Archive for December, 2011

December 29, 2011

Clean out the OLD


Today has been one of getting rid of things before the New Year, mostly clearing out files on the computer. I tend to collect a lot of Photo and cartoon items….for one reason or another something strikes my fancy. Sometimes I search for stuff other times I may be reading the News or someones Profile on Facebook or other social networks. But I am a hordder when it comes to cartoons and photos…and then I do some photoshoping on them…sometimes many different ones.

But today was get rid of a lot of Copies good or bad…every year I am reminded of a time I was dating a young lady in Naples, It. She lived back up in the Old Allies of Old Naples. They are very narrow in some places you can’t fit a small car into one. Well we were up on her third flood balcony when this Drunk American Marine came staggering along. And people were throwing things out of their windows without looking or giving any Warning. And this Marine looked like he had already been hit with Garbage. As I was watching, up the way across the Allie, someone was getting ready to dump a Couch out of a fourth floor window. If the Marine kept on he would be under it when it reached the ground. I started to yell to him and kept on yelling, but he ether did not hear or didn’t care. But the couch slammed into the ground right next to him. And he just kept staggering along. I know GOD Loves Drunks and Fools.

December 24, 2011

My Hungarian Cabbage n Noodles


My Hungarian Cabbage n Noodles, This is the way I learned…Except for the Home made Noodles…this is pretty much the way my Grandmother made it…

Basic ingredients…this is a VERY RICH High  Calorie Recipe…almost everything in Hungarian Cooking is. Taste is what makes this Great…you get a Sweet/semi-Bitter Buttery Cabbage taste, very heave meal. It can stand by it-self or with a Pork Dish…with Apples sauce. Oh Yes it does take time to make…But I like to draw it out…

The cabbage needs to be Chopped or Shredded as small as possible…and Salted the Reason for this is to make the cabbage Bleed out the Water it retains…Cover over with a towel or cloth and let it sit for an Hour or more. Oh and also there are No Mesurments…you add a little of this and a pinch of that…Work it by Taste.

I use a Heavy course hand towel to squeeze out the Water from the Cabbage about two handfuls at a time.

Out of that Little Cabbage, I was able to squeeze out about 1 and 2/3 cups of Water. Break up the little cabbage balls as much as you can.

ADD Butter to the cabbage under low heat covered…stir occasionaly till translucent. It will be Very Bitter do to the Salt.

Adding Sugar to Taste while Browning and Stiring…Once you have it the way you want it (remember to taste) not just yours. Set aside Start water for Noodles.

After the noodles are done to your liking, ADD a stick of Butter too your Hot Noodles to loosen them up…

Add your Cabbage and More Butter if you want…I like More…

The problem with this is you are always sampling for Taste…So by the time it’s done your Full…(NOT)…but close…if you try it I hope you Enjoy…I can only Make and Eat it every so often, as I have said it is Rich and full of  Calories….

December 18, 2011

2011 @ VA Hosp.


This has been a Hell of a Year so far for me…normanaly I have one or two Major problems. But nothing like this year.

I quit Drinking many years ago and Smoking a few years back, now this year it seems I’m falling Apart.

I am going to try to set up a time line, not just for myself but a NEW Primary Care Doctor at the VA Hosp. after the First of the year.

About the 19th of Jan. seen Prim Care Dr./I was Not sleeping due to back pain problems and getting out of bed… had blood work done.

On the 20th Jan. Dr. called wants to see me / High Wht.Cell Count. Will see me on the 26th Jan.

Wed. 26th Jan. Dr. says Stop one Med/Stat Blood Work/BP-P High go EKG…Dr. wants me to have Transport home. Did not show…got home Pub. Transport, late evening. Very Tired n Stressed.

Fri. 28th Jan. AM Ok till afternoon Start Change by 5PM had Elevated BP n P…Called Hosp. told to call 911….

VA. ER, monitored, Dehydrated/Stress/Stopping Med. Given Meds. Sent home that Night.

Fri. 4th Feb. Prim Dr. called Stop taking one Inhaler…OK… no problem over weekend on Mon. 6th Feb. having problem breathing call Dr. Start Med. Again.

