Thursday, February 16, 2012

I think we might be onto something....

Steven had a C/T scan of his abdomen and pelvic area done Monday evening and I called for his results this afternoon. I *think* we got good news…in a way. Basically, they couldn’t find anything wrong. His kidney looked all normal-like and there weren’t any weird things floating around inside him. So at this point his urologist wants him to have his testosterone levels checked again. Way back when we had our first IUI and found out that his numbers were low he had been put on Clomid to try to boost testosterone production. So if his numbers come back low (which we already know they are) the urologist will either have him take Clomid (pills) or HCG shots a couple times a week for six weeks. This SHOULD improve his numbers. I really hope this is the case and that his numbers will improve to the point of us being able to move forward with an IUI instead of going straight to IVF. So he’ll have labwork done this weekend hopefully and we’ll know soon enough what he needs to be doing.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s going on and have had it in my mind that we are going to end up having to do IVF.  A friend of mine asked me today if I was against (I think that was her wording) IVF because of the cost or because of the process itself. I understand that there are some people out there who are opposed to IVF for religious reasons or because they aren’t comfortable with invasive medical procedures like that, but I am definitely not one of those people. Not saying they are wrong for feeling that way– I don’t mean it to sound that way if it does. My personal thoughts are that I don’t care what needs to be done to get us a baby at this point. I was also a growth hormone patient. They made me grow, lol, so I have a different viewpoint and trust in the medical community than some might.

If IVF is what we have to do then so be it, but that doesn’t mean that I am excited to be faced with that news. IVF IS more invasive – incredibly more invasive than IUI and it is also incredibly more expensive. That really is my hang up with it – the cost. No one would be excited about that. BUT I’m not going to let myself get worked up about this until I absolutely know for  sure that it is what we absolutely have to do. No let’s all just keep our fingers crossed that we don’t have to go there, k? =)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

And Still We Wait...

It was later than I said it would be, but Steven went in to be checked out yesterday. No blockages, prostate is a-ok, and no problemos with his bladder. Sooooo....what's going on? That's what we want to know! The urologist wants Steven to go in for a CT scan of his abdomen area to see if anything odd stands out. Obviously I want to know what's causing his "issues", but at the same time I'm trying not to...not "freak out" necessarily...become overly-concerned. It was good that his results from yesterday came back good, but that also means that more looking has to be done. Steven is out of town for the next couple of days and will be out of town a few days next week, so we're hoping to get the CT scan taken care of before he leaves again next week. We just want answers! And at this point we're getting closer and closer to me having to go in again to check up on mah it'd be good to get him figured out.

So that's it...not a long post, but an update!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa= Happy Tongue

Another Pinterest hit!!! Tonight we had cilantro-lime chicken with avocado salsa. It was so freakin’ GOOD! We are big fans of avocado and lemon so this was right up our alley. I would suggest this to anyone and everyone. Besides it being super tasty delicious, I hit it big nutrionally! The salsa for this dish has tomatoes, which are abundant with nutrients; onion, which are rich in vitamins; and cilantro, which is rich in vitamins, oils, and minerals. Score! For several months we were sharing an avocado every night with dinner. Steven and I like ours topped with lemon juice and sea salt…so good.  It feels really good to like something that is so good for you! According to the California Avocado Commission each avocado provides nearly 20 essential nutrients including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. Also, avocados were known as “fertility fruit” or “the fruit of kings” to the Aztecs because it was thought to increase a man’s ability to father children. In fact, according to , avocados are largely used to treat infertility in men (because) it helps increase sperm mobility and keeps sperm from grouping together as they make their journey to the egg.”  Avocados aren’t only beneficial for men’s fertility. They are also packed full of folic acid, which women want plenty of to aid in the prevention of birth defects. Avocados are also a source of monounsaturated fat, which is a good fat for our bodies. So load up on the guac, y’all! It’s good for ya!

