Well, we're no closer to eating our way through all the left-over ice cream, because, wouldn't you know it, this whole week was spent in the hospital.
UtHC life was put on hold when we took 2 year-old Mateo to emergency Sunday morning. Five days later, after x-rays, an ultrasound, CT scan and emergency surgery for him, we are HOME.
Oh, there was also a lot of prune cocktail served up too.
I now know words like 'Otolaryngology' and 'Retropharyngeal', and learned a few more things, which I share below just because.
Since this is a food blog, I won't discuss in detail Mateo's condition, but if you are a parent with a child under 5, I recommend you at least skim read this article that gives specifics.
I'm sure you would agree it's better to be informed....and not completely surprised, as I was, that a stiff neck could prove to be a life-threatening medical situation.
So nope, no recipe this week. My fridge is in a terrible state (as are the houseplants.) Instead, I leave you with the ramblings of a sleep-deprived mind, which I won't be at all offended if you skip altogether.
- Mateo owes a lot to the team at the MCH, but my freezer stash of Chocolate-Chip Chili may have saved my life. It certainly was the best thing I ate over the past 5 days.
- There are still plenty of good people in this world. I'm thinking in particular of the gift-shop saleslady who gave me diapers when I had no cash on me, yet a -ahem- reoccurring sticky situation in Mateo's pants.
- Be thankful for those hospital delays, because I've discovered the pace tends to really pick up when a little life is threatened.
- Librarians are pretty rad, especially the sleepy ones who unlock the computer room after hours so you can email loved ones news of an emergency surgery.
- We don't watch hardly any TV (and no cable), so an intense sledge hockey match in this year's Paralympics, watched in the middle of the night, under highly stressful conditions, by two exhausted individuals, can be a tad surreal.
- Nurses rule. Especially the good ones named Joanna.
Hospital food isn't even worth a line of space on this blog.
- Clowns just aren't cool. Can't some hunky firemen drop by to visit the children instead? Or Mounties, or something else?
Thanks to those who stopped by the hospital and brought support (and goodies). Also thank you to those who lovingly looked after Noah the whole time. You know who you are and we are grateful.
We hope to be back to regular programming on UtHC soon; but in the meantime, visit Simple Bites for my 4-Ingredient Tomato Sauce recipe and 10 suggestions for easy meals to make with it.