Shepherd’s Pie.

ShepherdsPie1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried sage leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 package (1 lb 8 oz) refrigerated garlic mashed potatoes (or your own recipe
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1/4 cup chopped fresh tomato, if desired
2 slices precooked bacon, chopped, if desired
2 medium green onions, chopped (2 tablespoons), if desired

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, mix beef, onion, bread crumbs, sage, salt and egg until well blended. Press in bottom of ungreased 8-inch square (2-quart)
glass baking dish. Spread mashed potatoes evenly over top. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.

Bake uncovered about 50 minutes. Sprinkle with tomato, bacon and green onions. ENJOY

The Diagnosis Is…..

Ulcers An ULCER!! I had my gastroscopy and it revealed an ulcer in the lower portion of my stomach( surprising considering the pain is in the upper area!) The doc gave me pills for 6 months to lessen stomach acid and hoping to heal the ulcer and I go back in 8 weeks for  another gastroscopy to see if it’s healed and to see what the biopsy shows as there’s a certain bacteria that causes ulcers(it’s NOT always just from worry like my hubby says even though my life IS chronic trauma, stress, anxiety,and worry as well) which also pre-disposes you to stomach CANCER as well so if I DO have it she’ll put me on an antibiotic as well to clear it up. She was younger than I thought; probably just in her 30’s (I had somehow pictured an old lady in her 60’s) with dark hair put back in a ponytail and she was really nice.

They didn’t freeze my arm before inserting the IV like I’d requested( my veins don’t co-operate and IV’s are always a hassle and it takes them several tries and it’s awful and the worst of all medical procedure as far as I’m concerned) but luckily this nurse has done lots and she used a small needle and got it in the first try and (much to my relief) it wasn’t a horrible experience like they usually are, and they’d had a cancellation too so I got to get the procedure 3 HRS earlier than scheduled so luckily I wasn’t starving as I couldn’t eat or drink past Midnight and the anesthesiologist was this hilarious Bulgarian doctor who was so funny he kept cracking me up; in the operating room he said that Russian politicians are “fuckers”( he actually SAID the word “fucker!”) and called Putin “poutine” and when I said what if the drugs don’t work and I don’t fall asleep he goes, “Oh, you will!” and within a minute of him putting it into the IV line I said, “Oh, nevermind…..I’m starting to feel dizzy and sleepy……”  and I was out!The last thing I remember was laying on my left side with all these tubes and wires attached,oxygen prongs up my nose, they’d sprayed this gross-tasting numbing spray into the back of my throat I had to swallow, and I had a mouth piece(with a hole in the middle for the tube) in so I wouldn’t close my mouth when I fell asleep( as they had to insert the tube down my throat into my stomach) and luckily I don’t remember a thing after that; I never even saw the tube( they told me it’s the size of a finger) OR felt it, thank God!

I remember sort of waking up; I wasn’t really asleep but I wasn’t really awake, either; I was in a state somewhere in-between and I remember saying, “My husband woke me up to watch CSI!” and I heard a voice in the distance saying, “It’s the medication; it makes you have dreams!” and I went back to sleep, drifting in and out as one time I woke up briefly in the recovery room I remember I still had the oxygen prongs in my nostrils but the next time I didn’t but I don’t remember anyone removing them. They gave me Propofol and it worked well and when I woke up I was sleepy for awhile and my legs felt funny. The doctor also asked about my bald head if I have alopecia and I told her how I first shaved my head to support my son when he had leukemia and she went, “Awwww….” and now the test is over with(and I have the pills once again for the stomach pain; I ran out of the originals  2-3 weeks ago that the ER doc gave me) oddly the stomach pain’s back again AND my cold( which I’ve had sort of mild and “dormant” now for a week) came in full-force, almost as it they were just waiting for it to be over, another of God’s blessings and provisions and everything just went so perfectly and so smoothly;there’s no doubt that God’s watching over me!