Monthly Archives: January 2009

January Health Challenge

Jenna, from That Wife also issued a health challenge for the month of January. Since there are 40 minutes left in January, I deemed it prudent to post this now.

In an attempt to make myself healthier, I said that I would phone and make my dentist appointment that I’ve been putting off since September. Surprise, surprise, that didn’t happen. (I did start flossing my teeth more diligently, though!)

So, as my lame last minute explanation, I’m going to say that despite not making the appointment, I did put a lot of effort into my health in January. (My weekly appointments (usually last minute) with my doctor should be a testimony to that.) As you know, I’m suffering from depression, I haven’t been sleeping well, I don’t react well to many medications and so on. But, I have been working on that by going to weekly counseling and going to  my doctor’s office. To help me sleep, I even borrowed this “air filter/air ionizer” thing from my mum’s magnet obsessed friend that is supposed to help me relax.

Do you forgive me for not making my appointment? I will try to do it on Monday.

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I guess there are some redeeming features…

… my appointment with the psychiatrist has been moved up to February 11th! It’s kind of scary that one has to be a real threat to themselves before they take priority.

I’ve been doing my best to not sit around by myself to prevent negative thought spirals. (It’s sometimes hard at work.) Anyone have any suggestions to keep myself from thinking about that? Unfortunately, I cannot watch Law and Order SVU at work. I have tried to fill my social calendar as a safety net.

I’m currently taking a course at school, but I haven’t been able to go to the last two classes because I was too dizzy to do anything or at the hospital. It’s good thing I went tonight for I learned that my assignment is due next Tuesday! For a moment I thought it was due today and I had a mini freak-out.

My counsellor is on vacation next week and that makes me sad. So, I’m going to get my nails done instead. (I don’t really follow the logic,  but my mum suggested it and who am I to say no?)

What do you do when you’re feeling poorly/sorry for yourself?

On a random note: I have a penpal in Russia that I am terrible at writing to, but we found each other on facebook! She wanted me to come and meet her in Virgina two years ago – but I didn’t. Maybe I’ll  and visit her in Russia, but the travel warnings for lone tourists aren’t really that great. But at least if I wanted to stay there for over three months, I would pass the test for not having HIV. (Scroll down to Health Entry Requirements.)

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Alberta Healthcare really needs to be improved…

…because:

  1. You’re impressed that you get a room in less than an hour (the crazy person’s room – go figure) and the ER doctor actually comes and talks to you.
  2. You’re really impressed that you’re in an out of emergency in 6 hours even though you found out there is nothing else that you can do that you haven’t already done to prevent another episode.
  3. That the nurse was shocked that you got an appointment with a  psychiatrist in less than two months.
  4. After the 6 hours, you still didn’t see the on call psychiatrist.
  5. That there is a poster in the waiting room saying: “In a room or in the hallway – your treatment and care is first to us.” But why should people be treated in a hallway?

I know I shouldn’t complain as we have universal health care, but there are so many ways it could be improved. Some ways that I can think of:

  1. Have nurse practitioners in clinics – it allows the doctors to do things that can’t be diagnosed from an untrained eye. (ie. sinus infections, shots, stitches, colds, broken arms, etc.)
  2. Have a walk-in clinic at hospitals, so people without a GP aren’t taking up space in the emergency waiting room.
  3. Put extended care patients in an extended care centre so they aren’t taking up valuable resources.

At least Americans, if they  have money, can get the treatment they need when they need it. If I were more serious, I would definitely go down to the Mayo Clinic.

What are your thoughts on healthcare?

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Update: The Chocolate Cake Challenge – Gluten Free AND Dairy Free Style

In case there are any of you interested in making the recipe I used for the Chocolate Cake Challenge but wonder about a dairy free variety, wait no longer! (Note: This variation is going to be less sweet than the original, but that’s probably better for us anyways. 🙂 )

Cake Variation:
Instead of using 1/2 c. butter, use 1/2 c. dairy free margerine or shortening. Substitute 1 c. dairy free dark chocolate for the white chocolate. Proceed as Normal.

Frosting Variation:
Obviously, the cream cheese icing will not work. I suggest Chocolate Banana Frosting instead. Just substitute the butter with margerine and the milk with a milk substitute. Or, any dairy-free chocolate frosting can be used.

Enjoy!

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January: The Chocolate Cake Challenge – Gluten Free Style

Every month, Jenna at That Wife holds a food challenge. This month’s challenge is to make the best chocolate cake.

Let’s start off with saying that I love baking and wanted to join the challenge BUT I hate chocolate cake. I guess I’m weird that I’m very picky about what chocolaty things I consume. But not one to opt out, I decided to bend the rules and make a white chocolate cake. Food Network’s Banana White Chocolate cake complete with cream cheese icing to be exact.

To go against my own convention, I followed the recipe perfectly except that I used 1 1/2 c. of rice flour, 1/2 c. of tapioca flour, 1/2 c. of potato flour and 1 tsp of xathan gum as a substitute for the 2 1/2 c. of cake flour.

Well, I baked and iced the cake this evening and it’s basically a glorified banana bread with white chocolate but it is REALLY tasty. At least if Mr. Bean’s reaction is anything to go by. Now for pictures:

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Those are white chocolate shavings on top.

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