My neurologist's nurse called me this afternoon and informed me that the x-rays taken of my lower back and hips came back relatively normal. They showed some degeneration in my hips (I believe she said it was mostly in the right hip), but there was nothing significant to show anything in which to be terribly concerned. My neuro had made some notes suggesting either seeing an orthopedic doctor or having me see a physical therapist once again, and I agreed with the physical therapy. Being that I am not able to drive at this time, I can have visiting nurses come to my home to help me in this for at least a short time. Besides, I am sure that some of the pain I am feeling in my mid-section is due to the kidney stone I have yet to pass. Until it is out of my body, I don't feel pursuing anything too in depth would be the most intelligent decision right now.
Dorraine, my very good friend, was a wonderful help to me today. As I've mentioned before, cooking has become an impossibility for me in recent weeks so she kindly prepared two batches of macaroni and cheese. Ah, but I don't make my mac and cheese as most do! For me, it's an entire meal so it needs to have much more than just the ingredients which are in the familiar blue Kraft Macaroni and Cheese box, as Dorraine soon learned. I like to pour in a lot of dried onion flakes while the water is reaching a boil so they taste almost as if they're fresh onions when I'm eating my dinner later. Then, to the cheese mixture, I add quite a bit of Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle seasoning (yes, I like it spicy!), a can of tuna AND 6 ounces feta cheese. Hey, this is a meal, remember? Then the macaroni with onions is added and voila.. dinner! I asked Dorraine to have a taste when it was finished and she really loved the flavor and I somehow have the feeling she may prepare this at home sometime and surprise her hubby with this concoction a la Lucy. Seriously, it's delicious.
|Emmi Sue and Dorraine a couple weeks ago at the vet's office|