LEMONS to LEMONADE, MY NEW MANTRA FOREVER AS I TRAVEL DOWN LIFE’S CRAZY ROAD

Life's crazy roadMany of you know that despite my normally always positive outlook on life I have not always been the healthiest of people. Years and years ago I began a life style change that would make today’s college student cringe when I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus during college. I gave up processed food, fast food, drinking and excessive sweets. It worked! I was able to get off most medications, started feeling better and was able to live life to a fuller extent.

I followed a stringent preventative schedule, got well woman exams, took my vitamins, followed a healthy diet and yet several years later was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. Miracle of all miracles and a volleyball sized tumor later, my wonderful surgeon got all of the cancer and I began to breathe AND live again as I recovered from surgery.

During the surgery they discovered a Hiatal Hernia, but let it be since the cancer was more important. It was a long surgery with a 10 inch scar to remind me everyday how blessed I am to still be among the living. It was also a long recovery with a multitude of side affects along the way.

As I got stronger and began to live again, the Hiatal Hernia reared its ugly head and made me more and more miserable. The pain and side affects increased day by day and eventually led to a new surgery last June. This surgery was a Nissen Fundoplication that ended in stomach reconstruction when they needed to remove several inches of shredded esophagus and build a new valve. It also left me on a liquid diet for several months. Even after that I have been slowly adding food by food to test my ability to tolerate and digest certain foods – kind of like teaching a baby to eat one food at a time. Recovering from yet another surgery left me fighting for my strength and energy. Water Aerobics and walking became my daily friend and life saver.

The first side affect that is really making life difficult is searing pain. Until recently I was seriously afraid the cancer was back. But after a recent CT scan I’m told there is no sign of recurring metastatic disease. Yet they did manage to find a few other things! DAMN it’s always something. FLD for one. What is FLD aka Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease? Well it’s something I shouldn’t have given how well I eat! But, yet I have it. I will be going for a Cardiac CT scan in the near future to determine if my life is about to change yet again by adding a dreaded lifetime drug to maintain the FLD.

Then comes the second of the side affects that bothers even more, my vision. After the first surgery one of the doctors mentioned that changes in my vision might happen and recommended not changing to contacts right away. Unfortunately I did begin to see changes and my sight was getting worse, blurry and distorted close up. I recently met with a new eye doctor and was told I have a macular hole. Between the eye doctor, my primary and my new oncologist we all agree on one thing – there is NO good reason that these things are happening to me – I eat well, drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of exercise and rest.

So here we go for more drastic changes. ALL my adult life my mantra has been about turning lemons into lemonade and some days I find it difficult to understand how it is even possible that the pitcher of lemonade is still half full and able to replenish itself. I do realize I would do whatever was necessary to stay healthy and be able to care for my family. I’ve been given a list of supplements to add to my diet, to eat even more fish, fruit, leafy greens and told to wear sunglasses ALL the time. The rest I’m choosing to do as I continue to deal with adding foods to my diet and dealing with new conditions that can’t be eliminated, but CAN BE controlled.

Being removed from my diet on a regular basis is bread in general, red meat as a whole, fast food (what little I eat) and ALL processed food!  Now you might notice on future menus red meat recipes, but that’s okay as I won’t force hubby to adapt to my new ways all the time.

PERMANENT MENU REVISIONS

menu planning 2013Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie


DATE BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
MONDAY 2/25 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA & ORANGE LEMON GLAZED RED SNAPPER, BROCCOLINI, 4 OUNCES GREEN GODESS & SALAD
TUESDAY 2/26 OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT TOMATOES, CUCUMBERS & SNAP PEAS
PINK LEMON CHICKEN, BROCCOLINI 4 OUNCES GREEN GODESS & SALAD
WEDNESDAY 2/27 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA & ORANGE AVOCADO SALAD, 4 OUNCES GREEN GODESS & ROAST CHICKEN
THURSDAY 2/28 OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT TOMATOES, CUCUMBERS & SNAP PEAS CRAB SALAD, TOMATOES, 4 OUNCES GREEN GODESS & SNAP PEAS
FRIDAY 3/1 OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT CRAB SALAD ROCKFISH COD, SPINACH SALAD, 4 OUNCES GREEN GODESS & FRUIT SALAD
SATURDAY 3/2 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA & ORANGE BAKED WHITE FISH, BROCCOLINI, TOMATO SLICES & SNAP PEAS
SUNDAY 3/3 SCRAMBLED EGGS PROTEIN DRINK MAHI MAHI IN ORANGE SAUCE, 4 OUNCES GREEN GODESS, BROCCOLINI & SALAD
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HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY ~ SIMPLE WOMAN & MENU PLANS

Happy Homemaker MondayDIARY OF A STAY AT HOME MOM

Outside my window/WEATHER… a light rain is falling and fog is still hugging the pavement AGAIN.

