Thursday, August 28, 2014

Two Doctors, a sign, and a recipe

Appointment #1 is out of the way.  We saw Kevin's surgeon.  He took some X-Rays and showed us how the bone has started to knit together nicely.  When they do a fusion of your spine they either use donor bone that they either get from another place in your body or they use cadaver bone.  Kevin has always opted for cadaver bone.  One time the doctor did not put in any bone and Kevin was in so much pain.  The doctor had to go back in and pack the fusion with donor bone.  So, the fact that the bones are knitting together nicely all ready is awesome!  The doctor also showed us what part got broken off in his back and how they had to bypass that portion and he is missing a screw in one place, but they made up for that when they added some in other places.  I wish I would have thought to take a picture of the X-ray.  Oh well.  We also got Kevin scheduled for his first therapy session.  They are going to do some light massage and something else....I forget, and that will be his therapy for a while. Then Kevin will go back to see the surgeon in about a month.  Until then he will have to just take it easy.  No BLT's still.  (Bending, Lifting, or Twisting)  I have to say, we are so glad we found Dr. Song.  He is simply amazing and we cannot say enough about this man!  We consider him as well as his medical assistant as family.  They have been awesome through all of this and we cannot thank them enough for all they do.  So, if you are in a situation where you find yourself considering back surgery, my suggestion is Edward W. Song M.D.  He is the best!!
This afternoon we have another appointment with the pain specialist.  He takes care of Kevin's pain medications.  
Now that we have been home for a while I have to say, I am so sick of door to door salesmen!  I don't have time, nor do I want to stand at my door for 10-15 minutes holding back our dog so they can give me their little sales pitch.  It just isn't going to happen.  I use to have a sign at the door.  I think it's time to put it back up again.  One guy came by today knocked about three times, and I was right in the middle of something and could not get to the door.  By the time I did get to the door and got a hold of the dogs leash to open the door, he was gone.  Which is fine with me.  When they come up to the door, I literally have NO patience with them and I am flat out rude with them.  I think it is a huge inconvenience and frustrating.  Why businesses use door-to-door salesmen in the blistering heat of Arizona is beyond me.  Frankly, that is just plain a bad practice on the part of the business, in my opinion.  It's too hot for these people to be out in his heat like this.  Not to mention the cool air leaving my home as I stand there listening to these people.  I tell you, I am flat out rude to these people.  I know it's not always their fault, but it just drives me completely nuts when they come up.  The other thing that bugs me is when my goofy neighbor sends them over to our house.  That kid bugs me!  We have this little chip in our windshield that was taken care of when we purchased the car at the dealership.  So, every time someone with a windshield offer comes down the street he sends them our way.  Like I have time for every windshield salesmen that comes around.  So, I posted a quick little No soliciting sign.  Here is what it looks like....

 I looked at a few others.  Take a look at my other options....

I hope those door to door salesmen get the idea.  It's frustrating when I am in the middle of helping Kevin and they constantly ring the bell.  Plus, I don't want Kevin thinking he needs to get the door when I am at work.  Then if he does try to get the door and the dog gets out.  Oh, that would not be good at all!  Well, that is enough of that.  You get the idea.  :)

At Kevin's second appointment we saw his pain specialist.  He is equally as amazing as Dr. Song.  His name is Wladislaw Fedoriw M.D.  He is the man Kevin has been seeing for about a year now.  He is the man that saw the problem in Kevin's back in January, the herniated discs.  Then he is the man that got Kevin in to see Dr. Song when he had other complications.  Then Dr. Fedoriw was the man that called Dr. Song and got the ball rolling to have Kevin admitted to the hospital this last time.  Dr. Fedoriw is totally amazing!  We love him like family too.  He has explained things to Kevin and to me in a way that has been totally wonderful!  We feel very blessed to have these doctors care for Kevin.  

After two appointments today, Kevin came home and was worn out and dizzy.  The pain doctor said he needs to up his protein intake to double what he has had before, and we need to make some homemade soup or something too.  Apparently the broth will help build bone marrow.  Make sense to me.  No wonder chicken noodle soup has always been known for the Get Well Soup.  So, I am sharing a chicken noodle soup recipe.  Here you go...

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

homemade chicken noodle soup
Serves: 16
Yields:  One-cup servings

1 (3 1/2-pound) whole chicken
3 quarts low-sodium chicken broth
6 carrots, peeled
4 stalks celery, ends trimmed
3 medium onions, peeled
5 black peppercorns
1 clove garlic, crushed
10 sprigs parsley
2 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 leeks, tops and root ends removed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh-ground pepper
3 cups (5 ounces) medium egg noodles


1.  Make the stock:  Place the chicken and chicken broth in a large stockpot and set it over medium heat.  Roughly chop 2 carrots, 2 celery ribs, and 1 onion and add to the broth.  Add the peppercorns, garlic, 2 sprigs of parsley, thyme, bay leaf, and enough water to just cover the chicken.  Bring the broth to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the chicken is very tender -- about 1 1/4 hours -- skimming the surface periodically.  Remove the chicken and place in a large bowl.  Strain the broth through a very fine sieve into a large, clean bowl or stockpot.  Discard the vegetables.

2.  Make the soup:  Skim any fat off the top of the strained broth and discard.  Slice the remaining carrots, celery, onions, and leeks into 1/4-inch-thick pieces and set aside.  Remove and discard the skin and bones from the chicken, cut meat into 1/2-inch pieces, and set aside.  Chop the remaining parsley leaves and set aside.  Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the vegetables and cook until the onions are translucent -- about 7 minutes.  Add the chicken, the reserved broth, salt and pepper.  Simmer the soup until the vegetables are tender -- about 1 hour.  Stir in the egg noodles and parsley and cook until the noodles are tender -- about 10 more minutes.  Serve hot.

I need to make this again.  I know we won't be making this until this until later.  Maybe when the weather changes again and we are a little cold here in Arizona.  Which means around November or December.  That will be good.  Anyway, hope you enjoy this.  
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