Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Another Buttons Update, then Red Beans with Quinoa (Q&EVCF)

Hi everyone, just getting this typed up as I wait to hear back from the vet. The cardiologist checked Buttons this morning and found that she has very mild HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). She also has a little bit of fluid around her heart, likely caused by the probable cancer. The good news is that her heart doesn't seem to be causing any real problems; the cardiologist said she doesn't need any medication, basically we just need to keep an eye on her for things such as dizziness/fainting, and have her heart checked again in 6-8 months. The potential cancer, however, remains the big issue, so they are doing a chest ultrasound before trying to get a sample of the cancer or whatever else it could possibly be in her chest now that she was cleared for sedation. The procedure will take place around 3 p.m., and I'll hear back about an hour or two after that, and hopefully she will be cleared to come home with us tonight. I'll respond to everyone's kind comments on my last post as soon as I get the chance, but I did just want to say thank you to everyone who has commented; it really means a lot to know that there are so many people who care about Buttons and are pulling for her.

Anyways, as a way to keep myself busy today, I made my Vegan MoFo dish for lunch. The prompt for today is "But where do you get your protein?" so I made the red beans with quinoa from Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food. It was a really simple recipe and I have to admit, as much as it stung, it was kinda cathartic to get teary-eyed from chopping an onion rather than from thinking and worrying about Buttons. I halved the recipe, and only used a few drops of hot sauce. In the past, I haven't had much luck preparing quinoa, but today, it turned out perfectly, nice & fluffy. 

All in all, this was an easy dish to prepare and made for a tasty, filling lunch. I don't usually worry about calculating this sort of thing, but since it was the prompt today: A serving size of the red kidney beans provides 9 grams of protein, and the quinoa, 5 grams. Seeing as how I probably had about 1.5-1.75 servings of the beans, I'd estimate about 18-20 grams of protein total for this meal. Not bad.

Here's my Inktober sketch...

And here's a pic of Buttons in the sunshine again, this time with Daisy...



  1. I struggle with quinoa too that's why I rarely make it!!
    I am sending so much love to you and sweet Buttons!!

    1. I'm definitely glad I gave quinoa another chance, haha!
      Thank you; it really means a lot <3

  2. I have just spammed your Twitter with Buttons tweets.
    I am glad you were able to find some comfort in cooking. <3

    1. Thank you again, Susan <3
      Cooking can be quite comforting.

  3. kind-of makes me want beans and rice for dinner tonight.
    I hope buttons will do okay. Sending lots of prayers and good vibes.

    1. The leftovers were really good, too; I just had them for my dinner tonight.
      Thank you so much, Jennifer <3