2019, In The Garden

Corn Speedwell (Veronica arvensis)

Yesterday, I found a new Winter annual on our lawn, I’ve never noticed before. Next to the Persian Speedwell, we have some patches of Corn Speedwell growing in our backyard. After I did some research, I found out that Corn Speedwell is not only a cute little plant. It can be used as an herb for anti inflammatory, tonic, expectorant and diaphoretic treatment. In ointments it can be used to treat skin inflamations, wounds and eczema.

Corn Speedwell (Veronica arvensis)

Beautiful January Winter Sunset (2)

This was a rough Sunday. My migraine started last night around 2 am, and I had to tough it out until this evening. I’m still not out of the woods. But I feel much better, than I was a couple of hours ago. The weather was beautiful, today. But I missed it all. I decided to go for some fresh air, on the front porch. The sun set already. But the afterglow still looked very beautiful. The rest of the evening, I’ll eat some fruits, turn on my essential oil diffuser, and take it easy. I hope, tomorrow will be a much better day.


I Like This Kind of Iron Rich Food

After my release from the hospital I took it easy for the rest of the day, yesterday. And I slept a lot today. Yesterday was exciting and exhausting. I needed some recovery. Kevin cooked good meals for us all day, today. This morning, I had a banana. Kevin put also banana slices and strawberry slices in my pancake. So delicious! He grilled for lunch. We had a flat iron steak, a little bit of potato and lots of vegetables. This evening, he made me a Chicken-Blue Cheese-Cranberry salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes and bell pepper. I had an apple after that, and mentioned: “Hm, that had been a good addition for the salad as well. I didn’t think of that.” And as a snack, I had Pistachios. I read up on them, that they are very iron rich nuts. It just so happened, they are on sale in our local grocery store this week. Yep, I really love this kind of iron rich food. ❤

Did you know, that pistachios are four times richer in iron, than almonds and cashews? (Pistachio is a nut in the cashew family.)

I hope, I will feel fit in the upcoming days. In the early mornings, the temperatures are not so warm. That gives me the chance to walk for a little bit and therefore I exercise my body. I need to get fit for our upcoming Utah vacation. And of course, I need to keep it going. I don’t want a scare like I had yesterday in the early morning hours, again. No fun!


Life Can Change In A Heart Beat

Well, one minute I was well. And in another, I had to wake up Kevin to call the paramedics. Last night, when I readjusted my blanket and covered up my feet, I began to feel dizzy. I tried to breath, but it didn’t want to get any better. My heart started to race, and it felt like it wanted jump out of my chest. Usually I don’t panic easily. But this scared me. I asked Kevin to call 911. Since the Fire Department is right around the corner from our street, they needed less than a minute. “There are so many fire fighters and paramedics here!” I’ve noticed. Five men were standing around my bed, and at least another two or three were standing in our hallway. I made it on foot to the stretcher. The paramedics took very good care of me, while we were getting to the hospital. While they checked my vitals, the machine told them, my heart beat was irregular. It was bouncing all over the place.

In the hospital, the nurses took my blood, information, asked me more questions and let me rest for a bit. Kevin arrived shortly later. He wanted to make sure, Katelynn was okay at home. Because she got startled, when she woke up to the noises in the house and saw emergency lights in front of her window. (Kevin explained more to her, when he came back from the E.R. She was very concerned about me. Sara slept like a rock, and had no idea what happened, until she noticed I’m not around.) When the blood work came back, the E.R. doctor explained to me, that I have low blood count and iron deficiency (Anemia). That explains, why my whole body went haywire. Since the doctors wanted to  put me on watch, I’ve got admitted to the hospital. They did more tests, blood work, more IVs to keep me from getting nauseated and a dose of iron. Kevin, Katelynn and Sara came for a short visit to see how I was doing and to find out, when I might be released.

At about 2:30 p.m. I was released from the hospital. Kevin picked me up. We went to pick up my medications at the pharmacy, before we arrived at home. After sitting in the arm chair for 15 minutes, I went to bed and slept for three hours. And it felt so good. Kevin cooked dinner, and it was great to sit all at the dinner table together.

I have to do more doctor visits and get checked out for a few things; go on a healthier diet and do some exercise. With other words, I have to change my life around. This was a wake up call. And it also explains, why I felt so sluggish over the last months and years.

I can say this for sure: Today was a very eventful day. Not as we all were expecting it, but it was eventful. But I’m glad to know, what is going on with my body and we can go from there.