They kindly confirmed what I had suspected, and changed some of my meds, that didn't work after a couple of days, so they had me come in and meet with a Nurse Practitioner. Very nice lady who happened to take a copy of my EKG out to talk to one of the docs in the office when the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist Dr. happened by, and just in a moment of grace, saw my EKG and said, "Well, I can fix that" - A cure - who knew?
That started me on the path to a Cardiac Ablation that was performed on Monday Oct. 12. The pretty flowers above - they are from my sisters - to wish me well after this very successful procedure. I have to tell you that from the time I walked into the Surgery Center at 7:30 a.m. on that Monday until the time I walked out the door at about 4:30 p.m. (*pulse rate 63 beats per minute) I felt loved and cared for. It was really an amazing day and, quite frankly, miraculous. (And, I was able to be back at work on Wednesday afternoon to be at a dinner meeting that I had been working on for 6 weeks).
I feel much better now, and hopefully this will be the end of that issue. Oh, and the kitties - they stuck to me like glue for about three days after I got home. I think they took their nursing skills very seriously! And many thanks to all of you out there who included me (and my doctor & his team) in your prayers last week. I'm sure it made a difference!
|One Pot Chicken & Vegetable Stew|
Last year for Christmas I got myself a Williams-Sonoma 7 qt. Non Stick Dutch Oven. I had (ahem) "destroyed" my big soup kettle by draining all the water out of my green beans, but unfortunately putting the pan back on the burner with the burner still on. Ahem - really toasted that pan. So I'd been on the lookout for a new 7 or 8 qt. pan, and boy, let me tell you, this is a nice one. You can see more about it HERE
This pan is perfect to cook soups or stews or a "fricassee" - It also is great to steam ears of corn, cook a nice pork loin roast (because you can brown it and then tuck it in the oven and let it finish cooking). I use it a lot. And without further chatting, here is my recipe
- In a non-stick Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat. Add chicken; cook, turning occasionally, until chicken is browned on all sides. Remove from skillet to plate.
- To same pan, add remaining tablespoon olive oil and the onion; cook over low heat until onion is softened and golden. Add the Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic granules and any other spices or herbs you might like. (you could use fresh garlic here - I just prefer the taste of the Tastefully Simple product)
- Add potatoes, zucchini & cabbage. (I have also added chopped carrots here) Add canned tomatoes to pot; cook 5-10 minutes longer. Add the chicken stock. Cover and cook until vegetables are tender crisp, stirring as little as possible so you don't mush up your vegies.
- Return chicken to pan; if desired, season with salt and
pepper. Cover; cook 10-15 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Buy a nice loaf of crusty Italian bread to go with this and you'll have a tasty supper. It probably makes enough for 6 or so people, or 2 people for two nights. Enjoy.