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It’s Meatloaf time!!

Meatloaf

Meatloaf

So it’s Meatloaf day!  I found this recipe at my Mom and Dads house a week ago and decided to try it.  Luke and I went crazy over it!  I’ve always like Meatloaf but I was never really good at it, plus I wasn’t crazy about the sweet sauce on top.  However since all the therapies I’ve had, my tastes have changed and I LOVE this! So I hope you try it and enjoy 🙂

Now I will say I did change a few things up from the original recipe, but doesn’t everyone kind of do that anyways? I added some Young Living products to it of course, and a few other goodies too.

Here are the ingredients:
1.5 lbs of Hamburger – we use all-natural, grassfed beef from a local farmer
3/4 Cup Quick Oats
1.5 t Salt
1.5 t. Garlic Pepper
1/4 C Onion, chopped fine
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 Can Tomato Sauce (or mix water with paste like I did)
1 Egg, beaten – we use free range from our friend at The Coyote Hill
3 T Coconut Sugar – Brown sugar works fine too
1/4 C Ketchup
2 drops Nutmeg Essential Oil
1 t. Dry Mustard
Couple shakes of JuvaSpice – I add this spice to about everything, it has great ingredients and isn’t too strong a taste.
Couple shakes of Turmeric – Cause we all need this anyways, great for inflammation! Again the taste isn’t too strong.

So this is how it goes! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Now combine the beef, oats, salt, pepper, onion, garlic, tomato sauce and beaten egg. I form that into a loaf pan or dish.
Then it’s sauce time! Combine coconut sugar, ketchup, nutmeg and mustard. Mix well and spread all over meatloaf.
Cook uncovered for 1 hour. I also throw a few potatoes into the oven when I put in the meatloaf, just check them around 30 minutes and turn them over or poke them. They are usually done right when the meatloaf is done.

Well, what do you think? The picture above is actually a double batch that I made, We had some for dinner and the rest was frozen for Lukes meals (though I steal them for myself sometimes too!).

If you make this please post pictures!


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The BMT Life continues…..

As I write this I am currently Day +136 from my BMT Transplant!  It’s crazy and not at ALL how I expected any of it to go!

So after my last update I was doing very well; numbers were doing their thing and I was getting healthier, stronger, and working back into my life.  I ended up going home on Day +97.  I’m not sure why I thought I could get out sooner, my Doctor is a stickler 🙂

BMT Day 136

BMT Day 136

The entire last week being in KC I was having a hard time.  More mentally than physically.  My energy wasn’t as high as I had liked but my real struggle was with how to deal with the results of all my Day +100 testing.  For some reason I just couldn’t get a handle on the “what ifs” about things not working out.

Don’t forget now…I’ve been dealing with cancer since 2011. So many people think this shouldn’t be “new” to me, but it is a whole new feeling every single time and I’ve got to find a way to deal with it, every single time.  Honestly, I don’t know how I’ve been able to keep doing it, but kudos to me for it!

So on my way home after all the tests were done, I had to finally have a heart to heart with myself and find out how I could shake the feeling of dread, hopelessness, and dis-ease.  It was a 3.5 hour drive and it was dead silent. This was so odd, everything was really going quite well, but there was just something inside me and I needed to get it out. I finally got to think it all out and work on how to cope. I did it too, I’ve always been a “fixer” and I needed to fix this.  I will do a separate post on exactly how I got to where I needed to be, this entry is about the here and now.

So after I got home I kept getting checkups once a week, and slowly and steadily I started feeling more tired and weak and my numbers were slowly going out of range. My Day +100 results showed a lit-up lymph node in my neck which needed a biopsy, it was inconclusive and is still waiting to be rescheduled. The following weeks of being home I was having difficulty with being dizzy, lightheaded, and was not able to do any activities at home. Seriously, not any! I could get dressed and get back and forth to the bathroom, that was it. I even had to revert back to sitting in the shower to bathe, I hadn’t done that since I had my transplant! My Doctor visits were still not helpful and the trend downward wasn’t really even addressed, I guess since everyone feels tired and lethargic then it’s normal! Though it wasn’t normal for me! Also going back and forth with two clinics was unsuccessful and quite annoying. I felt like no one was really looking into anything for me, it was a crappy feeling. Then my bilirubin numbers sparked a CT scan of my liver, thankfully all was good there.

Still, I couldn’t take myself to the clinic for a simple blood test, I had to call Luke home from work to have him take me.  The day of my last Doctor visit I had to have my parents take me to the appointment and wheelchair me up to the office, it was pretty horrible.  On top of that I wasn’t able to really prepare my food and water, so I was dehydrated. Oh yeah, did I mention I also had hives all over? Yeah…good times.

So this all led up to my Doctors appointment on Tuesday, June the 23rd. The Doctor had gotten back from his vacation and came into the room looking pretty worried and upset. I actually giggled and said “Now that’s a sad face!” But I was actually relieve to be there and have him address my issues.  He told me that I needed two units of blood, I was absolutely fine with that, I was so sick of being sick and tired. My hemoglobin was at a 5.8….yikes. I was told under 6.0 was transfusion time.