Mon. 14th Feb. Echo Test

Thu. 31st March, started having Pain Lower Rt. side Groin area. By 22:30 Pain was Hip to Hip w/stabbing Pain Lf. side. Called 911 transported to VA. Hosp. ER…admitted for Diverticulitis…Till Sun. 3rd.April sent home with Meds.

I have a Lump that became painful Left side of  my abdomen on, Thur. 11th Aug. L Pectus Muscle Hematoma/admitted/Sent home Mon. 15th Aug. w/Meds.

Now while I was at home the Swelling started to go down for a few days. Then one morning the Lump seemed Larger and it also look and felt like it had moved. It seemed to grow larger every few days….it started out about the size of a Quarter not just under the skin but deeper, No discoloration…but now over a week later its about the size of a Walnut and it is Moving. By the weekend of the 27-28th Aug. It was the size of my fist and had moved about 3 in. down and more to the center of my Abdomen and it was getting Painful.

I called 911 on Mon. 29th Aug. I was Admitted for Abdominal Wall Hematoma and Diverticulitis. The reason I had waited so long, we found out I was not Thinking very well. The hematoma had turned into an Infection and my Kidneys were shutting Down, I was a little out of it…I do remember a Doctor screaming in my Face about if I wanter to Live or Die. He wanted to put a Stint in my Neck…Well he did put it in. Also it seems they had put in a Foley Catheter and a Balloon in my Rectom. and a drain bag for the Abscess Puss from the Infection. I have been in the MCU for over a week, a Nurse from Physical Therapy comes in my room and wants me out of bed to use a Walker so she DRAGS me out of the Bed the Balloon in Rectom gets torn out. The Woman is dangerous…So now I am bleeding from there. So finally on the 12th of Sept.  after Two weeks they pat me on the Head say you are well enough to go home. But now along with my Abdomen problems, I have GI Bleeding…

I get a home Health Care worker to Help me. The Infection is gone the Swelling is down but I have problems bending over also cleaning my self. I am still having problems voiding my Stools and having Bright Red Blood in my Stool. I also having problems with Swollen Legs and My Hands. They say these will go down with time and Meds. Also I am Very Weak…I am Bleeding every time I Poop or Pass Gas. I have a Porta Potty within Arms Reach at all times.

OK so now it’s Wednesday 28th Sept. (My Birthday 64) I have come to the VA to see my Prim. Care…I am feeling OK just a little hungry, I ask my HC to get me a Candy Bar chocolate…When the Nurse checks my Blood Pressure and Heart Beat it’s all over the place…they ship me to the ER. It seems that I am Having an Arrhythmia (but I’m feeling fine) well they call the Cardiac Team and the get ready to Zap me(To get my Heart in Sync) when one asks if I had anything to Eat…I said yes a Chocolate Bar…Ok now they can’t Zap me. They have to wait…So they Admit me with Arrhythmia/GI Bleeding. They Zapped me that Night and I was still feeling OK…I stayed a week till Wed. 5th Oct.

So now we get to Fri. 4th Nov. at VA to see Heart Doc. while seeing HER she is telling all about how she will not be there and that she is e-mailing my Prim. Care about Heart Meds and that I should go see Him about them…I go see my Prim. Care and he fills Scripts but he does not fill the Heart Meds. I go home for the weekend with my Meds.

On Tues. 8th Nov. I am at the VA for a Cardio/Echo Test(now I am feeling OK) and as they Start the Test my Blood pressure is Very LOW…So it’s down to ER and I am Admitted overnight for Tachycardia Observation. Also sent me home with a Plastic Bottle to fill for a day of Urine Test..I did it and turned it in.

I have seen Prim.Care he is Retiring after 1st of the year…Also have, to have a Holter Monitor put on…the 27th Dec. It is the 27th I went in and they shaved parts of my Chest and attached the Electrodes and gave me my instructions. Today is the 28th I went in to the Clinic and had the Monitor removed and was told that I will hear from them if there is a Problem. (???)

