I must admit I’m always saddened when people leave critical comments on my blog or personally attack me (or anyone else brave enough to put themselves “out there” for the world to see). Anyone reading this can see how challenging living alone with complex ill-health and disability is. How negative or critical comments aid my, or anyone else’s, journey is hard to fathom. As my disclaimer (available on every post page) states: “I’m not a mast cell or EDS expert and have no medical training. I’m just sharing my own personal thoughts and journey”. I don’t give advice and never have. If my readers want to try the things I’m trying I hope they help. If they think I talk a load of old codswallop I’m sure they’re not alone 😉 . All I’m doing is using my precious energy to share my 20 years of experience with ill health in the hopes that some of the things I’ve tried will help other people with similar symptoms. I don’t need to be psycho-analysed for my motives in writing a blog or criticized for my personal thoughts or feelings. I think some of my followers find my personality challenging and want to change/improve me more to their liking, while others think I talk out of my arse, in which case there is an “unfollow” button on every post you receive – just click it and find some other blog you like more. I promise I won’t be offended.
As I said in my last post, I’ve not felt well enough to experiment with any new recipes lately. I did have another attempt at making rhubarb jam, using jam sugar with added pectin, and yet again it failed to set properly! I had zero problems last year making jam with this recipe so I’m clueless as to why it’s not working this year. I’ll wait another month for the rhubarb to mature before having another bash. I’m also in the process of experimenting with mango chutney (so far it’s OK but nothing special) and basil pesto (there are lots of recipes online for simple pesto and they are all truly vile!). I’ll let you know if I ever make a good job of either.
I have, however, added a new recipe for Courgette (Zucchini) Lasagne to the site. Some people might find it a bit bland, so feel free to spice it up using chilli, different vegetables & herbs. I did some yeast-free garlic bread to accompany it and thought it was rather nice. See the Main Course section of the Recipe page and scroll down.
As regular readers will know I sprained the PIP joint of my right ring finger 2½ months ago and it’s still giving me gyp (healthy finger on the left, sprained swollen knuckle on the right). Yesterday, all out of the blue, a red bruised lump (see picture below) appeared to add to the swelling which is already there. No idea what it is and I’m putting it down to “galloping dogrot” a common affliction in my house to explain the unexplainable 😉 . I’m seeing the OT on Tuesday so will ask her what she thinks is going on.
I’m back at the dentist in the morning with my root canal – wish me luck!