Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup w/Amish Noodles

October 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Posted in Chicken, Chicken Noodle Soup, My Own Creation, One-Dish Meal, Sick!, Soups & Stews | Leave a comment

Last night, Daniel wasn’t feeling well, so I fixed some homemade chicken noodle soup.


8 cups of water

4 chicken thighs

2 packets of Knorr’s Chicken stock

1 tbsp. of McCormick Perfect Pinch Roasted Garlic & Bell Pepper Seasoning

Dash of salt

Dash of pepper

1/2 package of Amish Kitchens Extra Wide Egg Noodles

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPour the water and Chicken stock packets into a nice, heavy pot.  Bring to a boil and add the chicken and spices.  Bring to a simmer and cover.  Cook for about two hours. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARemove chicken thighs and cut into bite-sized pieces.  If you would like, this is the time to add potatoes or veggies.  I added a potato and some corn.

Bring up to a boil and add noodles.  The bag of noodles I purchased said to let them boil for ten minutes but last time I followed those directions, the noodles were overcooked.  This time, I tested them after five minutes and they were perfect.

Serve with crackers.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA



October 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Posted in Sick!, Vertigo | Leave a comment

Last night was the absolute pits!

I subbed yesterday in a 1st grade classroom and felt fine.  Oops, let me back up to Sunday:  during Mass, I got nauseated and dizzy and had to leave early.  Sunday night I felt better and Monday was much better, so when I got the call Monday night to sub on Tuesday, I said yes.

Tuesday in school was fun.  I was busy with the children and felt good.

Came home around 3:45 and was chattering to my husband about my day when suddenly, I started to sweat and got very, very dizzy.  The room was spinning and I had to close my eyes to keep from falling off the couch.  He helped me to our son’s bedroom and turned on the fan to cool me off.

Next thing I knew, I had to race into the bathroom.  Hard to race into the bathroom when you’re dizzy but I managed.  After tossing my cookies, I stumbled back to the bed with hubby’s help.  Not even five minutes later, there I went again.  This happened a few times; I’ve lost track.

The last time, I remember almost falling down and then I started to cry.  My husband has a bad leg; it’s from the radiation therapy he received, so I knew it was hurting him to help drag me around.  I finally got to the bed and told him that I was afraid it was pancreatitis (had it for a week in May) and that I needed to go to the hospital.  He tried, bless his heart, to get me up and to the car but I was so dizzy and scared that I’d knock him down, so I finally told him to call an ambulance.

He had to round up the cats and put them in the spare room; he couldn’t get Stripey, but thankfully Stripey hid and didn’t try to go out the front door when the ambulance arrived.  I remember one EMT talking to me, asking me what was going on.  I was dripping sweat and my nose was runny and the room wouldn’t stop spinning, so they walked me out to the ambulance bed.

On the way to the hospital, they put in an IV and those patches that check your heart rate; one EMT kept asking me if I had any cardiac problems, that I remember.  I don’t remember much else, besides asking if Ron was coming.  I kept trying to throw up in one of those little baggies…yuck.

At the hospital, the nurses stripped me and put me into a gown.  Then I started throwing up again.  They put the blood pressure cuff on me and took my temp when it was safe…they didn’t believe the reading, so they took it under my arm but still didn’t believe the reading…well, you can guess where the thermometer went next…after three tries my temperature kept coming to 95.4 degrees.

Someone ran out of the room and got an inflatable blanket that warmed me up.  My teeth were chattering.  I started getting hot and pushed the blanket off; I’m not sure how much time had passed but when they took my temp it was only 95.7 degrees.  My blood pressure was fine.  Not sure why my temp was so low?

The lab came and drew blood, the nurse gave me some meds for the nausea and the pain in my gut and finally the doctor came in.  My husband told him we thought it was pancreatitis so that’s what they were going to check for.  Well, the labs came back normal.  I was still dizzy so the doctor did a neurological exam and looked into my eyes and said I had “vertigo” which is an Alfred Hitchcock movie.  He was puzzled over my temperature, too.  The weather outside was nice, not too cool and I surely hadn’t been locked in a freezer, so why was I registering so low?

The nurse gave me something in the IV for the vertigo and eventually they sent me home.  I think it was around 9:00 when we left.  Stopped at the drive-thru for a plain hamburger and went home and fell into bed.

Daniel spent the night at my mom’s and so this morning, hubby woke up to go over with clean clothes and to take him to school.

I got out of bed around 11 am and showered, fed the cats and feel better.  A bit woozy.  The doc last night gave me a prescription for the vertigo (I keep seeing Alfred Hitchcock) but I decided to call my family doc to see her and find out what’s up.  Maybe it’s an inner ear infection?  The ER doc barely looked at me last night.  I have an appointment to see my family doc at 3 pm.

It’s never boring around here.


