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Pancakes

Okay, here’s a recipe I got off of www.nomorecrohns.com.  I like the sweet buttery flavor that these have, but I yet have gotten them to “fluff up” like regular pancakes.  Any ideas as to how to modify this to do that?  🙂

Pancakes

  • 1 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon butter (not margarine)

Mix all ingredients in a blender, and then pour out onto a buttered griddle or pan set around 250-300.  Cook until golden on both sides.  These will take a LOT longer to cook than regular pancakes, and can be kinda hard to flip.  BUT, the taste is amazing!

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2010 in Breakfast, Recipes

 

Update on…

…….hmmmm, lots of stuff!

Physically I’m doing okay.  Still kinda tired right now.  I’m a bit disgusted because 2 weeks ago I was feeling great.  Consistent 70-75% energy level.  After my “episode” last week, I just haven’t been able to get my energy back.  I feel now that I’m lucky to be running at around 60% max.  My blood pressure has become more stable, but it’s still lower than what I’m used to.  A lot of times in the morning it will run around 100/60, and will get up to around 115/65 or so by the afternoon.  Maybe that’s one reason why I’m feeling sluggish…..my blood pressure just not being what I’m used to it being.  My gut and everything else feels pretty good.  I really don’t feel much pain at all.  I did start taking magnesium again to try and clear up the constipation, and I think that’s working.  Other than all those things, I’m doing pretty good.

My chicks are growing big!  They are still in the back porch, in the Rubbermaid tub, but they are quickly outgrowing that!  I was hopeful that I’d be able to get them out this weekend, but I think they will need to stay inside another week, at least.  The one nice thing is that they chicken coop is all set up for them, so on a nice day I can let them go play in there for a few hours.  Last weekend I did that, and they loved it!  Then, when I brought them back inside, they were just like a bunch of toddlers and snuggled up with each other for an early bed time.  They were exhausted!

My garden is looking SO good!  I had a vision for what I wanted to do this year, and I have pretty much done it all.  I’ve got close to 40 sugar snap peas coming up already.  I can see flowers on the strawberry plants.  The carrots are peaking their green heads up.  My herb garden is VERY cute, for the small space I have it in.  And all the other plants look good!  I love my back porch now that I’ve created all of these things, and I love knowing that I will be eating healthy organic produce this summer.

Finances are still tough for us, but we think we will be able to catch our house up in the next week or two.  It is scheduled for foreclosure at the end of May, so this will keep us from going down that path right now.  We are still believing in God for his providing in our lives, and doing our part down here!  We would be nothing without our faith……

That’s about it for now. 

ttyl

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2010 in Crohn's Journal

 

Communion

Hmmmm……

Today I encountered an interesting problem.  Suddenly, something I had grown up with and done my entire life, came into question because of my Crohn’s.  It was a simple matter, really.  A small piece of bread and a tablespoon of grape juice.  No harm, right? 

But as I sat there in church, knowing we were about to take Communion, my first thought was, “I can’t take it!”  I believe that Crohn’s has a strong link to the bacteria in our guts.  I believe the “bad” bacteria can be fed by sugar and starchy things.  I had no idea what was in the communion elements, and didn’t know what they would do to me.  I have not had bread or juice for almost 6 months.  It’s as much a mental exercise as it is a physical one for me, not having things like that.  I stay away because the temptation would be strong again in an instant.  Sure, in all reality that small amount probably posed no threat to me.  But on the other hand, I know that it ONLY takes a small amount of something to set my stomach on a downward spiral (remember my post about raisins in my chutney?  Just 6 raisins set my gut off).  And I didn’t want my determination towards my diet to be interrupted. 

Yet, in my faith as a believer in Jesus Christ, taking Communion is a somber and serious event.  When it is taken, it is a time to think back and remember and give thanks for all that Jesus has done in our lives.  Considering the amount of times we sin and screw up, that’s no big feat that he died for us and those things don’t count against us anymore!  Without being able to partake, I would have thought I was missing the key part of this holy time.  I could not come before God and remember what his son did.

