Sunday, October 31, 2010

HaPpY HaLlOwEeN!


This week I tried carving a jack-o-lantern.


Mickey was not so sure about it...


but the boys thought it was cool.


These two cute little firemen came trick or treating
yesterday. Perrin does not enjoy taking pictures.
If you look closely, you will see a rather ornery
look on his face...


It was his first time doing the trick or treat thing.



Of course they were carrying bags for treats.
Kayden yelled "trick or treat" and was into the whole
thing...Perrin said "just put it in the bag."

Friday, October 22, 2010

Bugs

Mucinex Pictures, Images and Photos


The CF center called me a few days ago to let me know that two new bugs have set up residence in my lungs. I've never cultured these particular bugs before. They are Stenotrophomonas Maltiphilia and Alcaligenes Faecalis. Try saying those names three times really fast! Seriously, who names these things?? The steno malt is the more worrisome one I guess. I've been put on two different antibiotics. which I will take twice a day for three months to try to eradicate them. I have been feeling yucky this week...low grade fevers, short of breath, more coughing, no energy. It may or may not be caused by the bugs, probably is just a normal typical flare up...but this hasn't been a great week for me. I'm guessing that IV's might not be too far away in my future. Hopefully the antibiotics will help me feel better. And hoping to get rid of the bugs before they start a real party in there!!! Go away...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

You Go Girl!!!

Meet my good friend Audrey...a cancer survivor!! She has been back to teaching and is doing very well. Her husband had a stroke two years ago and is also doing well, they are quite a team!! You guys are awesome!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Apple Dumplings





One of my favorite desserts in the fall is apple dumplings. They are filling, fattening, yummy but you know, at least some fruit is involved! I love them fresh and hot, either plain, or with ice cream. Some people like it with milk. My friend Marcia over here has asked for this recipe, so here it is.

Apple Dumplings:

I used Gala apples this time, but won't again, because they took for.ev.er for the apples inside to get soft. I'm going to stick to golden delicious from now on. I do not enjoy biting into an apple that is not cooked when it's supposed to be soft, just sayin. Golden delicious are bigger than Gala, so you can use just half an apple per dumpling.

For the dough:
2 C all purpose flour

2 and 1/2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

2/3 C Crisco butter shortening

1/2 C milk

Sift the dry ingredients together. Add the shortening like you would pie crust and mix until crumbly. Stir in the milk with a fork until moistened. Press into a ball. Roll out dough on floured surface into approx. a 12x18 rectangle. Cut into 6 squares.

Pare and core the apples. Lay one apple, cored side up on a square. Fill center with cinnamon sugar. Top with a small pat of butter. If the apple is small, put the other half on top. Dampen the edges of the dough with water and fold around the appple until it's all covered. Pinch edges all together. Put the pinched edges down in the pan. Repeat and put apples in square baking pan. Sprinkle small amount of cinnamon sugar over top and bake at 375 for 35-40 min.

Sauce:
2 C brown sugar

3 C water

1 t. cinnamon

1/4 C clear jel

4T. butter

Whisk the clear jel and cinnamon into the brown sugar until mixed, then add the water and butter. Cook on stove until slightly thickened. Remove from heat while apples are baking. I like my apple dumpling dough to be a little crispy, so I pour the sauce over the apples right AFTER the come out of the oven. It does take a little time to make these, but it's fun and they are so good and just taste like FALL to me! OK, now I'm hungry...

Monday, October 11, 2010

10-10-10

I was going to post last night, but my computer was down. Yesterday was 10-10-10, kind of cool... but extra cool because it was my birthday! Yup, I made it through another year! Each year is a gift and I feel very blessed to even be here and be as healthy as I am! It was an Indian summer kind of weekend and my hubby took me on a getaway weekend to Columbus. The drive was beautiful with all the leaves changing color and it was so beautifully warm. We hotwired a really nice hotel for $52. We ate at The Cheesecake Factory at Polaris and we went to Penzeys, my very favorite spice place. I bought the mini baking set on sale and stocked up on a few other spices I love. We saw the movie This is My Life, which is definately not my hubby's kind of movie (chick flick), but he pretended to like it. We got home in time to go to my dad's place for supper, our family usually does a carry in on Sun. evenings. I didn't have to bring anything tonight, which was a nice break...I felt pampered! Ham loaf, cheesy potatoes, broccoli rice, green beans and birthday cake. On a side note...I ALMOST got to have my favorite Mud Valley ice cream cake. My dad was designated to get that, and I'll leave you guessing as to what happened, since we said we wouldn't tell anyone!!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

It's getting a bit complicated...

First of all, we've been in Florida on vacation for a couple of weeks. Nothing like sleeping in, reading books, watching movies, napping, swimming, sitting by the pool, eating seafood and Sweet Berries ice cream, walking on the beach and watching the sunset. It soothes the soul!! Pictures may follow. It was hot, 85-90 degrees, nice. When we got home, it was quite a change...50 degrees. So we are still trying to adjust to instant Fall!! I do love Fall time, it was just such a sudden change.

Now on to the it's getting complicated part. I had a couple of calls on our message machine when we got back that were from the CF center. It was about a blood test that I'd had done about a month ago. I called back and they said my IgG levels were low, but since I had an appointment coming up on Friday (yesterday) they'd discuss it then. So yesterday Dr. M explained that a low IgG level can also cause lung, ear and sinus infections and that usually CF people have higher than normal IgG levels to fight off their CF infections, not lower. I immediately thought she was going to say I DON'T have CF, because it sounded like it wasn't a CF thing. (But then there are those 2 CF genes I have). But she said she thinks I might be fighting TWO diseases, CF and an immune deficiency. So she wants me to see someone who works with immunology. Now I'm not completely clueless about IgG levels, since one of my other doctors discovered this low level years ago and I got monthly IV gammaglobulin treatments for several years. But I have very small veins and finally they were kinda shot and I didn't feel like it was helping enough to keep doing it and I just plain needed a break. So I stopped. I did have the treatments again for about 6 months a few years ago. Dr. M also said that for a "normal" person my levels wouldn't be terribly low, but for a CF person, it would be considered very low. She talked to the Dr. she wants me to see and that Dr. is also working with a couple of other CF patients who have do have low IgG. So I'm being referred to her and will probably have to have a whole new thorough work up. Do any of you readers with CF have low IgG levels??? Just wondering. And so goes my exciting life!!! So we'll see what happens next...