Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Purslane Surprise

We got a great surprise in our mailbox yesterday. A packet of purslane (and other) seeds from Nichols Garden Nursery (our absolute favorite nursery, run by the most wonderful couple, Rose Marie and Keane). Here it is, the peak of busy. Frantic preparations counting down to their annual Plant Day (May 17th) and Rose Marie finds the time to read my blog, send me a catalog, a note and several packets of seeds. The world is a better place because of dear folks like these.

I thought I would slip in some news about Mr. Stable, yours truly. My serum markers went up (but not to baseline levels!) and my urine protein expression went down 45% from the first cycle (now 25% below baseline). So how should I spin these numbers? How about if I fantasize about a pita stuffed with broccoli sprouts and purslane (courtesy of Nichols!) while sipping some green tea and just laugh about it.

Next week I get to go to the new Phase I/II wing at Roswell. The place is both gorgeous and impressive. Private rooms with all the bells and whistles, a dedicated pharmacy, specially trained research nurses and of course comfy chairs & flat screen TVs... I don't think I'll all the sudden start looking forward to my visits, but geese it sure feels nice.


Sunshine said...

Best wishes.

Apollo 13 said...

urine protein down 45%! sounds great

You are an inspiration... keep us posted on your status and know we are all rooting for you!

Chris said...

I'm pulling for you and the GRN163L. Any updates? Also, thanks for the purslane info. Instead of pulling it out of my garden, I am putting it in salad. Purslane contains more Omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable plant. Simopoulos states that Purslane has .01 mg/g of EPA. This is an extraordinary amount of EPA for land based vegetable sources. EPA is an Omega-3 fatty acid normally found mostly in fish and some algae. [3] It also contains vitamins (mainly vitamin C, and some vitamin B and carotenoids), as well as dietary minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. Also present are two types of betalain alkaloid pigments, the reddish betacyanins (visible in the coloration of the stems) and the yellow betaxanthins (noticeable in the flowers and in the slight yellowish cast of the leaves). Both of these pigment types are potent antioxidants and have been found to have antimutagenic properties in laboratory studies

Marie said...

Hey are you OK? Hope you're on vacation.

Lissa said...

God bless you,Jesus loves you!