Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Ultrasound, Mandarin, LHIN, Indigestion, GOAT,

I am gobsmacked, I have an appointment for Matt to have an ultrasound at 7:30 a.m., I normally get up somewhere between 7 and 8, I am not usually running around town at that time. Horrors. Luckily it isn't far away, but, just the same, 7:30. Shudder. It's not til the 22nd either. Guess they must be extremely busy.

Matt decided he definitely didn't want to go out to lunch, so I made his and then went to Mandarin to meet our friends on my own. It's Chinese New Year's so I stuffed myself on dumplings which I came to regret. Enjoyed my lunch though and it was good to see our friends. Boy was the place crowded though. They had trouble keeping the food going, every time we went out there were empty dishes. Not that we really went short of anything.

Got home and eventually ladydog arrived. She was there as kind of support when the Care Coordinator from LHIN came to see us. Her primary job was to do an assessment on Matt. I thought that had been done before, but I suppose it hadn't. Boy did it ever take a long time. We also asked her about getting a doctor in  the town where I live instead of about 40 minutes away. Nothing wrong with our current doctor except distance. ladydog also brought up the topic of Long Term Care homes etc. plus we also discussed what would/could happen it I go in for a hip replacement. I now have a sheaf of literature to read and lots of time to do it in. I suppose I could stop writing this blog and learning my Spanish!!! Anyway, the young lady left about 4:15 and ladydog left shortly after.

Before they left I had developed a chest pain which I initially assumed to be indigestion (see Mandarin and dumplings) I took a pill but nothing seemed to happen so I ended up taking my blood pressure which was pretty high. To be on the safe side, I called the ambulance. Think those guys had better move in here with the pair of us. The took a picture of my heart and my BP several times (forgot I had been told to chew aspirin). Whilst they were doing all this the pain did ease slightly and they said they didn't think I was having a heart attack but without my having blood tests they couldn't give me a definitive answer. Anyway, decided not to go in to hospital and apologised to them. They said better I called them than the alternative. They had a  learner with them too. She was doing pretty well. I told them I was now going to have a drink and they said, good thing, thin the blood down a bit LOL.

So, had a drink and reheated the Butter Chicken from last night. We then sat down, latish, to watch TV and of course Jeopardy G.O.A.T. It was actually pretty funny. However, I checked the Guide and was disappointed to see that it didn't continue tomorrow or even later so knew Ken Jennings was going to win. In a way I was disappointed as I wanted James Holzhauer to win, but as Alex pointed out it wouldn't make any difference to their status, Brad had won the most money ever on Jeopardy, Ken had won the most regular games, 74, and James had broken lots of Jeopardy records. However, I was sorry for Brad in that he didn't do too well at all. Mind you he still won $250,000. So, boo hoo, it's all over. The camaraderie between them was fun to watch, especially between James and Ken.

You couldn't have a much simpler recipe than this. And yes, I do have gochujang.

Tofu and Kimchi Stew

If gochujang hasn’t made it to your pantry yet, this stew recipe would also work with virtually any

1 Tbs vegetable oil
6 scallions, white and pale-green parts chopped, dark-green parts reserved
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled, finely chopped
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 Tbs gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
3 Tbs soy sauce
1 small daikon, peeled, sliced
½ cup kimchi
¼ block firm silken tofu

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over high. Cook white and pale-green parts of scallions, garlic, and ginger, stirring often, until softened and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add broth, then whisk in gochujang and soy sauce. Add daikon and gently simmer until daikon is tender, 15–20 minutes.

2. Add kimchi and tofu. Simmer until tofu is heated through. Carefully divide among bowls. Thinly slice reserved scallion tops and scatter over.

Servings: 4

Author: Alex Lau
Source: Bon App├ętit

Have a great day


  1. Yet another full on day.
    I am glad you got lunch out, and do hope the chest pain is gone.
    Fingers and toes crossed Matt's assessment comes up with something useful - for him and for you.

    1. Sure was Sue. Yes, it finally disappeared completely at bed time. Bit scary at the beginning of course.

      Think there might be some result from the meeting. Also got a lot of reading to do.

  2. Your doctor is 40 minutes away? That is ridiculous. Mine was five minutes away and they moved her office to 15 minutes away and we were both upset about it. Heck, I can drive from my home to Windsor in 40 minutes. Too far to drive for a doctor.

    1. I know, but getting a doctor is difficult Denise. She is a very good doctor and we have been with her for years. However, I agree 40 minutes is too much any more hence trying to find another more local.

  3. Wow! Take care of yourself, Jo. And hope after that meeting Matt gets the care he actually needs.

    1. I hope so too Alex. And yes, I am trying to take care of myself. Not always easy but thanks.

  4. Now I am going to worry about your chest pains. Keep me posted.

    My mom and grandma went to long term care for short bits of time. My grandmother to repair a hip and my mom for her broken back. My mom actually enjoyed the constant companionship and was organizing people to play cards. She liked it so well, we were trying to find one of those assisted living places where you have your own apartment (so you can have you own pet and guest rooms, if you want a 2 bed place) but has staff for emergencies and assistance. But we couldn't find any in our area and she wanted to stay near family- after her jaunt to Alaska!

    1. Don't worry Liz, it was reflux not heart. I have had that for years although must admit not so violently as far as I remember.

      I have all kinds of info from the Care Coordinator yesterday which I have yet to read. Like I have nothing to do. Some of it lists all kinds of homes I gather. Never heard of the type of assisted living you describe, but I may be out of touch.

  5. yeah the L group assessed my mom twice because, they dropped the ball the first time. They will reassess things each time you notice he has suffering more. I am glad they cam and answered those questions like when you are in the hospital and home right after. My doctor is good but also a 1/2 hour away

    1. Well hopefully results will arrive Birgit.

      Yes, too far away.