attack. That was from back to back dialysis appts and them taking too much fluid off when he hadn't eaten or drank anything in a week. Grrrr. It wasn't heart or stroke, thank you, Father. He's fine now.

We thought he might go to rehab for 3 weeks when released, rather than coming home, but he rallied and got himself up and moving and out of there. Dh is nothing if not stubborn. But he would say determined, lol. :D

So that's where we're at now. Recovering, dealing with the aftermath, life going on. He's a full time stay at home dad now, other than dialysis times. He'll enjoy it more when he feels better, I"m sure. I"m back to work, blah. Short term disability only pays 60% of a full time check, so we need all I can bring in.

God has been good to us. He goes before and He stands behind. We are grateful for this life we get to share. :)

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Strength for the days ahead

On Wednesday, April 11, dh underwent a bilateral or double nephrectomy. In other words, he had both kidneys removed. He is now dialysis dependent.

The decision was based on a factors. Pain for one. Pkd can be painful, and the kidneys can grow quite large.

Second, he had no room for a donor kidney if one became available. The right kidney was growing down into his pelvis, with the left not far behind.

Third, he had started dialysis already, so there was no need to wait on that front.

He's had a rough few days. Low BP, fever, and now gout in one foot. Nonetheless, he is getting up and working on healing, but it will be slow.

We are still in the hospital. No release date yet, but possibly next week sometime. Pls be in prayer for us. Life has changed so much recently, but as always, Gods got this!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Now THIS is a tea cake!

Y'all, I have outdone myself! Seriously, go slap your mama's, and if she isn't around, slap yourself.

I made this cake:

With a few modifications. Mods being: 2 bags of EG in the milk, and 2 in the syrup. An extra 1/4 cup of sugar in the syrup, just because. :) Dusted with powdered sugar rather than icing, b/c this doesn't need anything else to let the flavor shine through.

I used the 12 silicone mini bunt pans my MIL got me, along with a mini muffin tray, and still had around 6tsp of batter left. I may or may not have eaten this raw, standing at the counter. I admit nothing, but I regret nothing, also. :D

If you use mini bunts or mini muffins, reduce cooking time to around 15 minutes. Double soak the cakes with the syrup for maximum flavor. Or go crazy and do 3 rounds.

I'm interested in how lemon tea would pair with say, lemon poppy seed muffins. I may try those next! Stay tuned!

**Also, there is a LOT going on with Dh and his kidneys, but I am over working through the emotions, planning, travel that these updates have entailed. I'll post about it next week, when I know more about the big details. No donor yet, though. :(