Cilantro-Lime Chicken and Avocado Salsa

Here’s what you need:

Chicken Marinade:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I only used two and I cut them into smaller pieces so that it would cook quicker.)
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 ½ tbsp fresh lime juice
1 ½ tbsp olive oil
½ tsp salt
Cooking spray or additional olive oil for the pan

1 cup chopped plum tomato (2 should do)
2 tbsp finely chopped white onion
2 tsp fresh lime juice
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 avocado, peeled and chopped
Additional fresh lime juice for avocado

Here’s what you do:
First you will make a marinade for the chicken. Mix together all of the ingredients for the marinade (minus the cooking spray or additional olive oil) and add the chicken. This is a pretty strong marinade so only leave the chicken in for 3-5 minutes.

While the chicken is sitting in the marinade prepare the salsa by mixing all of those ingredients together. The avocado will go in last. Avocado has a tendency to get brown and yucky looking pretty quickly once it is peeled so I thoroughly coated mine in additional lime juice prior to gently mixing it into the salsa mixture. I refrigerated mine until it was ready to use. Oh, I also added a little bit of cilantro that was leftover from the marinade. I had chopped too much and didn't want to be wasteful.
The recipe (which looks to be originally from says to cook the chicken on a grill pan. Well, we don’t have one anymore as ours got all wonky from being used in the oven a few too many times so I just used a large pan and sautéed it. I would think that grilling it on a George Foreman grill would be good, too. Anyway, you want to cook the chicken until it is cooked (165 degrees).

Serve the salsa on top of your chicken and enjoy! We also had frozen corn which I mixed with leftover steamed white rice from our Chinese food from the other night. I topped my mixture with some of the salsa and it was yummy! Let me know what you think if you try it!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mushroom Soup and Jeremy Sisto

In an attempt to be healthy tonight we tried another recipe on Pinterest. We've been out of town for the past weekish and I was ready for home-cooked food instead of Subway or restaurant food. Steven really liked this soup. I'm not the biggest mushroom lover so it was "eh" for me, but if you are fond of mushrooms you should try this. I ended up kind of veering away from healthy to some degree. Steven and I decided that we didn't want the soup by itself so I pan fried a chicken breast for us to share and served the soup over steamed white rice. It was kind of a throwback to my childhood because my mom used to make this same meal except with Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup. Anyway, even though it was "eh" for me I still felt pretty good about the fact that mushrooms are jam packed full of Vitamin D. There are two cups of chopped mushrooms in the soup, so I hooked it up.

I'm gonna put the recipe down a little ways, but can first can I just talk about Jeremy Sisto? Remember him from "Clueless"? He was El-Un. He was also on "Six Feet Under" and some other stuff, but to me he will always be El-Un. He's in the new show called "Suburgatory", and it is really cute! I think he's doing such a good job with the gal that plays his daughter. So cute! If you haven't seen it, it's about a single dad and his high school aged daughter who move from NYC to the 'burbs and how different their lives are compared to before. The daughter Tessa is played by Jane Levy, and she is adorable. I can see her doing great things with her long as she doesn't go all Lindsay Lohan and stuff.

Okay, so here's the recipe. I got it from Pinterest, but it looks like it was originally from here: But here it is, y'all:

Mushroom Soup

(The above picture is from the website noted above. Mine looked similar..minus the yummy looking bread.)

2 cups fresh mushrooms - cleaned and chopped finely (I used baby bellas and some white mushrooms from Whole Foods)
1 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic - chopped
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 - 2 bay leaf
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 tbsp flour dissolved in 1 tbsp water
Salt to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
Dash of nutmeg
Black pepper to taste

*I didn't notice that whole heavy cream thing when I was making my grocery list so I just added more milk and more flour...came out fine.
* Also, I used vegetable broth instead of stock and I added a good amount extra to keep the soup from getting too thick.

Here's what you do:

1. Heat olive oil in a sauce pan. Add butter and lightly sauté garlic on medium heat.
2. Add in mushrooms, thyme, bay leaf and Worcestershire sauce. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until the moisture from the mushrooms disappears.
3. Add in chicken broth. Stir occasionally until broth boils, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
4 Add diluted flour and stir constantly (while simmering) until the mixture thickens. Season with salt and nutmeg.
5. Add milk and heavy cream, and bring to a simmer.