Thursday, July 28, 2011

Still chained

I was hoping that I would be having my picc line pulled when I went in on Tues. but they recommended one more week. The reason was we're going on vacay soon and they want to make sure I'm as good as I can be. So that did make sense. I had my last huge box of meds delivered yesterday...yay!! It has at least gone smoothly this time, no bumps in the road with the picc. My PFT's were up to a whopping 49%, next week I am so going to try to hit 50%. That's my goal. One. More. Point. Most people don't have a clue how hard it is to do PFT's!! On the other hand, I've never had to feel what a chemo treatment is like, or many other things that people go through. I still had some crackles and wheezes, but I don't think it's ever really clear, maybe just less crackly and wheezy. :) So next Tues. I'll go back and it will be pulled out for sure and the celebrating will begin!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

To Die for Blueberry Muffins


Well, I wouldn't exactly risk my life for them, but they are wonderful!! (Blurry picture of them). Kayden helped me whip up a batch on Friday and they are gone already. I keep picking blueberries almost every day...my four little bushes are about done, but my two big ones still have quite a few yet. Here is the recipe for these tasty muffins. (I'm really not turning this into a recipe blog, but I have to share this)! I just love blueberries so much...I wish I could find a superb perfect recipe for blueberry scones. I had some in Canada once that were quite amazing! Back to the muffin recipe...I made six large ones and 24 mini muffins from this batch.

Blueberry Muffin batter:
1 stick of butter, softened
3/4 C sugar
2 eggs
2 C flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 C milk
1 t. vanilla
1/4 t. lemon zest
2 C blueberries I used fresh, but you can also use frozen.

Preheat oven to 375. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add alternately to mixture with milk and vanilla. Fold in blueberries carefully and spoon into muffin tin (about 2/3 full). I didn't use paper liners, I just sprayed tin with Pam. Sprinkle with topping, OR you can just sprinkle with sugar.

Topping:
2 T flour
5 T sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
2 T butter


Bake for 20-25 min. If you do the mini ones, they may be done sooner. Let them cool before getting out of the pan or they will crumble if hot.

I've still been on IV's, another doctor appointment on Tuesday and I'm hoping and hoping they will pull the picc then. I've been on IV's for three weeks. They'll either pull it or I'll be on one more week. They usually give you a break if you've been on them for a month. Last week my lungs were still sounding crackly. Today I felt wheezy. The weather has been so hot and humid, hard to breathe the air. I've been staying inside most of the time, thank goodness for air conditioners! My joints have been hurting so much, I think it might be a side effect of the IV's, or else I'm getting really bad arthritis. Last night was rather miserable, I didn't sleep well because of the joint thing. A "cold" front is moving in, so we should have a couple of days in the high 80's instead of the high 90's. I'm thinking we should move to Arizona where the heat is at least not humid heat. But then again, I've never been there in the summer!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Blueberries!


Blueberries are one of my favorite summer fruits. This year I am picking a crazy amount of them from two of my bushes that are five years old. I have been getting 1/2 to 1 pound a day. We had to build a fence with netting around it, because otherwise the birds would strip them! (Or the grandkids)! We planted four more bushes last year. We are getting a handful from those, but it takes about five years to really produce. The little boys love them too, I usually save some out each day for them. They are so good fresh, I eat as I pick!

This is what I picked yesterday, probably about a pound...it's a pretty large dish. I decided to try a blueberry crisp...I kind of put a couple of recipes together.

It turned out pretty good, I will be making it again! Here is the recipe if you love blueberries and want to try it...

4 C blueberries
3 T clear jel
3/4 C sugar
1 C water
Cook until thickened.
Add 2 t lemon juice (fresh is best)
Cool.


Topping
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C flour
1/2 C oats
4 T butter, softened
1/4 t. soda
1/4 t. baking powder
Combine dry ingredients, rub in butter to make crumbs. Sprinkle crumbs over blueberry filling. Bake at 350 for about 30 min. Serve warm or cooled. Really good with vanilla ice cream!


I am feeling somewhat better, still on IV's...probably for a couple of weeks yet. I have a clinic appointment tomorrow. Clinic in the morning plus an ENT appointment in the afternoon...It will be a long day! And then race back home to get hooked up to my IV in time. But things are going so smoothly this time, no blood clots or bends in the picc line (knock on wood)! I'm just so happy it's been going well. Hoping that in a couple of weeks I'll be all bounced back to my usual self. In the meantime, I'll eating lots of blueberries!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Special package!

I wasn't able to download pictures for awhile on my blog, but now I can again, so finally posting this. I got a package in the mail a few weeks ago with the return label from Harrisonburg, VA. It was from my cousin Dawn! I love getting packages in the mail and often order free things I find online just because it's fun to get a package, no matter how small! And this was a big box! There was the nicest note in it which said she has been following my blog and when I was so sick in March she started making me a prayer shawl and "as you continue to rest and slow down a bit, this prayer shawl is to wrap up in to remember God's arms wrapped around you as you continue to recover"...Dawn, I'm keeping this in my living room as a tangible reminder to say no or slow down if I need to. (Always has been hard for me to do this). And since I'm on home IV's again, I wrap up in it while I'm IVing or resting. Thank you so much Dawn, not only did I get a special gift in the mail, but it was something with love and prayer intertwined in the stitches!!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Picc or Port?

I did end up on IV's again...I got a picc line put in yesterday morning and the home nurse came last evening to get me set up with the meds. I have big monster pole again because of the one med...yuck! There was trouble getting my picc in and my arm is really sore. I will see how things go overall, but I'm considering getting a port put in. I had a lot of trouble with clots and tube bending in Jan. and March. I'm doing some research online about a port as my CNP said it might be good to consider it. I'm curious to know pros/cons of having a port by anyone who has had one for any reason. The way things have been going, I'm needing IV's more frequently and I'm not enjoying the picc procedure. Any advice, what is it like having a port compared to a picc??