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Cooking Through Adversity 
Mar. 13, 2010 3:19 pm 
Updated: Mar. 22, 2010 4:08 pm
Thank you for all the support and encouragement after my last blog, and I apologize for the morbidity.  I just had to rant.  Short story: Everything turned out okay. 

The tests are over, and the HubbyMeister is resting.  He is such a brave warrior.  My Knight in Shining Armour.  (Well, the armour may be slightly rusty, but he's mine! :))

The morning of his tests (yesterday), at 4:00 a.m., I awoke to Hubby sititng beside me, stroking my hair.  As I focussed on him he exclaimed, "There you are!"  He grinned mischeivously.  "I'm not dead yet!"  These four little words woke me up completely -- not only physically, but emotionally and psychologically. 

I realized that ever since I learned the latest health set-back I have been re-living three deaths that shook me to my core before I met Hubby.  I know that I will be a basket case when the time comes. (But he's not dead yet!)  

So, the good news:  We got to the hospital with 15 minutes to spare.  (And Hubby survived his "No Coffee Morning" with more than the usual good-natured whining. :D)  And, I got to work at 6:45.  I have never been to work that early. 

Long story short, I went through the motions knowing that either he or the hospital would call when it was all over.  Well ... He called sounding totally drained at 1:00 p.m.  "Come and get me." 
"Are you okay?"
"Well .  I'm tired .. the meds to stimulate the heart made me dizzy, I passed out, and got sick."
"That's bad. "
"No, it's okay, honey!  The nurses were really good."
("Oh NO, Sparky! Please no more That's Good/That's Bad jokes!"  Okay! I will try to keep this short as I want to take a nap!)
Seriously, though.  Knowing what I know, passing out in medical tests is not a good sign, but now the waiting begins for two and a half weeks for the results and what needs to be done. 
One more thing:  He asked if I could take the afternoon off, but I already had that covered.  My immediate supervisor, when she heard that Hubby was taking tests, said, "You can take the afternoon, if you want."  So, after the phone call, as he never asks me to take time off I went downstairs to my Supervisor dressed to go.  She just looked up and grinned, "Have a great weekend!  Take care of Hubby."

So, when we got home, we napped for an hour or two every two or three hours until it was time for bed.  I pulled the Norwegian Meat Balls out of the freezer and we had them with rice and veggies for dinner. We were in bed by 9:00 p.m. last night and up at 8:00 this morning, and Hubby continued the napping.  We had the Norwegian Pancakes before I laid down for a nap around noon, but have held off on the afternoon nap so far. 

I did make the Peanut Butter Easter Eggs, for the first time which are very, very good.  (I substituted almond butter for the peanut butter due to the peanut allergy.)  These are very rich and extremely Yummy, and seemed to perk us up a little.  We are practicing taking deep breaths and keeping our eyes on the cats, as they make us laugh, and we will watch the fireflies and stars in the summer.  After all, he's not dead yet!  And that's good! :D

