If an axiom of Spring is, ‘April showers bring May flowers’, what can we say of winter? ‘January’s chill doth good health kill’, or ‘Winter Solstice’s freeze, ushers the season of endless sneeze’? However you say it, there’s a lot of us hacking up lungs, and feeling generally crappy right about now. Crank up the floor heaters, and break out the Vicks!
I caught the crud Saturday night. My chest tightened up, my mood levels hit the floor, and my pain level hit the roof. Pain to one degree or another is a part of everyday life with FMS, but when my immune system crashes, it becomes a ‘tender point’ free for all. I usually keep it together pretty well, but by Sunday night I was making loud exclamations every time I moved. Several areas of my back felt like I’d been in a punch fight (I lost), and my hips were re-enacting Mel’s final scene in ‘Braveheart’, only they capitulated, “Mercy!” instead. Here’s a picture titled, ‘If Fibromyalgia Were Visible This Is What It Would Look Like’:
Pretty gross, huh? Well, hyperbole it may be, but a good flare can hurt like a son of a gun. Warm compresses, limited activity, and stiff pain killers all help. And, a good homemade bowl of chicken soup doesn’t hurt. Below is the one I made Monday. You can modify it anyway you’d like, be my guest. Personally, I love it spicy. My motto is, “It’s not good spice until every orifice on your head is leaking”.
“Hey Larry! How’s the soup?”:
~1 leftover rotisserie chicken carcass (Costco’s cost less that $5! Extend that to broth for soups, for extra value)
~enough water to cover carcass
~2 lemons, halved (throw right in, peel and all)
~full head of garlic, halved (throw right in, don’t bother to peel cloves)
~seasonings of choice: I use- salt/pepper/cumin/thyme
Bring to boil. Reduce heat and let slowly simmer for 3 hours. Remove carcass, and strain liquid through sieve into bowl. Allow to cool and use or freeze for later.
~2 stalks chopped celery/1 large chopped onion/1 red bell pepper chopped/1 yellow pepper chopped/2 diced Serrano peppers (like the ones I used for this omelet)
~1 cup corn niblets
~lemon chicken broth
~1 large can of tomatoes
~1/2 pckg of egg noodles
Add all ingredients except noodles to pot. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 1 hour. Add noodles directly to pot, will soften in approx. 5 min.