surgery

I’m Still Here

Life is crazy. Work has had a lot of layoffs (never good). I’m ok for now but that was stressful. The house selling process is stressful. The original buyers were flakes and our house went back on the market. Thankfully we got another offer right away so we are pending again, hopefully will close at the end of this month and be done with all of it. UGH!

The big news, Logan had surgery last week. He got tubes put in his ears.

We got his hearing checked a few months ago after some concerns and it turned out he had some hearing loss. He has a lot of ear infections when he gets a cold so it’s a combo. We met with ENT and they suggested that we get tubes. It would help with the ear infections and the hearing loss. Thankfully his speech has never been effected by the hearing loss, but we have noticed some behavioral stuff (like not participating in things at school, probably because he couldn’t hear very well).

Surgery was obviously not something we WANTED for our 3 year old, but it was in his best interest. They were able to fit us in pretty quickly and the surgery itself is like 5 minutes long, and he’s only under anesthesia (gas) for maybe 10 minutes. It was still one of the most stressful things ever!!!!

Thankfully Logan LOVES the doctor. He is so fascinated by doctors and all of that stuff. He was a hit with all the nurses. 😉 He got a car and a stuffed bird. It was cute. He was so curious about all the stuff they did for pre-op. I wonder if will be a nurse or doctor someday! 😉

The hardest part of this whole thing (Because seriously, it all went so quick we didn’t have a chance to worry much)…was when he came out of surgery/anesthesia. Apparently it’s normal for toddlers/little kids to have a rough time. It was SO BAD. He was hysterical and inconsolable for over an hour. I know he was probably confused and scared and feeling the effects of the anesthesia. It was so upsetting. 🙁

We went home and Logan was still weepy and indecisive. I asked if he was hungry, he said he wanted toast, I made toast, he said he didn’t want to eat, that type of thing. He was also glued to me. So I carried him into bed with me and made him lay down on me until he finally fell asleep! We napped for about 2 hours. Thankfully.

He woke up feeling better. He ate lunch. He was ready to lay on the couch with me and watch movies. He was acting a bit more normal. Good! He was back to his normal self by the next day, so that’s good!

Over the weekend we went for a run and Logan biked, so he was definitely back to his normal self!

He also got to go to the movie theater for the FIRST TIME to see his favorite, The Lion King. 🙂

We went to the river and he threw rocks into the water, his new favorite thing. 🙂

I’m glad he’s back to his normal self so fast. Glad we did the surgery. Hopefully this winter when cold and flu season starts he’ll skate through it without too much issue because of the tubes! (And I hope I do too, because of MY surgery!)

Sleepy and a Recipe

I’ve been back to work for a few days now. The first day was ROUGH. I was absolutely, bone-tired exhausted. I forgot just how much surgery takes it out of you. It takes awhile to feel back to normal. I’m not quite there yet. I definitely needed a nap on Monday and wished I’d taken one on my lunch break! But I got to work and blinked and somehow it was 12:30 and I’d missed my morning break and it was already lunch time.

Thankfully I work from home on Wednesdays, so I was able to sleep in a bit before getting to work. I love my Wednesdays! I’m supposed to be clear to start doing cardio in a few days. Part of me misses it and is it ready to get back to it. And part of me really wants to just sleep. LOL. We’ll see how I feel in a few days!

In other news, I’ve finished a few books but not enough to do a book update. Soon! I’ve been watching a lot of TV on my time off for my surgery. I finally got caught up on some shows that I had fallen behind on (I never have time for TV). I am currently working my way through season 3 of Outlander. If you’ve never seen the show, it’s actually really good. I love historical period books/shows so it’s right up my alley. I read the first few books in the series but then quit. But I do love the TV show.

I wanted to share a recipe that I sort of created that was really good. I adapted it from two different recipes but based it on this recipe Zucchini Pasta with Chicken & Pistachios. I made some adjustments to make it keto-friendly.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • minced garlic (I used 3 medium sized cloves)
  • minced mint leaves (about 7 leaves)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
  • Boneless, skinless chicken (I used chicken thighs)
  • Zoodles (We used 3 small zucchinis to make the zoodles)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped green onion for garnish

Make the zoodles (We used our Kitchenaid Mixer attachment, which is AMAZING, for making zoodles). Set aside. Chop the chicken into small, bite size pieces. Cook the chicken in a skillet with ghee, salt and pepper. Then in another skillet, cook the zoodles in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

For the sauce, melt the butter in a small sauce pan, add the garlic. Add the heavy cream, stirring constantly. Add the mint and lemon juice. Stir constantly. Then mix the chicken, sauce and zoodles all together in one skillet.

Divide into pasta bowls, top with chopped pistachios and green onion as garnish.

It turned out really well! I liked it a lot and would definitely make this recipe again. I like the flavor and texture combos. I think next time I would use salted pistachios (I only had unsalted). I loved the sauce. The mint was a really nice, unusual flavor. It all worked really well!