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Peanut Butter Easter Egg March 2010
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Peanut Butter Easter Island Egg setup March 2010
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Mar. 13, 2010 3:38 pm
Thanks, Sparytoo so glad to hear you two are snug and nibbling at home again. It's sweeter after a breathig spell,isn't it? 24 yrs.ago when my Dan was ready to leave the hospital they told me it would happen again, I asked when, she said could be 6 months.I nearly croaked..One of my friends came in the room, saw how shook up I was, Dan was not there. My friend held me tight and talked to me, I don't remember what she said. Years later she did tell me that the nurse also said it could also be anytime,I just didn't hear it all. It hasn't all been bad, and I am so very glad wev'e had each other this long,34yrs,please keep us all posted, lives are so very special.
Mar. 13, 2010 5:45 pm
My heart is with both of you. In moments of need laughter and snuggles are some of the best remedies. <3
Mar. 13, 2010 6:12 pm
Thanks, Am and Ad's Gram! Lives are indeed very special. As you know, a million years would never be enough. Every second that we share is cherished, even when I'm typing away and he's on his laptop. :D Yes we have a little breathing room until the results come back -- as long as he keeps breathing, we're fine! :)
Mar. 13, 2010 6:15 pm
Hi, Amber1 Thanks for stopping by! I think of you often and hope that things are good for you and your Beau (and Charlotte):D. I think we have laughed more in the 48 hours than we have in a few months -- just lightening the mood and reconnecting once again. Oh, and I do like snuggles! :D
Mar. 14, 2010 5:00 pm
Like you and your HubbyMeister, we became much closer when we found out that we were far more mortal than immortal. I think life loves to kick us in the pants when we forget what life is all about. Happy for you, Sparky and HubbyMeister!. Keep up the lovin'!
Mar. 14, 2010 5:33 pm
Breathing is good. :D Thanks Mike.
Mar. 16, 2010 5:21 pm
Marriage was meant to be a place of love, comfort, support. I am glad you found each other.
Mar. 18, 2010 7:35 pm
Oh, Sparky! I know everything is hard to get through, I have been through similar with hubby, but wow, hun, you are pullin' through like a champ! I have been working on keeping myself out of a pit of self-pity because living with my parents is SO not my first choice and a bad idea in so very many ways. But reading this latest entry makes things easier. I am thrilled to know you and Hubby are in good spirits, and my outlook on my situation has changed. Sure, part of it sucks, but we aren't dead, and there is so much to be thankful for! Come to think of it, it should of struck my sooner. The baby is sick and very congested, but I have been keeping her crying (much to my brother's annoyance) because 'a screaming baby is a breathing baby". Sure, its loud and it breaks your heart, but baby isn't going to suffocate. Kudos, Sparky, on your positive outlook, and thank you for helping mine!
Mar. 20, 2010 11:32 pm
hi too. i didn't see your first post, but gather you have some fairly major medical issues. keep a positive attitude, and enjoy each day as it happens. after 45 years, we also went through a major upheaval, with the result that i am now chief cook and bottle washer(thank god for a.r.)our lifestyle has changed a lot, but our enjoyment remains great. keep a happy thought....sparky(the original)
Mar. 22, 2010 3:11 pm
Thanks, What's for Dinner Mom?! I agree. When we first met, I know it sounds corny, but I knew I was "Home". After our first upheaval as a Team, I asked him what was wrong with him. I had never had someone stick by me, support me, comfort me, and love me when I was shaky before. I had learned to shake inside with my "tough shell", but I learned I didn't have to with him along for the ride. It's been amazing, learning to trust (and love) so completely... and, depending on the news next Wednesday (March 31), I'm ready for the next 500 years. Thanks for your understanding!
Mar. 22, 2010 4:08 pm
Miss IVY! I'm sorry to hear that you went through the same thing a while ago. I wouldn't wish the insecure, rollercoaster ride on anyone. Self-pity is a killer (Trust me, I was sinking fast a few weeks ago -- some news just knocks you off your game faster than others), but somehow you have to remind yourself that there is always someone who has it worse. That Friday morning was my eye-opener. There he was fighting for every breath, and he was supporting me and making me laugh. Ummm ... it should be the other way around, so I also have adjusted my outlook. I am so honoured that you feel I have helped you. You help me all the time. I know there are times that things are completely overwhelming, but you bounce back. Things will get better. I promise. When you announced that you were moving in with your parents, I thought, "Oh, I'm so-o-o glad that's not me. I could never ...." and then ... I'm moving in with Mom in one week to "babysit" her for a couple of days after her arm re-surgery. HA! :D) I hope baby is better (or getting there), and that Hubby has joined you (or will soon). Thanks for stopping by! And keep up the good work! You rock!
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About Me
Live with my SoulMate Hubby (a.k.a. "The Most Wonderful Man In the World") in a teeny, tiny apartment with two psycho cats.
My favorite things to cook
Still in progress, but the list includes (from this site): Scandinavian Almond Bars; Serbian Beef and Vegetables; Scandinavian Almond Bars; Black Russian Bread; Scandinavian Almond Bars; Roasted Red Potatoes; Norwegian Meat Balls; Scandinavian Almond Bars; Norwegian Soft Cake; Milk-Braised Pork Loin!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Blot Kake (Norwegian Soft "Cake"); Sur Kal (Norwegian "Sour Cabbage"); Russian Peas; Scandinavian Almond Bars; Norwegian Meat Balls; (started by me) Milk-Braised Pork Loin
My cooking triumphs
My first loaf of bread (assisted by my very first breadmaker) Making the Scandinavian Almond Bars -- and they worked FIRST TIME Norwegian Meat Balls - HURRAY for me! Blot Kaker (even though it was a little tough due to using brown instead of white sugar) (Hokey Phinokey! I should upgrade my level as THE BEST EXPERT - WORLD AMAZING! Just because of this little cake)!! And, the recipe that boosted my rating from beginning to Intermediate: Milk-Braised Pork Loin!!!!!
My cooking tragedies
Never, EVER ... under any circumstance: 1. Add ketchup to Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Helper!! (We ordered Pizza that night.) 2. Pour onion soup mix from a bulk bag directly into what you are cooking ... *GAG* (Jam Sandwiches are a great replacement!) 3. When making Russian Peas, make sure they do NOT boil dry. That was Christmas Eve dinner (the Big Disaster) December 2009. 4. NOTE TO SELF: Although Hubby adds ketchup to EVERYTHING -- DO NOT add to anything while cooking (He's usually right!)-- Reminder: Easy Fettuccine Fiasco. *Sigh*
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