I was also scheduled for my lymph node biopsy for Wednesday so the Doctor said that I needed to just stay the night and do the biopsy in the morning.  He felt good knowing I’d get my blood, be watched throughout the night and be ready for my biopsy in the morning. So I got a fun wheelchair ride to the hospital. Then things really got rough.

So over at the hospital they were getting blood ready for me, O Negative. My donor is O Negative, and I was B Positive. The staff soon found out that I had an antibody in my blood that was destroying the red blood cells which was causing my hemoglobin to drop.  They then said that if they gave me a blood transfusion then it wouldn’t actually do anything and the anti-body would still continue to wreck havoc. So I needed blood but they couldn’t give it to me.  They also weren’t really sure of what to do.  So they started me on a high-dose steroid to stop the process, overnight my hemoglobin dropped from 5.8 to 5.3.

The Doctor came into my room at 5:30am Wednesday morning to tell me what was going on and that there still was no plan.  So that led to a few hours of Googling…..not a good idea.  I saw success rates of less than 7%, it was horrible.  I was alone and scared, and hopeless.  Throughout the day, my Nurse Patty kept in contact with him and my Doctors at KU.  They decided that I needed to come up to KU and stay in the BMT ward while they got me stabilized. Still….we have no plan.  I am terrified, crying all the time, and so thankful that Luke and my parents were there.  I absolutely could not have done this without them.  Luke prayed with me several times, and I couldn’t help fear being without him and feel joy for having him in my life.  I realized several times over and over that God has been so good to me, and I really don’t know why.  But for him to put Luke into my life is a debt I will forever have to repay, I have done nothing good enough to deserve Luke and the time I have had with him….nothing.

Poor Patty, she got the raw deal of me absolutely breaking down.  She was so good to me and kind and has a wonderful heart, there are some awesome people out there still.  She told me that I was going to KU and they would be able to do more and figure out more things for me.  I had to take an ambulance ride too, first time ever! This was so new to me, I still can’t believe it all happened!  Luke was able to ride with me but couldn’t sit in the back with me, it was kinda weird but I was so tired that I slept most of the way to Kansas City!  It was a long drive, and I had to stay on the stretcher but we got there and I got settled back into the Unit I was on before and got to see some friendly faces again.  I felt better, but still….we had no plan.

The next day I got to see one of the BMT doctors, Dr. Shune.  I like her, have since I met her.  Though I actually like all the Doctor here, and I feel like that’s a pretty big statement for me.  Dr. Shune helped me understand a bit more about what was happening, and what some options were.  We really just had me on high-dose steroids to try and stop my immune system of attacking my blood.  My hemoglobin numbers were still low but a stable low, the Doctors were happy with that.  The said if I went below 5.0 then I could get blood, that actually never happened.  I stayed low, but stable.  Then the “plan” came up.  I would be on a reduced amount of steroids and start a chemo drug called Rituxin.  It’s used for a different cancer than mine, and also for those with autoimmune disorders.  So I do a weekly infusion of that drug along with daily steroids.  I will do this regime for 1-2 months and continue with steroids for about 5-6 more months.  The initial goal was to get my hemoglobin to 7.0 before I could go home, after a week it was obvious that wasn’t going to happen. But the Doctor said that with how I was functioning at a low number was quite good, so I could continue to function at home if I chose to. I was decisive in going home but I was also honest with myself if I thought it was a good idea, I think it is.

It’s interesting that my numbers aren’t actually any better, but I feel better. It’s odd how most everything outside of me stayed the exact same, while really just the perception of a “plan” and moving forward has changed so much.  I am still scared, though I am putting much more effort into me than fear right now.  That’s the point, keep moving forward.  All the doubt, all the fear will always be there, it’s just up to me how much energy goes into it.

My real “plan” is to focus on my health everyday.  Luke and I talked about my daily focus and how that will affect everything else.  I like his focus and I need to keep my health as #1.  That’s going to be a huge challenge, because no one actually does that!  We live in a world where we are always putting our health last, and I STILL do it even though I should have learned my lessons years ago.  So this will be interesting, but I’m looking forward to it.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, I will have more.  Be good to eachother.


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The BMT Life

Hello everyone! I am on Day +56 from my Bone Marrow Transplant for my cancer, Hodgkins Lymphoma.  I am doing well, and am ready to go home! The plan was for me to stay here for 100 days, however my Doctors and I are going to discuss me going home around Day 75-80.  It hasn’t been easy, and I’ve had my ups and downs. But this has been a wonderful learning experience for me and I am so thankful for the health that I do have.

So stick around and I will update you with whatever information that I get. Love you all!

–Cayci

Baldy girl

Baldy girl


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Travel prep and what oils to bring!

My husband and I are planning our vacation for September. We are going on an Alaskan cruise! So I am starting to plan now for what types of YL products to take with us on our trip.