That’s my Story so far…

December 17, 2011

The Last Two Days


Yesterday n Today I have been going to the VA Hosp. here in Miami….Yesterday just for a Follow-up Check-up with my Primary Doctor…Got some Bad News…nothing about me well maybe indirectly…No my Doctor ‘Dr.Napoles’ One of the Good Guys…One of the Few Docs that Remembered your name when you meet outside of the Office Visit. Is Retiring after the First of the Year. He is a Viet Nam Vet. from the early days. He told me that he has a few Patients that he is going to try to place with Good Docs also, instead of the VA just assigning you to any other Doctor. And that I am one of them…

Then when I get Home I find in my Mail that I am being cut from the Food Stamp Program (Hell it was only $16/M) after the first of the year becaus I will be getting more SSD. Not as much as I would like but more than $16…So I guess it evens out.

December 15, 2011

Remember


December 14, 2011

Interesting Day an Early Christmas Gift


Today started out like many other days in my mundane life. Watched Imus and the Fox business News…then decided to go to a Meeting. The noon meeting in Coral Gables. As I was sitting there I received an early Christmas Gift an Old Friend (Lover) came through the Door. After the meeting she came over to where I was sitting on my Walker and we were able to chat for almost a Half Hour.

It has been a few years since we have been able to talk and catch up…It was VERY enjoyable…I  actually miss being able to talk with her…Aside from being a LOVER…I do consider Her A Best Friend. 

Do to constraints of her Family Life with her Grandchildren we can not be together. But alas I can Dream. But as I have Said “an Early Christmas Gift.”

HoHoHo

December 10, 2011

Times may Change…


‎’Twas The Night Before Christmas,
He Lived All Alone,
In A One Bedroom House
Made Of Plaster And Stone…. I Had Come Down The Chimney
With Presents To Give,
And To See Just Who
In This Home Did Live.

I Looked All About,
A Strange Sight I Did See,
No Tinsel, No Presents,
Not Even A Tree.

No Stocking By Mantle,
Just Boots Filled With Sand,
On The Wall Hung Pictures
Of Far Distant Lands.

With Medals And Badges,
Awards Of All Kinds,
A Sober Thought
Came Through My Mind.

For This House Was Different,
It Was Dark And Dreary,
I Found The Home Of A Soldier,
Once I Could See Clearly.

The Soldier Lay Sleeping,
Silent, Alone,
Curled Up On The Floor
In This One Bedroom Home.

The Face Was So Gentle,
The Room In Such Disorder,
Not How I Pictured
A United States Soldier.

Was This The Hero
Of Whom I’d Just Read?
Curled Up On A Poncho,
The Floor For A Bed?

I Realized The Families
That I Saw This Night,
Owed Their Lives To These Soldiers
Who Were Willing To Fight.

Soon Round The World,
The Children Would Play,
And Grownups Would Celebrate
A Bright Christmas Day.

They All Enjoyed Freedom
Each Month Of The Year,
Because Of The Soldiers,
Like The One Lying Here.

I Couldn’t Help Wonder
How Many Lay Alone,
On A Cold Christmas Eve
In A Land Far From Home.

The Very Thought
Brought A Tear To My Eye,
I Dropped To My Knees
And Started To Cry.

The Soldier Awakened
And I Heard A Rough Voice,
“Santa Don’t Cry,
This Life Is My Choice;

I Fight For Freedom,
I Don’t Ask For More,
My Life Is My God,
My Country, My Corps.”

The Soldier Rolled Over
And Drifted To Sleep,
I Couldn’t Control It,
I Continued To Weep.

I Kept Watch For Hours,
So Silent And Still
And We Both Shivered
From The Cold Night’s Chill.

I Didn’t Want To Leave
On That Cold, Dark, Night,
This Guardian Of Honor
So Willing To Fight.

Then The Soldier Rolled Over,
With A Voice Soft And Pure,
Whispered, “Carry On Santa,
It’s Christmas Day, All Is Secure.”

One Look At My Watch,
And I Knew He Was Right.
“Merry Christmas My Friend,
And To All A Good Night.”

Written by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt in 1986

December 8, 2011

OK this is It…


I am moving my Blogs over here…Haveing problems with Google on the Blogspot site…this is a lot easer to navigate.

December 7, 2011

Test


It’s about 1700 Wensday 7 Dec. 2011…This is just a test Posting…