I’M THINKING… about the future.

I’M THANKFUL… for my family and their love as well as my renewed health.

IN THE KITCHEN… we have a few new recipes brewing for the February/March menu.
I’ll post the successful ones as we go.

  • CASHEW CHICKEN
  • COWBOY BURGERS
  • CHINESE HAMBURGER HASH
  • INDONESIAN PORK
  • SOUTH SEAS CHICKEN
  • CHINESE STEW
  • SAUERBRATEN MEATLOAF
  • DRUNKEN PORK CHOPS
  • PORK BURGERS
  • CHOCOLATE CHICKEN
  • JAMAICAN CHICKEN SANDWICHES
  • PUERTA RICAN CHICKEN STEW
  • AUSTRIAN CHICKEN STREUDEL
  • FIESTA CHICKEN & RICE

I’M WEARING… very worn levis, a gray turtleneck and cozy socks.

I’M CREATING… some quilt pieces that have been needing finished for a while (I just have problems sitting for any length of time due to the scar tissue from my cancer surgery), Christmas gifts for next year – quit laughing, these things take time and I’m also creating some new recipes.

Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie


DATE BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
MONDAY 2/18 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA LEMON PARMESAN CHICKEN
TUESDAY 2/19 OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT EGG SALAD C.O.R.N.
WEDNESDAY 2/20 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA PINK LEMON CHICKEN
THURSDAY 2/21 OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT BRAUNSWIEGER BBQ CHICKEN IN BBQ SAUCE
FRIDAY 2/22 OATMEAL, BANANA & YOGURT EGG SALAD BAKED TACOS
SATURDAY 2/23 CHEERIOS, BANANA & YOGURT TUNA C.O.R.N.
SUNDAY 2/24 PANCAKES C.O.R.N. SOUTH SEAS CHICKEN

I’M GOING… to the eye doctor, grocery store and for a walk.

I AM WONDERING…when we’ll wrap up this VA mess – seems like we’re always starting over.

MY READING LIST… Marie Force’s The McCarthys of Gansett Island

MY TV LINEUP THIS WEEK…  is a long list, but that’s the beauty of all of them being on the DVR – we can do series marathons on rainy days and still skip the commercials

  • BUNHEADS
  • SWITCHED AT BIRTH
  • HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
  • BONES
  • CASTLE
  • NCIS
  • NCIS LOS ANGELES
  • RISSOLI & ISLES
  • VEGAS
  • CRIMINAL MINDS
  • ARROW
  • L & O SVU
  • CHICAGO FIRE
  • BIG BANG THEORY
  • PERSON OF INTEREST
  • SCANDAL
  • ELEMENTARY
  • BEAUTY & THE BEAST
  • CSI NY
  • ONCE UPON A TIME
  • THE GOOD WIFE
  • THE MENTALIST
  • ZERO HOUR

I’M HOPING… SPRING IS ON THE WAY

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO… THE JEFF DUNHAM CONCERT NEXT MONTH. I got hubby tickets for his birthday.

I’M LEARNING… how to be patient, but also how to squeak the wheel for oil!

AROUND THE HOUSE… organization is finally winning – rooms are being painted, baseboards are getting painted and fine dusting is being done.

I’M PRAYING… for a meeting of the minds and less political interaction between friends.

A FAVORITE QUOTE…

Forgiveness is the economy of the heart… forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.   ~Hannah More

SOME my favorite things

  • my morning coffee
  • my new kindle
  • the laundry being done
  • the grocery shopping being done

MY TO DO LIST 

  • Creating a few new recipes
  • painting
  • laundry
  • grocery store
  • research
  • blog catch up

Favorite picture from my camera this weekGunner & Bear

 

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