Thursday, July 28, 2011

Italian Meatball Hoagies

These meatballs were absolutely delicious and easy to make. A huge hit at our house, the kids even loved them.  You really MUST make these!
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4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons parsley flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 lbs ground beef
2 cups saltines, crushed ( about 60 crackers)
2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 (6 inch) submarine buns, sliced
mozzarella cheese (optional)
1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients.
2. Crumble beef over mixture and sprinkle with cracker crumbs.
3. Mix gently.
4. Shape into 1 inch balls.
5. Place in ungreased 15x10 inch baking pan.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
7. Drain on paper towels.
Directions (cont.)
8. For Sauce:.
9. In a large sauce pan, combine the tomato sauce, parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, parsley and salt.
10. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
11. Add meatballs.
12. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until heated through.
13. serve meatballs and sauce on buns. ( I put mine in the oven on broil before putting meatballs on it so bun wasn’t soggy. I also put it on broil to melt cheese)
Top with mozzarella cheese if desired

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Frozen in Time

There is nothing more frightening then waking up at 3:00 in the morning unable to move your arms and legs. Not my ideal way  to wake up at all! I was dreaming the other night and in my dream my hip and leg was killing me. LOVE waking up to pain from my dreams! As I was drifting in and out of sleep I couldn’t decide if I was I was just so tired that I couldn’t move or if I really couldn’t move.   Sure enough, I really couldn’t move. I laid there for a bit on my left side and was eventually able to move and roll to my right side and drift back to sleep. And just because I am so lucky, it happened again and again once I made it to my back. Well that got even more fun, because now not only could I not move, my breathing was getting difficult and then came the tears. The tears tend to come out of nowhere and I can’t control them. Since my breathing was getting weird and there was a tightening in my face and neck I decided I should wake up Jeff. Nothing like being woke up to a crying wife that can't move, bless his heart. He rubbed my arms for me and after a few minutes I could move again.
Once again I am left apologizing for waking him up and feeling like an ass because I can’t control my body. All I managed to say was, “At least I didn’t pee the bed.”

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Neuro Update

Well the latest Neuro visit went well I suppose. It is difficult to understand the doctors European accent most of the time, but he is very thorough and informative. My LP came back negative, meaning that no MS or other virus’ showed up in my spinal fluid. My EEG, VER and BAER were all negative as well. As far as my blood work goes, who the hell knows. The lab never sent the results over to his office, so now I have to wait for them to call the lab to get the results.

He discussed all of the different medications for MS with me and gave me information on Rebif and is going to have the nurse contact me so she can come to my home and show me how to use it properly. That is, as long as nothing else shows up in my blood work.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Date night

I get to go on a date with my hubby next Friday night, I am so excited! It’s been months since we have been on a date. We will be eating supper at the Cove and then watching the game. Afterwards they are shooting off fireworks and then showing Star Wars on the video scoreboard. I know to most of you ladies that doesn’t sound like a very romantic date, but if there is one thing that I do know about my husband, his two loves are me and baseball. And I’m not so sure in that order either, lol. Whatever makes my husband happy, makes me happy. He has been working so much overtime  and never complains. He deserves a night to relax and we deserve a night out of the house with no kids around. Besides, I think my recliner and his spot on the couch could use a breather and time to pop back into shape. Hey, and really it’s about me getting out of the kitchen.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Not So Bad

Well I showed up for my appointment this morning at 9:00 and was prepared for the long hours ahead. The first test we did was the EEG. I sat in a nice comfortable recliner where the technician placed the electrodes on my head. Then I reclined and got all relaxed with the help of the sound of the ocean. She then had me open and close my eyes a few times, take deep breaths and then with my eyes closed turned on a strobe light. That was my least favorite part, even with my eyes closed it was sooooo blinding. The whole process took maybe about 30 minutes. After removing the electrodes, we moved to the room next door where another big comfortable recliner was waiting for me. Once again I sat down and relaxed while she put more electrodes on my head. Then she gave me head phones to put on, it began with little clicks on the left side,  that lasted for a few minutes and then it switched to the right side. That was all for the Auditory test, next was the Visual test. I had to put a patch over my right eye and watch a little white square in the middle of a black and white checkered pattern that constantly moved, then switched to the left eye. That was the end of all the testing. She didn’t do the one that zaps you, as I call it. So after thinking that I was in for hours of fun, all in all I was only there for about an hour and a half.