Saturday, October 6, 2018


I woke up with bad diarrhea and throwing up on Friday. I didn't dare to eat anything and was still sick when it was time to go the Henry Ford hospital. So, I called. Nobody answered so I left a voicemail asking for another appointment.

I took a long nap in the afternoon. I did a load of laundry Friday evening.  And I ate another ham and Swiss cheese sandwich and potato salad for dinner (first thing I ate all day.) I didn't stay up that late.

I was woken up by a heavy thunderstorm around 4:00 a.m. and couldn't go back to sleep.


I didn't do a damn thing on Thursday except for making a sauteed mushroom, ham and cheese omelet for lunch. I had two ounces of mushrooms left from the Salisbury steak recipe. It was delicious!


It finally dried out enough so I could cut the front lawn. I was surprised at how many black walnut leaves have already fallen!

I made my slow cooker Salisbury steak. Unfortunately, I chucked the recipe so I can't tell you exactly how I did it. But, I put six ounces of sliced mushrooms and half of a sliced onion in the bottom. Then I layered the six patties on top. Then I mixed together 12 ounces of beef broth, a clove of minced garlic, two tablespoons of ketchup, two tablespoon of fresh Italian parsley, one teaspoon of Dijon mustard and a packet of McCormick's  brown beef gravy. I whisked it all together and poured it in the slow cooker. Then I turned it on low for the next five hours.

When  the time was up, I took the patties out and kept them warm. I mixed up some cornstarch and water and added that to the slow cooker. I turned it on high until the liquid had thickened. Then I added the patties back in  and turned the slow cooker on warm.

Then I peeled three large russet potatoes, cubed them and turned them into mashed potatoes. I put a patty and some mashed potatoes on a plate, topped both of them with the mushroom gravy and feasted!

I watched DIY shows until the Tonight Show came on. I switched channels and watched that until bedtime.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Tuesday (October 2nd)

It rained most of the morning on Tuesday. That was the third day of rain. I checked the rain gauge (which I not emptied since last Saturday) Wednesday morning and found I had gotten 1 1/2 inches of rain in the past three days.

I made a quick trip to Starbuck's and got a large hot chocolate (with whip) then stopped at the Looney bakery for some powdered sugar donuts (her favorite). Then I dropped both off at Time Out. Dan (one of the owners) was so happy to see me I stayed and ate lunch there. I had a cup of beef noodle soup and a grilled cheese sandwich with tomatoes on it. Sounds a bit weird, but it really tastes good. Next time I make grilled cheese at home, I'm gonna try it.

Back home, it was way too wet to cut the grass. So, instead, I made the patties for Wednesday night's dinner. I combined 1 1/2 pounds of ground chuck with an egg yolk, 1/4 cup of minced onions, 1/3 cup of Panko bread crumbs, three tablespoons of milk, one clove of minced garlic and salt and pepper to taste.

I divided that into six patties and then browned them over medium heat (about three minutes per side).

I let that all cool down and stuck them in the fridge.

I ate yet another ham and Swiss cheese sandwich (with Italian bread and Kraft Horseradish sauce) and a healthy amount of potato salad for dinner.

Sidebar: You know me and my troubles with deli potato salad.  I generally hate it and I don't make it myself as the mayo gets weird after a few days (I don't know how to make a small batch). But somebody (and I forget who) told me about Jack's potato salad. I only found two places that they have it (certainly not my go-to grocery store, Kroger's) but I can get it at VC Market (Six Mile and Inkster). It costs a bit more, but it's worth it. Tastes like homemade!!!

I watched my NCIS shows until bedtime.

So, this ain't working

Most of my notes were written without my reading glasses and are illegible. So, I'll summarize.

One of my doctor's test were for the nerves in my left hand. first it was shocking me (literally) and then needles. Turns out I have neuropathy and carpal tunnel in both arms, but it's only noticeable in my left arm and hand (some of which is numb).

Sidebar: I knew I didn't have a stroke!

The other test was a stomach ultrasound. That revealed a growth on my pancreas. So, I had to get an MRI in Ann Arbor at St. Joe's. My greenfield filter wouldn't let me get one at St. Mary's. 

The MRI confirmed the tumor. So, my doctor had me go to a doctor at St. Mary's. He reviewed the MRI findings and said I needed a biopsy. But they don't do the kind I need at St. Mary's so he referred me to a doctor at Henry Ford in Detroit (my choice). The other two options were both in Ann Arbor which is father out.

That doctor's office called and said my appointment for a consultation was on October 5th. They also requested a CD from both the ultrasound and the MRI. I said, "Didn't the doctor at St. Mary's fax over my records?" She said he did, but that was the results. This doctor wants to review the actual test. So, I made another road trip after calling both places.

Sidebar: Pain in the ass, but at least I know the guy is thorough. 

Other stuff: Mike Esper installed the Trend Micro software and fixed my computer.

His wife, Courtney, is going to drive me to the biopsy.

I finally got out of the house on Friday night (September 28th). I met Amanda in Dearborn (fifteen minutes away) at Painting with a Twist. I had to go to the bathroom a couple of times during the two hour class, but it was fun! I told her I owed her some donuts and a hot chocolate for making me get the hell out of the house. Here's my painting:


I completely missed my son Jeremy's wedding to Stefani last Sunday (I wrote 3:00 p.m. on the calendar but it was at 2:00). That really sucked and I felt bad. But I did make it to some of their reception. It was a circus (really).