Saturday, September 5, 2020

Vascular Clinic, Again, Rides, Goodies, Late,

I was so annoyed on Friday morning to go check on my blog to discover it had disappeared into the wild blue yonder or cyber space. I don't pretend to understand why that happens.

Obviously I was telling you all about my visit to the Vascular surgeon. He asked me which leg was the worst and, I told him the left and so having looked at the CT scan report, he decided to start with the right leg. Apparently with all the calcium I have in my veins it appears it will be difficult to insert a big enough stent as the calcium is hard and doesn't stretch. I asked if there wasn't something to dissolve calcium and he said no. He also told me I could only expect 50% improvement once the operations were completed. I have to have 2. On roughly 2 months after the first depending on my recovery etc. No all I need is a date and then I have to arrange for Matt to go into a home. I hope they can take us both because I won't be able to look after myself.

Ladydog brought Subs today which I gobbled before I left and then she stayed with Matt whilst I was out. I was picked up by CSC and a different driver was assigned to bring me home. Turned out ot be Rick whom I got to know pretty well.

During the afternoon, our neighbour who is now our cleaner, knocked on our door with some goodies she had just cooked. She said Happy Birthday early. They were good. I called her later and said Matt thanked her, I thanked her bu my hips didn't. She said 2 out of 3 was pretty good.

Anyway, I slept late this morning. Only just got up in time to let the PSW in. So better go get myself respectable.

I had intended to cook the fillet of cod that I bought and looked for a recipe which I found as follows. Howver, the next day, I found an Instapot version, only I hadn't de-frosted the fillet and of course it wouldn't fit in my Instant Pot.

Mediterranean baked cod recipe with lemon and garlic

Best baked cod recipe out there! Prepared Greek style with a few spices and a mixture of lemon juice,
olive oil and lots of garlic. Bakes in 15 mins!

1.5 lb Cod fillet pieces (4–6 pieces)
5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
Lemon Juice Mixture
5 Tbs fresh lemon juice
5 Tbs Private Reserve extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbs melted butter
For Coating
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground coriander
3/4 tsp sweet Spanish paprika
3/4 tsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

1. Mix lemon juice, olive oil, and melted butter in a shallow bowl. Set aside

2. In another shallow bowl, mix all-purpose flour, spices, salt and pepper. Set next to the lemon juice mixture.

3. Pat fish fillet dry. Dip fish in the lemon juice mixture then dip in the flour mixture. Shake off excess flour.

4. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat (watch the oil to be sure it is sizzling but not smoking). Add fish and sear on each side to give it some color, but do not fully cook (about a couple minutes on each side) Remove from heat.

5. To the remaining lemon juice mixture, add the minced garlic and mix. Drizzle all over the fish fillets.

6. Bake in the heated oven for until it begins to flake easily with a fork (10 minutes should do it, but begin checking earlier). Remove from heat and sprinkle chopped parsley.

Yield: 4

This recipe has been edited adding step #5 to achieve more color and a more crispy texture.

Source: The Mediterranean Dish

Author Notes
Serving suggestions: Serve immediately with Lebanese rice and this Mediterranean chickpea salad or this traditional Greek salad.

Have a great day, stay well, stay safe.


  1. Two operations and only a 50% improvement??? Oh Jo, I hoped for better as I am sure you did.
    I am glad that you finally got some sleep though.

    1. Yes it is a bit disappointing. However, I suppose 50% is better than no improvement.

  2. Hi Jo - that's good to know how things are going with the plans for the surgery ... all the best for that.

    The cod sounds delicious especially with a Greek salad - definitely my kind of food ... all the best - Hilary

    1. I thought so, but I liked the idea of doing it in the Instant Pot. Thanks HIlary.

  3. This post appeared, so it really is a bit of a mystery what happened to the other one. It is not as though you haven't done this before. Seems like you are making progress in terms of your vascular surgery and I am sure that 50% improvement will be very much welcomed. Maybe staying away from those goodies might help too.....just sayin'!

    1. Yes, when I posted it, I couldn't find it, thought it had happened again. Not looking forward to it though. Naaah, I don't get goodies often

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    1. I thought I left a comment but the only thing here is my name.

    2. YOu did, saying you had been reading up on PAD and askinh i I had kidney stones. I replied. Dunnno what's going on with this

  5. Hey Jo, it's America's holiday today, not Canada's. Hope you are okay as there is no post here.

  6. Jo had a stroke early Monday morning. She is in hospital in Hamilton, which is the best place to be. We are still waiting for results from all of the tests etc.

    It seems to affected her left side but she can talk and is aware of things and quite opinionated about the food.(ha)

    Matt is in Grand River Hospital in Kitchener - mostly for safety's sake. He definitely can't be home alone anymore. He's comfortable and doing well. He hasn't processed anything but that's probably a good thing.

    Everything is progressing as well as it can. Both of them are safe and now we wait until we have answers and a plan for Jo's rehab and Matt's respite care. A number of social workers, nurses and other care providers are working on it.

    Sue and I are doing everything we can for them.

  7. I don’t know if you will see this Jo but I am thinking about you and I am glad you think Matt needs to go to a long term care home. . I hope you are doing ok

  8. Hi Jo - I hope all is well ... and that the blog isn't holding you up. More importantly - that your medical condition isn't causing lots of problems for you and Matt.

    Good luck - I gather yesterday was your birthday ... all the best - and let us know you're coping ... with lots of thoughts ... xoxo