Skeptical

Hi there! It’s Thursday night, which means the weekend is on the horizon… woohoo!

Time to re-cap the day’s events.

First thing this morning, Chris took me for my MRI. In case you missed Monday’s post, I was sent for an MRI after visiting my ear, nose & throat doctor about my recurring symptoms of dizziness.

I’m not going to lie; I was extremely nervous to be getting an MRI. I’m not a fan of enclosed spaces, & all I knew was that you’re put in a very small area & the test is very loud.

I had a plan going in to simply close my eyes the entire time. Chris & I left for the hospital at 6:20AM (!!!) & everything went smoothly! The technician placed a small cover over my eyes & played some music for me throughout the entire test. Of course I could still hear what was going on, but it wasn’t nearly as “scary” as I thought it would be.

I planned to only miss the first four periods of school for the MRI, but before heading home to get ready for work, I convinced Chris to stop at Starbucks since I deserved a reward for being so brave. ;-)

I went with a grande, skinny peppermint mocha (love these!) & a cup of Starbucks’ perfect oatmeal.

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I had heard great things about this oatmeal, but never actually tried it myself. I’m glad I finally got around to doing so! I topped the plain oatmeal with a sampling of all of the goodies that came with it – nuts, dried fruit & brown sugar.

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All mixed together…

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I quickly got changed (too bad I couldn’t keep my sweats on!), freshened up for work, & headed out the door.

I ate the oatmeal around 9:00AM (much later than my usual breakfast time) & arrived at school during my normal lunch time (11:00AM). I figured that even though I wasn’t hungry, a snack would be a good idea.

I enjoyed a strawberry Chobani & string cheese as I settled in for the afternoon.

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And a jazz apple as a snack at the end of my workday.

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I’ve been loving jazz apples the last few weeks!

Right after work I headed out to a physical therapy practice to begin my vestibular rehabilitation (which I also discussed in Monday’s post).

To be honest, I’m a bit skeptical about the whole thing. My dizziness is very hard to pin-point & describe, & while everyone at the practice was very nice & eager to help, I don’t have all that much confidence that doing “eye exercises” is really going to help me much. Another down-side? I have to go back 2 times a week for the next 4 weeks. At $15 a visit, that means I’ll end up paying a whopping $120 for a treatment I’m not all that gung-ho over. We’ll see though… hopefully in 4 weeks I’ll be eating my words!

Needless to say, it was a long afternoon. I didn’t end up walking through the door until well after 5:30, & I was eager to get started on dinner since I didn’t eat a real lunch!

I first got the idea for tonight’s dinner when I saw this guest post by Heather on Ashley’s blog. I simplified things quite a bit, & created a four ingredient recipe!

Cheesy Turkey Pasta Bake

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 box pasta (I used the fun multicolor kind!)
  • 1 can Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup
  • Mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350*
  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Brown turkey in a skillet (drain, if necessary).

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  • Pour entire can of soup on top of turkey & stir to coat the turkey.
  • Mix the turkey/soup mixture with the pasta & pour into a greased 8×8 glass baking dish.

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  • Top (liberally) with shredded mozzarella cheese.

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  • Bake for about 5 minutes, until cheese is melted & bubbly.

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Chris & I were both ravenous & loved this meal; it was a good combo of carbs & protein to fill our empty stomachs! (Oh, & the side salad helped fill me up, too!)

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Off to do some tidying up & hopefully getting to bed early tonight! I’m exhausted!!!

Have you ever gone through any type of physical therapy? Was it successful?

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6 comments

  1. Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles says:

    L.O.V.E. this recipe!! Thank you for sharing it… I’ll have to pit it to my things to bake board! .
    Way to be brave girl! I hope they have some good news for you and that you are all figured out ASAP!
    Also, your lunch time- I HATE having such and early lunch- Mine is at 11:20, better than 11:00 but when I have a whole afternoon ahead of me and usually working till 5:30 or so- that is such a looooong afternoon- even if I have a snack! If only grown ups had a snack time or two ;) That would be great!

    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      The first lunch at my school is at 10:10! Ah can you imagine?! I have no idea how those students/teachers make it through the day!

  2. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries says:

    I still want to try this recipe too! I have a feeling both my husband and I will LOVE it. It sounds like it’s gotten nothing but good reviews too!

    As for physical therapy, I went 3x/week for my recovering ACL surgery for about 8 months straight, and I definitely noticed drastic improvement. I know it’s a lot of money and time, but for me it was totally worth it. Everyone and every situation is different though, so you just have to do what’s best for you, in my opinion. :)

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