September 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Posted in Busy, Busy!, Gone Fishin', Sick!, Tennessee Vacation 2010 | Leave a comment

Exhausted on a Friday Night

What a week. I’m still not feeling 100% even though I’ve been on my second antibiotic since Tuesday. It made me so nauseated the first day so I got some of that acidophilus (did I spell that right?) and am taking it twice a day with the antibiotic.

Worked hard today! It wasn’t very busy but I found stuff to keep myself occupied When I got home my feet were killing me and I had a headache and so I begged to be taken out for dinner. Yay! We went out. I had BBQ ribs, Ron had a chef salad and Daniel had a pork tenderloin sandwich.

Tomorrow we’re going to Roaring River. Starting at 9:00 a.m., they’re having clean-up day and it lasts until 1:00 and they’re serving a free lunch to those who help. I’m sure it’s not a big to-do (the lunch) but considering the fact that we spend pretty much every weekend there fishing, we have a responsibility to go help keep the park clean.

After we help clean, we’re going to fish a while. The guys went today and only Ron caught something; it was so small, he tossed it back.

I have to make a reservation for the remainder of our Thanksgiving vacation in the Smoky Mountains. We get two nights at the resort for nothing, but we want to stay a couple of extra nights. Ron has points through Holiday Inn and hopefully one of the nights will be free. Oh and we’re staying at a Bluegreen Resort, NOT a Westgate Resort. Gee, did I get tangled up LOL

I just discovered on Twitter that the POPE has his own Twitter. I’m going to follow him! How cool is that?


September 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Posted in Being Catholic, Sick!, Tennessee Vacation 2010 | Leave a comment

So it’s Saturday!

I’m feeling a bit better today; decided to go to Walmart for groceries and it about wore me out.

Discovered a TON of mail in my e-mail box this morning from the Gatlinburg, TN area cabins and hotels and B & Bs. I wrote the main website, Gatlinburg visitor’s center for information and now everybody is sending me info.

We’ve decided that we’re going to Gatlinburg for Thanksgiving! Why wait? Ron will hopefully feel good still and we are going to take the two nights that the resort is giving us plus we’ll stay a couple of extra days/nights just on our own.

Oh and BTW, all day yesterday I was spelling Gatlinburg wrong – it’s NOT spelled Ga-I-tlinburg, it’s GATLINBURG!

Oh well!

So we’ll call the vacation people on Monday to schedule our Thanksgiving vacation.

Tonight we’re going to confession at 5 pm, then coming home to fix pizza. I mistakenly thought that tomorrow we would be the Family in Liturgy and that I would be helping Father Paul serve communion, but that’s not until next week…duh! Must be the fever affecting my brain LOL

Time to do some laundry…it never goes away, even when I’m sick!

Gee, I hope I can get to the casino with Ron tomorrow. I really really want to FEEL better and have some FUN. This laying around moping and whining is really getting to me.

~ Patty

Bleah! I hate being sick!

September 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Posted in Being Catholic, Casino Fun, Gone Fishin', Sick! | Leave a comment

Still feeling yucky

But at least I can talk today. Yesterday I was totally froggy. I’ve been using Daniel’s nebulizer and wow, it makes me hack up stuff but maybe that’s the idea (sorry, TMI).

This morning the guys went fishing; there’s no way I could have gone with them, feeling the way I do. Hopefully they’ll have fun and bring home some trout.

Yesterday Daniel went to grab a pizza out of the freezer downstairs and he told me that the pizza was thawed out. HUH? Well, Ron and I checked it out and it seems as though the door to the freezer wasn’t shut all the way. EVERYTHING had to be tossed out including a whole mess of trout.

I need to feel better, I’ve got tons of laundry to do and we’re going to confession tomorrow afternoon; Mass is Sunday, we’re the Family in Liturgy and I’m giving out Communion with Father Paul.

We’re going to see how I feel on Sunday and if I’m up to it, Ron wants to take me to one of the casinos out west. We’ll have my mom watch Daniel. Ron and I haven’t had much fun lately; all we seem to do is have doctor’s appointments and tests and that gets old. We need some fun. Maybe we’ll win a bunch of money on the slot machines LOL

~ P

Sick! But…

September 9, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Posted in Sick! | Leave a comment

..at least it’s not pneumonia!

Took my husband in to see the family doctor today and while we were there, she listened to my chest. Didn’t like the way it sounded, so she ordered an X-ray. Thank God, the X-ray didn’t show pneumonia. She gave me a shot of steroids and tomorrow I’m to start oral Prednisone. Also she wrote me a note to stay home from work tomorrow and Saturday, or else I could get worse. I have to get well! I don’t get paid sick days!

Daniel is feeling better, thank goodness!