I honestly was faced with a severe dilemma.

After a moment’s pause, I took a step of faith.  I said to myself, “God will protect my gut from any adverse reaction.”  I chose to engage in the remembrance time, and not be afraid.  I chose to put my faith in My God above all else that was happening to me and around me.  I chose to believe.

A simple thing? 

Yes, it is. 

But it has oh so much weight for my life.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2010 in Crohn's Journal

 

Blood Pressure

So, on Wednesday morning I passed out.  Apparently my blood pressure dropped when I got out of bed, and consequently, I dropped to the floor.  Oh, but it was a nice 5 second nap that I kinda wish my husband had not interrupted!  Anyway…..

The rest of the day I was kinda light headed.  At one point in time I fell asleep while talking with my son.  I just couldn’t keep my eyes open.  I know now that my BP must have dropped at that point in time. 

On Thursday I just took it easy.  I checked my BP often.  It started out around 107/57 in the morning.  At one point in time, when I felt myself getting really drowsy, it was at 91/51.  It took until the afternoon for it to get normal (117/72) for me.  Usually, I run right around 120/80.  I was able to talk with my doctor that morning, and he feels my thyroid is still not functioning as it should, and this is part of what is causing me to have the low BP.  He has me on Cytomel and Levoxyl now in order to try and regulate my thyroid.  He also said to make sure the drink lots of water and use more salt.  I’m trying!

We are also going to take my IV’s down to half strength.  Dr. John (my Naturopath) feels that maybe we are pushing the detox too fast with the IV”s, and we need to back off and take it slower for a while.  Dang!  I felt like they were doing some good for me, and I’m skeptical that dropping them down will do any good at all.  But alas, I needed to decide which way I was going to go, and I chose to trust this doctor and see what has happened.

The good news?  We checked other things with my blood, and the CRP and SED rates (both good markers for inflammation) had dropped significantly.  Hooray!  I’m glad to see that something is happening inside that’s good!

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2010 in Crohn's Journal

 

IV #6

Okay, quick post on this.  I got the IV on Tuesday, and everything seemed fine.  I had energy that night, and was excited to see how long this one would last.  See my next post on blood pressure to find the rest of the story.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2010 in Crohn's Journal, Doctor Journal

 

Quick Crackers

I just love this recipe!  It really satisfies my need for something crunchy and salty.  🙂

Quick Crackers

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.  Turn the mixture onto parchment paper.  Put a second sheet of parchment paper on top.  With a rolling-pin, roll the mixture between the parchment paper sheets until it is very thin.  Remove the top sheet of parchment paper, put the other sheet with the rolled-out mixture on a cookie sheet, and bake it in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes or until the edges start to turn too brown.

taken from www.nomorechrons.com

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2010 in Breads, Recipes, Sides

 

Passed out

Well, today something different happened.  I got up out of bed, took about 4 or 5 steps, and passed out.  I woke up flat out on the ground to my husband standing over me yelling my name.  I don’t think I was out for more than a few seconds, but it probably scared him nonetheless!  I remember looking up and him and thinking, “I’m tired!” and then, “what am I doing on the floor?”  We took my blood pressure to see if that was the culprit.  117/72, which is pretty normal for me, with a pulse of 72.  Nothing to be scared about.

It was probably just a case of getting up too fast, but I’ve gotten wibbly-wobbly more often in the morning since getting Crohn’s.   I’m not sure if it is due to the malabsorption issues, or what.  When it has happened in the past I’d just get real shaky, but I haven’t passed out from it for decades. 

I’ve been a bit light-headed throughout the day today.  That’s not necessarily normal for me.  I have to watch it when I stand up, and give myself a moment for the blood to start running the right way.

I did get my 6th IV yesterday.  I’ll call the doctor tomorrow, because my energy seems to be off from what I’ve experienced on the previous IV’s.  I don’t think this has anything to do with it, but just to make sure…….

I’ll let you know what he says!

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2010 in Crohn's Journal