Life! I Love It!
May 12, 2011 8:35 am
Updated: May 17, 2011 5:51 pm
Last Thursday, I had a scarey moment. I was getting into the shower when everything suddenly went blurry. I could determine no shapes at all- just shades of light. I was afraid I was having another stroke and there was no way for me to get help. (My wife
was not home.) I forced myself to be calm. I knew I could find my way to my robe and from there find my way outside to get help. In these few seconds, I went from near panic to calm rationalization and that is what made me realize...
... I was still wearing my glasses! Off they came and life was good.
We went to Columbus, Ohio to spend a long weekend with our son and his family. Actually, their neighborhood was having a "garage sale" and my wife didn’t want to miss an event as large as that one. She was speculating more than a few times about what could
be found there and more than a few times she re-lived the sale she went to several years ago. (Of course, I dutifully absorbed all of this quietly. Or, maybe, that word "absorbed" should be changed to "ignored".) My son and his wife had their own sale going
on so they had their work cut out for them. My wife was in her heyday with so many sales within walking distance. And she did walk! She only drove the car to pick up what she had bought- several times.
I was the designated granddaughter watcher and care giver for the duration of the two days event. It was my job to provide her with anything she wanted and then provide stuff she had no knowledge of prior to our visit. We played all day and I didn’t waste her
time with silly stuff like naps- unless she asked for a nap. We had a wonderful time together and her parents are saying they may disavow any relationship to me. It was fun!
I began the long weekend at 199 lbs. I threw my diet to the wind and ate sweet food, salty food, fatty food etc. Today, I weighed in at 194. Hmmm.
This week, I was given the results of an endoscopy and colonoscopy that I had on May 3. My endoscopy only showed the same problems as I have had for 15 years (or better) and the treatment will remain unchanged. But the diet has n new twist. I am not supposed
to eat raw or lightly steamed vegetables- they are harder to digest. I don’t think I will abide by that. My diet s so restricted now that to cut out raw vegetables would be nearly a starvation diet. Also, I cannot stand most vegetables after they are cooked.
Any problems that raw vegetables cause are slight and very livable. (I bet Nurse Ellen has something to say to me about that!)
The colonoscopy showed no problems at all.
During the past twenty months, I have been poked, prodded, palpated, pinched, pushed, penetrated, probed, parted and patched only to be declared a healthy person.
So far, I have dehydrated strawberries, mango, papaya, kiwi and blueberries. The strawberries I made as slices (for adding to cereal or drinks) and chunks (for adding to health bars). A supermarket has been having a sale on fruit for the past two weeks and
I have been trying to take advantage of those great prices. Also, my wife has been busy making pies with the sale items and stocking them in the freezer as well as just freezing the items.
As I was going to post this I saw a late entry on my last post. Wendie has purchased a new dehydrator based on my description and she asks if she will save any money dehydrating everything. That is a tough one to answer. We only dehydrate for the purpose of
making our own health snacks and special ingredients. Everything else (a few exceptions) gets frozen or canned. Economy may be a regional thing, also. Our electricity bills are much less than if we had the same usage in New York (state) where people pay an
outlandish usage bill. We are after the health benefits of creating our own snack foods. Too much of the ready made stuff, even that called healthy, has too much sugar, or salt, or preservative for our liking. When we dehydrate we don’t add any salt, sulphur
I cannot afftively answer Wendie's quetion. Perhaps a reader could offer her something?