I am still alive and kicking. Haven't been kicking very forcefully though, because my Christmas gift was .... a cold. Yup. That's what I got. And other than two sort of sniffly days last year the first real honest to goodness cold I've had since 1995. It was a doozy. I hope my body has now renewed its vows with some wicked cold antibodies and that together we are good for another wonderful 15 years of cold free bliss...
After a full 13 days of varying stages of feeling crappy....I declare this...the 13th....to be the end of it.... although, I still don't think I sound like me when I speak. Maybe one more day. The usual 10 to 14 days plus lingering symptoms for 3 weeks is definitely at work here.
Yesterday... when I was still at the giantpuffballforahead stage, I tried to get some appointments organized...ohhhhhh....I wish I had waited one more day. I had to actually drive to two separate doctor's offices because I couldn't get past hanging on this end of the phone waiting to speak to a real person. Nobody seemed to be answering phones when I walked in either...hmmmm.... and then the confusion that ensued between me not asking the right questions or the receptionists not getting my drift or them not being very helpful. I felt totally confused, small and very weary by the time I pulled the van into the driveway.
I do now have an appointment with a specialist for my ongoing elbow problem and am organized with more physio. I can't believe how quick the doctors are to assume a person just wants more or stronger painkillers. Without even looking at you really. Just walk into the room and ask what you are taking and if it is covering the pain. I don't want painkillers doc....I want this darn arm fixed. Shocked silence. Not my regular doctor, but still.... I have been suffering ...without pain killers .. just taking an occasional Ibuprofen more for the anti inflammatory part of it... since August ...with October being the very worst and when I could hardly move the arm..... which I told her. More silence. We finally got on the same page, as they say.... and she referred me to a guy I have seen before.. for other injuries, but, he is backed up 4 months... and, I'm definitely not waiting that long as it has already been far too long. So... his 'second'... and in the same office ... good enough.
Nobody knew where she worked at the onset though, so it was a confusing thing to take my referral note to the first guy's office only to have the receptionist say she would put it on the desk after saying he couldn't see me for months. Huh? Whose desk?...why the second doctor of course. Oh, silly me...of course...sheeesh.... I had no idea she worked in the same office. ..and nobody actually said... oh, well...loong story shorter...I'm organized. I wrote it all down. They can't fool me forever. But, needless to say I felt like an idiot after the conversation went around in circles long enough for the actual doctor to come out of her office to try to clear up the conversation...only to be sucked into it totally and from there ... it got even worse..hahahhahahha.... oh, brother.
Enough of that.
I had some cranberries left ...fresh ones. So, I found some relish/chutney recipes and made some. I have no idea what the difference is really, although some references point to chutney being more about fruit than vegetables..as is relish. Jury still out I think.
As usual, it's my own concoction anyway...and does have some onion in it... along with some orange peel and other goodies. Mmmmm... it is yummy. And, seeing as the days after Christmas are pretty much a blue blur...I will be using it soon. Because now I have some energy, and am planning to make Tortiere...which is usually a French Canadian Christmas Eve tradition. I didn't get around to making one, and now...I want one. With a big dollop of my new chutney beside it. Which I managed to do just fine even with my puffball head. Maybe making it up as I went along was better than trying to actually read directions ..hahha.... but, honest...I did read some of it.... really I did. I just improvised a bit...... to make my life easier. And..it would seem.... pretty tasty at the same time.