~ Patty


September 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Posted in Sick! | Leave a comment

Daniel was sick last week with a fever and cough and missed school on Thursday. He seemed better over the weekend. I started feeling sick on Thursday and on Friday, started running a fever. Saturday my fever hit 99.3* and of course, there was no doctor available except for the ER and that’s the last place to be on a Saturday. Not even the Urgent Care Center in town was open. Daniel woke up fine and went to school and I went to work on Tuesday, after doping myself up with Tylenol. My supervisor allowed me to switch my half-day to Tuesday so that I could go to the doctor. The doctor said I had bronchitis as well as a sinus infection and told me to stay home today. She even wrote me a note!

Last night, Daniel came home from school feeling puny again. He tried to do homework but couldn’t concentrate. By 5:30 he was asking to go to bed. What?? We told him to go lay down and he didn’t wake up until 6:00 this morning. No fever, but still very puny so we took him to the doctor.

Bronchitis and a sinus infection, and she wants him home tomorrow.

So he and I are both on antibiotics; he’s got cough syrup and is to use his nebulizer if it gets bad. We’re both coughing up yellow gunk and blowing it out of our noses – TMI!

I’m praying that we get well SOON and that Ron doesn’t get sick. Could be very bad if he does. He’s going in to see the doctor tomorrow for a med check. I asked her today if we could get a family discount because I was in Tuesday, Daniel went in today (Wednesday) and Ron will be in Thursday. I made her laugh LOL

~ Patty

It’s Monday….

April 12, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Posted in Cancer, Emergency Room Visit, Sick!, Stress Stinks! | Leave a comment

Last week sucked. Big time.

Saturday woke up with the earache.

On Sunday I had a stomach ache…felt like I was dumping although I hadn’t eaten much nor had eaten any sugar.

Tuesday my stomach was still hurting, so didn’t go to work. Got an antibiotic for the earache.

Wednesday went to my new therapist. After waiting 20 minutes, asked where the heck he was…wasn’t even in the building. He claims he told me my appointment was at 10:15 not 10:00 and he turned it into MY fault that he was late anyway. Walked out on that jerk and am not going back. Will go see the same therapist that Daniel is seeing. Thankfully she is taking new patients.

Wednesday night was having chest pains. Ron helped me to calm down and realize that it wasn’t a heart attack.

Thursday woke up with my right side numb. Couldn’t feel anything. Went to the ER and they said it wasn’t a stroke.

Friday went to my family doc and she put me on an anti-anxiety drug and told me to find some release for all this stress that I’m under.

Saturday, Ron was very emotional and remembering special times we had and we cried a lot, he and I.

Sunday he couldn’t eat much all day. Daniel and I worked outside Saturday and Sunday. I realized that I’m going to have to sell the house because me and Daniel won’t be able to keep it up after Ron is gone.

Crap. I’m praying that THIS WEEK will be BETTER!

~ Patty

So, it’s April already…

April 6, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Posted in Cancer, Sick! | Leave a comment

Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess.

Are we having fun yet? LOL

Things are going well. Ron is tolerating his chemotherapy medicine for the most part. He isn’t eating well these days. Yesterday he told me that all he ate were some cookies after work. Then for dinner he had some fruit and cottage cheese. Today he had some soup for lunch and then a bit of pork fried rice for dinner, along with two egg rolls.

Daniel is doing okay with everything, I suppose. As well as expected. Yesterday we three went to see Daniel’s therapist and had a good session. He (Daniel) asked the other day if Ron was going to die from this cancer and of course, we couldn’t lie to him. It was the hardest thing Ron ever has had to do, to tell him the truth. Then last week, Daniel asked me if it were true…he’s struggling with everything, poor kid.

I suppose we’re all struggling with the reality that is our lives.

God is here and will see us through. There are moments where I can hardly breathe, and then I have to concentrate on that fact…God is good, He is not abandoning us in our time of need.

Thank you, friends, for the prayers and support.

Oh and to make my week just a bit happier (sarcastic laugh) I have a double ear infection. Ouch!

~ Patty

wow, another post…2 days in a row…wow!

September 28, 2009 at 6:13 pm | Posted in School!, Sick! | Leave a comment

Today my son stayed home sick with a cough and congested nose. No fever, thankfully. Just in case (since I just got over the flu), I called his allergist for support. He said to increase his Veramyst nose spray and to give him Sudafed. I had to go to the pharmacy for the Sudafed and give them my driver’s license to buy it; maybe they’re worried I’d make meth with it? Seems like that’s what people down here do with it.

Anyway, I hope he’ll be fine to go to school tomorrow. I missed work last Tuesday and don’t get sick days. And it’s not good for him to miss school!

Tomorrow is picture day at school. I have to find that envelope they sent home a few weeks ago. Why do they send envelopes home weeks in advance? Don’t they know my kitchen is a disaster and that by now the envelope is buried under other paperwork?!?

Oh well.

~ Patty

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