Bacon and Peas Creamy Noodles

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a package of bacon
  • 16 oz of egg noodles
  • 1 large diced onion
  • 3 1/2 cups of water
  • 4 chicken bullion cubes
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: 

  • dice up bacon and cook until done in a large deep skillet over medium high heat. When bacon is to you’re particular wellness. Remove from skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  • In the bacon grease, saute onions until golden.
  • Add water, bullion cubes, half and half, noodles and bring to a boil. Bring heat down to a simmer, cover the skillet and allow noodles to cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender.
  • Season to your liking with salt and pepper. Add in peas, Parmesan, and bacon. Cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until everything is heated through.

Penne Alla Vodka

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb box of Penne Pasta
  • 3 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1 Onion, diced finely
  • 3 tbsp of butter
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 cup of vodka
  • 1 (14 oz) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes (or more if you’d like some more heat)
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • Black Pepper

Instructions: 

  • Cook penne
  • Over medium heat, combine butter and olive oil in a large sauce pan. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft.
  • Add the vodka and allow it to reduce for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Turn heat down to low and add tomato sauce and heavy cream. Combine well.
  • Add red pepper flakes, salts, and pepper. Allow to simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes and combine with cooked penne.

New Jersey Lasagna

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage
  • 2 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans (6 oz) of tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp of parsley
  • 2 tbsp of basil
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 24 oz container of cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp Parsley
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 16 oz mozzarella cheese
  • 8 lasagna noodles

Instructions: 

  • In a pot or large sauce pan, cook beef, sausage, and garlic on medium high heat until brown. I personally don’t usually take out any of the grease but that’s up to your personal preference. Add the cans of diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir in parsley, basil and salt. Begin boiling your noodles and allow this meat sauce to simmer until it’s needed.
  • In a medium bowl, mix cottage cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley and salt.
  • Assembly: 4 noodles at the bottom of your baking pan. Followed by half the cottage cheese, then half the mozzarella, then half of the meat sauce.  Repeat for another layer. Then cover the top with additional Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in the over at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbling.

An Unexpected Round of Chemo

Once again, the last couple days have been a whirlwind, but that seems to be how cancer goes (From my experience anyways).

Wednesday afternoon was the day that they planned to start my treatment of Ipilimumab, upon arriving they said they didn’t have the medication yet but I could stay overnight and they should have it Thursday or Friday. Little did I know how poorly my blood counts were doing, so my body had different plans for me.

I spent the night at the Hope Lodge and around 8 am I got a call from my main doctor here at KU. He told me that he was in contact with the authors of the article and the people that the treatment had worked on had very small amount of leukemia in their bodies. So he thought because of how low my counts are that we just needed to make sure that my blasts were under 10 percent and I needed to do another bone marrow biopsy just to make sure. I don’t normally do my biospies without sedation but considering my circumstances I really had no choice.

It wasn’t terrible, they gave me some Ativan and Morphine to help with the procedure. I’m happy to say, no tears were had, my only one without sedation that I didn’t cry the entire time.

I went and grabbed some lunch, at my favorite place Sushi Mido and went back to the clinic to find out my fate.

After some waiting, the doctor finally came in and told me that my blasts came back at 50% exactly the news I didn’t want to hear. I would need to go into the hospital again and do chemo. Luckily I’ll only be in the hospital for probably a week or so and they’ll let me go out to the Hope Lodge for a couple weeks till my counts can recover and I can finally come home.

I’m going to be doing High Dose Cytarabine. Day 1 is today. I did a dose this morning around 11 that lasted three hours. I’ll be doing another dose tonight at 11 for three hours. The same schedule will also be on Day 3 and Day 5 and I might be able to go to the Hope Lodge on day 6 or 7.

Thursday they wanted me to admit me to the hospital just then but I really wanted time to go home and see Paul and my buggy girl, so he said I needed to be there early on Saturday. Thursday I actually tried to drive myself home and I had to pull over after an hour. I was so tired I decided to take a nap in the Butler Walmart parking lot. I stopped at 4:30 and woke up a little before 7pm and Paul wasn’t too far away from getting me to drive me home. I really have just been so terribly tired, I’m assuming because of my blood counts being so low.

Saturday we came in and that afternoon they placed my PICC line, but other than that, it was a pretty slow day.

I’m still doing the experimental treatment, just need to get over this hurdle first.