Interruption, With Muffins

2009.07.09
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THIS IS TO EVERYONE WHO’S been wondering about my ongoing health in light of recent tests thereof. (If you’re not one of them, please read something else):

The good news: Nothing appears seriously wrong with my intestines or either surgical site.

The bad news: The symptoms remain — chronic abdominal pain radiating to my back, with occasional spasms; frequent nausea; movement limited to a couple of hours a day.

The good news: I’m being referred to a pain specialist this week.

The bad news: After eight months, two surgeries and a pile of tests, this isn’t exactly what we’d hoped to hear.

The good news: Strangely, but tentatively, it’s something of a relief to finally know something — even though negative or potentially negative. (For purposes of this discussion, “we don’t know” is negative — even though it’s definite.)

God only knows what’ll happen next, and while I wait to see what that is I am perfecting my muffin recipe (a la Betty Crocker‘s “Popular Muffins,” c. 1972):

Oven: 400 @ 25 minutes
Gear: 12 muffin cups
Mixing bowl
2c./1c./tsp. measures

Beat, then mix:
1 egg
1 c. milk
1/4 c. oil or applesauce
-
Add:
2 c. whole-wheat flour
OR 1 c. ww. flour
+1 c. bran/cornmeal/etc.
1/4 c. sugar or honey or brown sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
-
Stir until moistened, spoon equally into muffin cups.
Add fruit/nuts/anything else desired. (Local blueberries rock.)
Wait until fully cooled before peeling.

If nothing else comes of this … at least I learned how to bake.

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4 Responses to Interruption, With Muffins

  1. Alana Dill on 2010.05.11 at 2107

    Thanks for keeping us posted!
    We worry.

  2. Neal Ross Attinson on 2010.05.11 at 1345

    (This is weird … this post (I,WM) is from last July. In any case…)
    @DG: I’ll be there! Schedule as many as you like. ;-)
    @AC: Oh, another’ll be along presently…

  3. Patricia Ann Clark on 2010.05.11 at 1345

    You forgot the throwing up. It could have been the first time in history that the phrase ever appeared as an introduction to a muffin recipe; missed your chance, dude.

  4. Debbie Grossman on 2010.05.11 at 1227

    We’d like to schedule a pain-free day for you for Sunday, June 6, so that we can take you and Ann out to lunch. Please make sure that gets on your schedule, ok?

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