Source: A Request for Help
This is my co-worker/friend’s husband. Please read, share, and support. Not all treatments and therapies are in a pill form.
Some of you know that Scott has been raising and training a service dog to treat his PTSD. We had discussions with each other, his doctors and our family and friends before embarking on this journey. We’ve received amazing support from The Foundation for Service Dog Support that supports first responders. From the moment Scott began to take his dog Bigby to work with him our lives have changed. Scott was able to break his cycle of isolation and enjoy being out in the world. He truly enjoys working as a Missing Persons detective. I was able to transition from being a caregiver back to being a partner for the first time since he was shot.
Unfortunately, the city of Phoenix does not want Bigby to come to work with Scott, and their reasons are unfounded, being based on both erroneous…
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Yes, I cook almost nightly, but Sunday dinner holds a special place in my dinner line-up. It is the start of a crazy work week. The calm before the storm. We dine without the TV on (that is actually a house rule every meal) at the dining table. We talk about our weekend together and what we have upcoming this week.
This Sunday I made a new dish – Venison/Bison Meatloaf, wrapped in bacon, and smothered in a smokey chipotle red sauce. It was the perfect ending to a very perfect weekend of family time. I purchased the ground venison and (paleo-approved) bacon from Sprouts Farmers Market. The sauce I made up as I went – starting with simmering tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, diced dates (for added sweetness), chili powder, garlic, onion, Mrs. Dash Chipotle seasoning, smoked Spanish paprika, salt and pepper. I simmered it on the store top for about 20 minutes, then used my immersion blender to puree into a smooth sauce.
It was so delicious!! After a sad excuse for a football game…Cutler needs to go away (far away!) and a belly full of smokey bacon covered venison and bison, this gal is going to catch up on knitting and hit the hay early 🙂
Have a wonderful week!!
Since finishing my 2nd Whole30 I have been living Paleo except a few meals and some cocktails. I had a grand idea of ‘needing’ a cheeseburger Saturday morning and proceeded to spend the rest of the day in the restroom…YUK!!!
My husband and I joined a new health club (sorry if I mentioned this already), the Village at Ocotillo. This is not your average health club or gym. I have attended the best yoga classes and dined on the healthiest and flavorful food! There is something about waking up on a weekend, heading to a yoga class, sitting in the eucalyptus scent steam room, lounging by the pool (with a cold beer or glass of wine if you fancy!), and dining on blackened salmon over greens with grilled lemons. Who would have thought I looked forward to spending several hours at the health club every weekend?!
We have been busy planning our anniversary trip to Peru in October and most recently a Rocky Point getaway for my husband’s birthday. For Peru, we are booked for Lima and Cusco with a day at Machu Picchu 🙂 I also found an intriguing culinary tour that includes making your ceviche and Pisco Sour cocktail. I have a shopping list a mile long for the trip and am knitting a warm poncho for cool nights along the water. If any readers have been and want to offer tips, much appreciated!
For Mexico, we are staying at out beloved Bella Sirena on Sandy Beach in Puerto Penasco. I am looking forward to a long weekend listening to ocean waves and the bartender blending up my coco-colada (so different that a pina colada, but I don’t know why) all whilst wearing the new swim suit the hubby bought for me. The new suit is why for the next 2 weeks it is NO booze or crap food (I am eating grilled chicken and spinach as I type). Once we cross the border, all bets are off! There will copious plates of tacos, shrimp, and booze consumed. I will come home happy and in need of another Whole30!
Other than knitting, learning spanish, reading, trip planning, working out, fostering 2 adorable kittens for a local rescue, cooking, and working…I am not up to much! Have a great week folks!
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This past week has been pretty shitty. I can’t sugar coat it. Work has been extremely stressful with the announcement of lay-offs next week…again, more lay offs. I have been starving all week, but get nauseated when I eat. Anything I cook tastes unappealing. My husband has been gone for 2 weeks. My sleep pattern has been erratic. My mood is all over the place. I am frustrated about my foot, sick of the emotional roller coaster and uncertainty at work, and wish my husband was home. Oh, how I want a bottle of wine!!
Dumb-Dumb me decided to get on the scale – a HUGE NO NO for WHOLE30 – and got really discouraged. Apparently, I needed to add more stress to myself! I know that stress with lack of sleep is to blame. I cannot work out like I want to help balance me out. I tried, just yoga, and couldn’t walk for 2 days. As I type my damned foot is throbbing. I cannot wait to see the doc on Tuesday. The pain now is not the same as it was before I started the injections, so maybe this is normal.
Hubby will be home in a few hours after a 2 week trip. We are going to check out a new elite health club this weekend. I may not be able to work out, but I can enjoy the pool saunas, and hot tub! Those things should snap me out of this cranky funk.
This slump, let’s call it, is exactly why I cannot stop at day 30. I am not in control of my cravings or mood. Maybe at day 30 I will have a glass of wine an then keep going. Maybe not, who knows!?!
I need to get through next week with Tuesday being a good exciting day followed by Wednesday, doomsday, lay-offs. I have no idea what happens after 9am Wednesday. Thank you for letting me vent! 🙂 Enough ‘Debbie Downer’…here are some foods I have made recently: