Friday, May 23, 2008

Saturday, in the park.... Friday, at the hospital

May '08 - Charlotte's Remicade treatment - 3rd dosage.

It was POURING here today which made Friday morning of Memorial Day weekend traffic a nightmare so we were a little late in our start.
Methotrexate first in the IV & then the start of remicade. 20 minutes in, Charlotte started crying saying her tummy hurt & she started coughing like she was going to throw up. Orders say if stomach cramping happens, must stop transfusion, pause for 30 minutes, then start up slowly again. I argued that she was fine, my sweet husband tried to explain in front our wonderful & patient nurse that it wasnt up for negotiation, stop badgering the nurse from doing her job :) HA HA HA!!! Oh I love those nurses, and I am sure they are not paid enough for their gifts! I just saw that Charlotte was ALMOST asleep & that if she could sleep, then maybe the tummy pains werent THAT big of a deal. But... not up for negotiation.


Charlotte actually fell asleep in Daddy's arms, and they started her up again after giving her some anti-nausea medicine. While she was sacked out, they also put a splint on her arm so the iv would have a smooth ride. We might do that more often, seems that Charlotte moves around too much, & here we always thought it was a testy machine, but it does appear to be Miss Tottie and her activism (it was almost 7 long hours today... that's a day!).


Our amazing FG#1 came to keep us company & brought yummy lunch. She shared how she went to New Seasons (a local grocery store here that is amazing in its philosophy & mission of keeping local as much as possible) & met w/ the nutritionalist there about diet for her activity level & life (nutrition sessions are FREE at new seasons! just call them & ask for LEAH) and shared what she learned:


  • Try to keep your food to as few ingredients as possible (example, gardenburger has 40some ingredients - there is another portland brand that has 4! LOOK for it at New Seasons!!). Its just BETTER for your bod - more true to the source, more natural, is better for your body, your health!

  • For protein, shoot for RICE protein over WHEY protein (easier to digest - am going to look for that in the drinks).

So speaking of food & simple ingredients.... We had friends visit last night & got to mingle over Gorgonzola Cheesecake - its DREAMY (thank you Teresa, my Demarle Guru - PS: use a demarle mold for easy maneuvering!):

Blue Cheese Walnut Cheesecake (I actually use Gorgonzola cheese and don't use walnuts.)

2 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. (I actually double this) crumbled blue cheese
2 1/4 cups sour cream, divided (I use less than this, see below)
3 eggs
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
red grapes
sliced star fruit
fresh herbs

Preparation time: 15 minutes (needs to refrigerate overnight)
Cooking Time: 35-40 minutes

Place Sponge Cake Mold (you can use any mold) on Perforated Baking Sheet. Set aside.


In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and blue cheese until fluffy. Add 1 cup sour cream and stir until blended. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in pepper.


Pour into Sponge cake mold. Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes., or until center is almost set (top may crack).


Let stand on a wire rack for 5 minutes; spread with remaining sour cream (I have skipped this step the last few times and I like it better without the extra sour cream). Bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Run cake server knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Unmold cheesecake and sprinkle with walnuts (I don't use nuts). Garnish with grapes, star fruit and herbs if desired. Serve with crackers.

1 comment:

Lisa Milton said...

What a bummer - the nausea and cramping. Glad she came through it ok.

And I love New Seasons, the philosophy and homey feel.

Hope you are enjoying the sun tonight.