Radio Silence

Sorry for the Radio Silence, Gang. What I thought was some sort of nutty nausea/vomiting thing became a really not fun case of arrhythmia.

I was in the ER Wednesday morning after 3 1/2 days of nausea/vomiting. So I get in there, get hooked up to a pulsox in the triage area, and find my pulse is over 200. Well. If you want people to move fast, that’s how you do it.Β 

After some anti-nausea and anti-pain meds, and some cardiac fun stuff were done, went into the CTICU (Cardio-Thoracic ICU) for another procedure and monitoring. This procedure worked—apparently they had to shock my heart back into rhythm. They knocked me out with the wonder of versed so I don’t remember a thing. πŸ™‚Β 

I was in the CTICU until yesterday when I got sent back to “home” base—C5, the Heart Center/Post-Tx floor. Now we’re just doing regular telemetry monitoring and fun stuff like that as we try to figure out what caused the arrthymia and also work on some thyroid issues while I’m here. (Might as well get money’s worth, eh?)Β 

So—tomorrow morning—discharge and OUTER. BANKS. Yeah, I need some vacay, how about you? πŸ™‚ My mind is still a bit fuzzy re: all that has occured so if this doesn’t make a LOT of sense, sorry, it’s for basic update purposes. πŸ™‚ More info as it occurs.

Not sure how much internet access I’ll have in the OBX. It’s vacay, so I’ll probably be pretty disconnected, but pics, etc. to follow.Β 

Seven Quick Takes Friday XXIV

(and ‘ere we go…)

  1. I went to the gym THREE TIMES this week, as part of “Getting Life Back on Track” (AKA, “There’s a wedding in a month and I’m in it…”). I am so, so proud of myself.
  2. This was even though I had a summer cold, which is one of the devil’s little torments, I think. Really? Colds in the summer? And no, it’s not something big and huge (like, Oh, being admitted to the PICU randomly), but it’s annoying. And as Abbess Catherine says in In This House of Brede, “Martyrdom by pinpricks can be very painful.”
  3. So, back to the “Life back on track”—as in, gym, food journal, all those things that go by the wayside when I have a show. So now I am trying to GET BACK with them, especially since I will have my five years transplant eval the Monday I get back from vacay. I’d like to show them I am not a total slacker. (Or, at least, that I am trying not to be…)
  4. A WEEK until we leave for Duck! (Well, OK, a week and a few hours) I am so excited. I can’t wait to show this piece of work to my family…it’s such a beautiful part of the country. God gave a lot of beauty to this place. And the food! Seafood!
  5. The seafood and the activity (walking, body surfing, boogie-boarding) will also help with the “Get Life Back On Track” part…my sister and I are thinking yoga and tennis and horseback riding! Horseback riding on the beach, like in Casino Royale?Β  YES PLEASE!
  6. (Wait…throw in Daniel Craig, too. There we go. Perfect.)
  7. I’m driving my friend Phil down to Cincinnati on Sunday, when he will enter the Dominican novitiate. I am very happy for him—and very jealous. πŸ™‚ Of course when I get back from Duck, the Summit countdown will begin….in earnest!

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Egg in Olive Oil

I just made this and it was SO. GOOD. This is a perfect snack, breakfast, whatever.

1/4 c. EVOO

1 egg

sea salt

freshly ground pepper

Place EVOO in small saute pan and heat until HOT.

When hot, crack egg over pan and drop into hot oil. Let fry until egg white is solid and yolk is cooked to your liking, 1-3 minutes.

Slide egg with oil into a shallow bowl or dish. Top with salt and pepper. Eat with bread to soak up oil and egg yolk.

(from The Olive and the Caper, by Suzanne Hoffman)

This is for Andrea. Andrea loves frogs. LOVES them. Her lab coat even has Kermit the Frog on it.

So, I just had to take a picture of this frog statue for her.