So, I hate being sick first off and when you are vacationing the last thing you want to do is be sick. You want to be strong, rested, and full of energy so you can enjoy everything! So it is important to keep our health as strong as possible while we travel so we can enjoy all the beautiful sights and fun activities we have planned.

Here we go!

Supplements

 

Young Living Inner Defense Supplement

Young Living Inner Defense Supplement

Inner Defense: My favorite and a “must-have” IMO is Inner Defense. It is a combination of Thieves along with Oregano, Lemongrass, and Thyme. It has helped keep me healthy all through the summer when I typically end up getting sick in July. So I ain’t going no where without it!
You can take 1 per day (which I typically do) or up it in times of stress to 3-5 pills per day. I think it’ll be perfect when traveling and around so many people. After the cruise I will most likely taper off a bit.

 

Young Living Life 5 Probiotic

Young Living Life 5 Probiotic

Life 5: This powerful Probiotic is a necessity for everyone in their daily regimen. The importance of good probiotics in our system is underrated IMO. But when you are traveling and drinking different water, eating different food, and being around new viruses and yuckies, having a gut full of probiotics is the perfect arsenal.

 

Young Living Longevity

Young Living Longevity

Longevity: This supplement blend is super high in antioxidants and helps fight oxidative stress from aging, diet, and the environment. Lets face it, when we go on vacation we eat and it’s not always the healthiest. Also, when we travel we are surrounded by pollution too. So it’s a great idea to have some strong antioxidants to combat that stress. I have been told by my upline that if you take only one supplement that this is the one to take.

 

Essential Oils

Young Living Everyday Oils Collection

Young Living Everyday Oils Collection

Young Living Thieves Essential Oil

Young Living Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves:   You would be crazy to think I’d go anywhere without it! Even though I’m taking this blend internally with Inner Defense, I still am going to bring this to help me sterilize and diffuse in my room, use topically as needed, and wear daily. I also plan to get the Theives Waterless Hand Sanitizer and Thieves Spray too for my bag when we go out and about during the day.

 

Young Living Lavender Essential Oil

Young Living Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender: This is just the most versatile oil ever! I will use this for minor irritations I may get like a cut, burn, or random pimple.

 

Young Living PanAway Essential Oil

Young Living PanAway Essential Oil

PanAway: I don’t have the best back and this blend will help if I have some overstressed and sore muscles. Also if my feet and legs get sore after the outings this will help me get back where I need to be!

 

Young Living Lemon Essential Oil

Young Living Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon: I love having this to not only keep my insides clean and running efficiently but to also clean the water that I’m drinking! The hubs loves lemon as well so this will be easy to put in his drink too.

 

Young Living Valor Essential Oil

Young Living Valor Essential Oil

Valor: Again with the back, this will be good to use a few drops on my spine each day to keep me aligned while I’m away from the chiropractor. Don’t even get me started on how much it sucks traveling with a bad back!

Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil

Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense: I will bring this and some empty capsules just in case I do start to feel sick or get a tickly throat. You just can’t beat this oil, it works so well and is a badass in my book. I also love this for any skin irritations too, works wonders.

 

Young Living Purification Essential Oil

Young Living Purification Essential Oil

Purification: This is another room cleaner and a great compliment to the Thieves. Also works well as a bug repellant and I know we may see some where we are going!

 

Young Living Peace and Calming Essential Oil

Young Living Peace and Calming Essential Oil

Peace & Calming: I usually don’t have too many issues sleeping in new places but I will probably use this anyways on the ship because water sleeping is new for me. Also during traveling it’s nice to have something to help with anxiety when dealing with all those people and little spaces.

Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil

Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint: This will help with any nausea I may get on the ship or plane as well as the random headache if I get one.

Young Living Joy Essential Oil

Young Living Joy Essential Oil

Joy: This is my perfume and my deodorant as well. Plus if I am feeling anxiety I like to pair this with some Peace & Calming. This is also wonderful to diffuse too.

 

As you may have noticed, I named every single oil in the Everyday Oils collection. That actually wasn’t my intention starting out and then I realized that was exactly what happened! So I ordered the collection before the trip and called it a day 🙂

 

Accessories

Here are some extras I like to take with me!

USB Orb Diffuser Young Living

USB Orb Diffuser Young Living

This is an absolute must. I like the comfort of knowing the areas where I’m staying are fresh, clean, and full of essential oils! Don’t forget to bring some extra replacement pads with you too! HOWEVER the new little USB Orb Diffuser looks so cute, doesn’t drip, and I think I might bring that one instead!

  • Capsules – If I need to get some oils into me or the hubs internally then I have to have these little capsules. I have tried the drops under the tongue but it is just not for me, these capsules are easy to take and make a big difference. I usually bring about 10-15 with me at one time and I’ve never needed anymore. Thankfully most health food stores carry something similar so if I do run out I can usually get some replacements quickly.
  • Carrying Case – I am in the process of making my very own essential oil carrying case that safely stores my oils and capsules. It is going to probably be the cutest thing you have ever seen! I will upload a picture as soon as it’s finished!

 

 

So what do YOU take when you travel?