“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” ~ Jonathan Swift

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Up Close and Personal

The moment you've all been waiting for has arrived!  Well, ok, it's actually been around for while BUT I just discovered it.  Thanks to the wonders of YouTube, you can now all witness what I go through when I get Avastin injections.  Lucky you.

Take a look here

I was bored one day and decided to YouTube search this.  I was pretty surprised to find it actually.   Even more surprising, I found myself unable to watch the injection.  It made me cringe and feel scared for Kate.  Given that I've had more injections than I can count (and I used to), this is rather ironic.  However, I pretty much behave the same way as Kate; I don't panic or flinch.  It's very dangerous to do that actually--once, I learned that the hard way and ended up with a pool of blood that developed along the outside of my iris.  Apparently, as the needle was entering, my head recoiled, and the needle knicked me.  Though I recovered and the spot diminished, it "outed" my vision problem and I ended up having to reveal my problem to several friends in the course of one week.  

Anyways, happy viewing.  I posted it for a couple reasons.  1) I get a lot of questions about what the heck an injection involves. 2) I'm surprised it was on YouTube. 3) It's kind of fun to freak people out.  

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A New Year, A New Start (Again)

Happy New Year!  Goodbye, 2009--Year of Crummy Health!

It's 2010 and yet, I find myself woefully in a similar position to where I was one year ago.   To make a long story short, November and December were not diet-friendly.  I ate everything I shouldn't have, including products with high fructose corn syrup.  I visited McDonald's twice in one week.  It was delicious--I won't and can't lie about that  But, Oy.  It was ugly.

And I have an eye appointment coming up.

So, welcome 2010!  I am trying to return to my anti-inflammatory diet with mixed success.  Now that I am often eating dinner on the go, I realize just how difficult healthy eating can be!  Yikes.  Eating a sit-down dinner is quite easy, but now my best options seems to be take-out salads with grilled salmon.  

On that note, I've posted a picture of a soup I made last weekend.  From Eating Well, this Collard Green & Black Eyed Pea Soup will keep you full and warm.  Because I am using collards for a different recipe, I substituted my favorite--kale!--instead.  I've been eating the soup for lunch, paired with a multigrain ballard from Whole Foods.  Also, don't fret about the recipe's cheese toasts.  Yours Truly forgot the shopping list last weekend and couldn't remember to buy the cheese.  The soup is pretty tasty with a simply bread.