Update: Dealing With Unexpected Health Issues

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I haven’t been posting much and it’s been due to unexpected health issues,

The last post I did was about having gestational diabetes which is a huge pain in the butt to manage I have had to cut out almost all breads , pastas , potatoes and other starches , count my carbohydrates which is a huge pain in the butt, give myself insulin injections four times a day and poke my fingers anywhere from 4/8 times a day depending on how I was feeling .

In January I went to Morocco and got sick with the Moroccan flu it had me down for all of January and half of February there really wasn’t any medications I could safely take but thankfully I had enough sense to bring a big bottle of powdered Gatorade mix which helped a lot .

Middle of February I developed cholostasis which is a liver issue that pregnant women can get it causes unbearable itching to the mother all over hands, feet , whole body doctors gave medications but they don’t seem to be helping and since I developed cholostasis I have had to go in twice a week for nst monitoring so they can check baby girl out, during the nst testing she likes to go to sleep so they have to put a loud buzzer thing on my belly to wake her up.

Doctors have found that baby girl isn’t gaining weigh like she should be she is small last time they did growth ultrasound they said she might be 4 pound 15 ounces but she could weigh less.

My heart issues have been acting up and making it hard for me to do much of anything I’m always exhausted and short of breath .

Because of all these issues the doctors have decided to do a caesarean on the 27th of April .

I will post another update when I can .

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Soothing Lemon Tea

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Here is a old recipe that’s good for soothing sore throats and colds I will include the way my mom made it when I was growing up and I will also include the way I make it for my children.

My moms tea

3 lemons sliced

1 quart water

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Boil 5 minutes then add to cup add honey and drink hot.

My ways

2 lemons sliced

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 quart water

Boil for 5 minutes then add honey and drink hot.

If I make it for my husband I omit the cinnamon and add 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper for him he likes it very spicy .

It’s also good for sore joints and aches and pains

Allergy Testing

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My post is going to be about how I have been feeling and to be quite honest I don’t feel that great.

Last Thursday I saw a neurologist because I was having daily headaches and I was unsure as to what kind the good news is that they are not migraines and the bad news is that they are classified as sinus headaches and due to my long weird history of weird reactions to medications the neurologist that it would be best to figure out exactly what was triggering my headaches so I contacted my primary doctor and she ordered a allergy blood test which means I had to stop all allergy medications so I haven’t taken any since Monday night and it’s not been fun since then I have been so itchy and sneezing my eyes hurt and feel scratchy and dry I have weird rashes popping up all over my body and I can’t stand to even smell any type of perfume or cologne it sends me into sneezing fits as do most of the plants that are blooming.

I can’t weed my garden as I planned and I’ve been basically hiding indoors to try and not feel so blah and sneeze all the time .

Will post a update when I know more.

Birsarra Soup 

2 cups fava beans split

8 cloves of garlic

Water 6 cups

Salt to taste ( add after cooked)

Pepper to taste ( add after cooked)

Cumin powder to taste (add after cooked )

Olive oil drizzled

Sort and wash the fava beans place in pressure cooker

Add the water and peeled garlic cloves

Seal pot and bring to boil lower heat boil for 15 to 20 minutes then remove from heat release pressure and open check the beans when soft and breaking it's done add to blender and blend until smooth

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve in bowl

Drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle on Cumin

Serve with khobz

This recipe was also published here during Ramadan http://www.muslimahbloggers.com/moroccan-soup-bisarra

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Feeling Sad , Can’t Fast

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I am feeling a bit sad and melancholy, I’ve been dealing with a few health issues and got the results of my blood work back and my ferritin levels are very low they are a ten and I had a follow up appointment with my doctor to see what it means and now I have to follow a specific diet / eating plan and am not allowed to fast this Ramadan doctors say it’s to dangerous with my iron reserves being so low. The diet / eating plan I’m on is very healthy lots of fresh leafy dark vegetables as they are high in iron beets and oranges as well a quinoa fish and oatmeal lots of red meat and eggs. Basically the doctor wants me to eat my iron and vitamins and to be honest sometimes it’s hard as I don’t feel hungry or have a appetite, I am also taking a multivitamin called alive women’s chewable and a liquid plant based iron supplement to see if this will help improve my iron stores .

I will be feeding hungry people to make up for my missed fasts , I was actually looking forward to fasting but now I have to make plans and adjust because ones health is important. I have noticed a improvement with my feet and legs since I started taking the vitamins and plant based iron supplement they don’t go numb as much . 

wipes for house

Ingredients

½ cup water
½ cup vinegar
8 drops essential oil including lavender
1 teaspoon detergent
Micro-fibre cloths
Large airtight jar
Instructions

Place cloths into large jar
In a jug combine water, vinegar, essential oil and detergent, mix to combine
Pour liquid over cloths
Seal jar

Use to clean things when done with wipe rinse it and place in laundry to be washed . 

Saves money and doesn’t have all the weird chemicals as store bought wipes

Okra yummy

Okra about 3 cups sliced

Garlic 3 to 4 cloves peeled and minced

1 Small onion peeled and minced

handful each Parsley and cilantro finely chopped

1 cup tomatoes seeded peeled and finely chopped

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

salt to taste add after cooking

  olive oil add after cooking

In heated a cast iron skillet  add a little vegetable oil, then add chopped cilantro and parsley , paprika, cumin , minced garlic and onion , cook for about 5 minutes then add sliced okra, and seeded , peeled and  chopped tomatoes  cooked down for about 15 minutes cook, then simmer  down for 10-15 minutes more. Before serving, add olive oil use extra virgin and salt serve with bread. okra yummy