Thursday, November 4, 2010

Cardiology Appointment

Chase has a cardiology appointment tomorrow (Friday) morning at 9:00 AM. It's his first cardiology visit since July 2nd (four months). While I'm super-ecstatic that he's been doing well enough to go four months between appointments, I'm also very nervous about the visit tomorrow morning. There are several reasons for this. First of all, I saw a "new" Chase at his one-year pediatrician check-up. He wanted NOTHING to do with medical stuff. He wouldn't cooperate to check his oxygen saturation, he cried when I put him on the scale to check his weight, he screamed at the top of his lungs when the doctor checked his ears, mouth and pushed on his tummy. Usually he's all smiles through these check-ups, and this time, he wanted nothing to do with it. So I'm very nervous how he'll behave for Dr. Horne. Of course we'll check his height and weight. Then his oxygen saturation. Then blood pressures on both arms and both legs. And an EKG. And the biggie: an echo. What's the likelihood that a 1-year-old will sit still through all of that during what is normally his nap time? I'm guessing not great.

Of course the other reason I'm very nervous about the visit tomorrow morning is that they'll find something. It's been four months since they've looked inside to see how his heart is functioning, how his valves look, if there is any narrowing or other unexpected findings. It's very scary not knowing. And I don't know. It could be an amazing appointment with wonderful news and six months before we'll need to return. Or it could be the opposite. There's no telling. So while I am nervous about the findings, I'm not worried. God already knows. I don't have to know, I just have to trust. And I do trust. Whatever lies ahead for us, God is in control of it all. He already knows, and all He asks of me is to trust Him and follow Him through whatever comes our way.

Am I scared? Yes.

Am I nervous? Yes.

Am I worried? No.

God is in control. All I can do is put my hope in Him and pray for a great report. Please join me in praying for Chase's appointment. Pray that he cooperates and handles things well. Pray that he is easily distracted. ;) Pray that mommy and daddy can figure out the right combination of things to help him get through the appointment while also allowing Dr. Horne and his staff to get all of the information they need. Thank you in advance for your prayers, and I'll be certain to post an update tomorrow!

Salsa Time!

I'm hosting a Pampered Chef party tomorrow night (I'm in DESPERATE need of a new $8.50 skinny scraper!) and am really excited about it. I love to host things. I love to cook, bake and make stuff. This isn't new to those of you who know me well or have been reading the blog for a while. So I have a nice list of yummy appetizers and finger foods to serve tomorrow night, along with the recipes the Consultant will be demonstrating. Yum.

One of the items on my list is restaurant-style salsa. I love me some salsa. And chips. And more salsa. And more chips. So of course I went to my trusty Internet recipe source: The Pioneer Woman. Lo and behold, she had a restaurant-style salsa recipe that I was totally stoked to try.

So I knocked it out this morning while the kids were eating breakfast. Then I tried it.

In the words of LO, "Oh, wow."

It was delish. And I can only imagine how much better it will taste after sitting in the fridge for a few hours, all the flavors and ingredients coming together in sheer bliss.

My only issue with the salsa spectacular this morning? Of course, the mess:

My food processor and I aren't on speaking terms. I don't know what the deal is (user error), but I'm always having problems with stuff falling out the center. And when I went to dump the salsa into a bowl, half of it spilled out the middle before I could get it to the bowl! I'm pretty sure this is my fault, since I removed the blade while the container was still on the food processor, so when I lifted the container (with nothing in the center), there was a lovely, gaping hole for it all to fall out of. Argh! Maybe I should read the manual...

But again, I can't reiterate enough how worth it this was:

I'm not ashamed to admit I had salsa for breakfast this morning... :)