Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fat Friday... on Saturday and Saddle Up

Alright not exactly saddle up, but stirrup girls!!! LOL

Are you cringing yet??? LOL... I know I am.

Well, Thursday was my day (yearly visit) to go visit that dreaded doctor the ob/gyn. Now I should be used to him by now, but I have anxiety when it comes to this appointment. I sweat and get hot (no not hot flashes...yet LOL) and very nervous. My doctor is awesome and caring, but there is just something about it. I actually owe him a lot. I had not been to an ob/gyn since my son was born in 1999 until about 2002 because I hated them so much. I went to a different one to have my kids and the doctor actually passed away and she was only like 40 something. So I had to find a new one. Luckily, one of the EMTs I work with worked for one and said he was fantastic. I couldn't not go since I was starting to have major problems. Anyway, I went and talked with him and had the pap thing done and found I had abnormal paps at age 28. My Mom was diagnosed with uterine cancer a few years prior and she went 28 years without going to an ob/gyn. So I had to continue going back every three months or so for paps. Talk about sick of seeing my doc. I actually asked him if he was going to start paying me to come since it felt like I worked there since I saw him so much. I had many procedures/surgeries done too by this man in between. Nothing helped and he kept telling me a hysterectomy would work. However, he would not do it until I turned 30 so I could be sure I was done having kids. I knew I was and I was tired of the problems so 3 months after I turned 30 in December I had my surgery. This was the best choice I could make. Obviously they sent everything to pathology and sure enough I had the beginning stages of cervical cancer amongst other things. I feel awesome and am glad I had the surgery. The moral of this story as much as we hate going please go and have your exam.

Alright enough of the boring stuff... my Fat Friday recipe...

Oven Carmel Corn

15 cups popcorn
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Divide popcorn into 2 13X9X2 ungreased baking pans. In a saucepan heat sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt stirring occasionally until bubbly around edges. Continue cooking over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat: stir in soda until foamy. Pour on corn until it is well coated. Bake 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes.
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Raggedy Angel said...

Yes, I know I am overdue for that visit and the boobie masher....I am writing it down, I will make my appointment next week.
The popcorn sounds great! Beth

Jenn said...

Cervical Cancer is one thats not talked about much! Why? I dont know but it SHOULD be! I was diagnosed with cervical cancer at 5
months pregnant carrying Domonic in 2006. I was scared and alone, was rushed to 3 different cancer Drs, one wanted to do surgery to remove the cancer and risk the baby. I said NO WAY! I did have surgery to remove my cervix 3 weeks after I had Dom and have been cancer free since. I too, have a pap done every 4 months. 28 seems to be the magical number!

You keep getting those paps done girlie!!!

basketsnprims said...

I'm so glad they found it, Mary, and that it was taken care of. That caramel corn looks yummy.


Those yearly appts. are so important! My cervical cancer was caught very early and taken care of! The surgery was relatively simple and I haven't had any problems since. Praise the Lord! Glad you've reminded everyone to GO SEE YOUR DOCTOR!!

Popcorn recipe looks good!! :)

Char said...

thanks girlie for the easily we can forget to take time for ourselves...but INSIST that our children get their annual physicals and all their needed shots!...time for mama here to make time for herself!...glad all is fine with you now!...and thanks for that wonderful popcorn recipe!

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Made mine last week:) I go the beginning of December, it'a Christmas gift I give myself every year:) April is my yearly boob test and that is my birthday gift I give to me!
Glad everything is good with you Mary!

Jo-Anne said...

I am glad you survived the dreaded visit. I got the "all clear" on the ol''s my ovaries and uterus that give me trouble. If all goes well, I will finally be able to add my name to list of lucky girls who are no longer the proud owners of their reproductive organs. ;)

This Country Girl said...

Glad everything was well! I hate those dreaded visits too! But it's definitely something we have to do for us and our families! I did have to laugh at your first photo!

I'm definitely printing off your recipe! I love caramel popcorn! I'd love to try that! Thanks for sharing!

Happy Saturday!

This Country Girl said...


Is that your home in the header photo? Oh my goodness, it's gorgeous!


And I'm sorry to say that I have had some diet pops, but just a few. I fell off the wagon. I was afraid of gaining weight with regular ones, but I need to just drink water! I'm not hooked like before though. I know, get on to me...bad girl! I feel okay though, except I've had migraines terribly regardless of whether I have diet or regular...I think that's a horomone thing though.


Linda said...

I had a hysterectomy when I was 29 so I have not had to worry about cervical or uterine cancer for 24 years thank goodness. Saved a ton of money on feminine products too! So glad your was caught so you are here to brighten our lives!!

Kimberly said...

What a story! Thanks for sharing and for the reminder you gave all of us! I can't remember my last check up...

Has your package arrived yet? I hope the bib set is what you were expecting!

Have a great day and I thik I'll have to try out your recipe... my husband doesn't like caramel... oh well! More for me!

simple~needs said...

i love oven caramel corn!!
i hate going to "that" doctor too.
i had a hysterectomy years ago( 2001) and i am so glad i did. all my life i kept having abnormal paps. actually, i was surprised when i got pregnant with my second daughter, my chances of pregnancy were supposed to be slim after laser surgery.. i was depressed afterwards for a few weeks.i think it was just the thought of not being able to have anymore kids- even though i had already had a tubal in 1990. it was realy final after this surgery. the only thing i hated was being on the ob/gyn unit post-op. seeing all the babies and hearing them play brahms lulllaby after every delivery throughout the whole hospital was the worst part.
i encourage every woman to get regular check ups.
i hope you have a great weekend, mary!

Cricket said...

Good reminder. I'm glad you are well and healthy!

AnnaSam said...

you've been tagged-come on over!

Tina said...

Glad you took care of that un fun thing. What a necessary evil in a woman's life, but we are the stronger sex, after all. I just had my first ob visit in 5 years so I can relate to what you are talking about a bit.

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

I'm glad you did this post Mary...It could save someones life. I'm so happy you followed through and did the right thing-What a blessing.

On a different note....MY yummy goodness~~~!!!That carmel corn looks soooooo good! I'm really going to have to try this one! :)
Have a blessed week,

Back in the Day said...

Mary - I too had to have a hysterectomy rather early. Not because of cancer but I had a severe case of endometriosis. I feel so much better since the surgery! You're right - no one should put off visiting the bootie doctor!

Jill said...

Mary, This looks so yummy! I too HATE going to THAT kind of doctor. But come to think of it I hate going to ANY kind of doctor. Lol, denist too :)

Julie said...

I did my check-up in June--not fun, but necessary!! I am going to make that caramel corn--yum!! Julie

Karen said...

That looks basically the same as the recipe I have, and I can taste it now! Butter, real butter, only butter! Wish you could shoot some through the airwaves! Karen

April said...

Hi There,

I stumbled across your blog by way of someone else's...can't even remember who now!! Anyhow, I enjoyed reading your blog, especially the one post about your yearly exam. That is something none of us women look forward to, but it is a necessity. I'm glad to hear that your healthy, again!!

Have a wonderful day!!

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Well, yes, I am cringing at the sight of that chair! LOL! But I know how necessary it is to have that done.

That popcorn recipe looks so good! I will have to try that one soon.

Have a great day!

Thistledew Farm said...

I am glad you posted how important it is to get a yearly exam. Enduring the yucky memories of my yearly exams was well worth the reward at the end - carmel corn! I love that stuff!