Mango and me (as the GCC Viking Mascot), circa 1999
Last Sunday afternoon, the ambulance was called and Mango was taken to the ER after chest pains and a fainting spell. At 88 years old (with past episodes of a similar nature) this is to be expected. However, it’s always scary to get that phone call… and not a good feeling knowing that you’re a few hundred miles away and can’t do a damn thing to help. So, as soon as I put down the phone, I went to the kitchen. Baking transports me to my happy place, and the methodical plan of a recipe calms me… especially since I bake in Mango’s former kitchen. After all, I was the one who named this amazing lady “Mango” (the name she’s known by to all who come in contact with her).
I knew we’d be making the drive to Fort Worth to visit her in CICU as soon as possible, so with the knowledge that she loves anything involving pecans, I adapted this cookie recipe from Martha Stewart. They were quick to bake up and made for a perfect treat to withstand the drive. I’m still not sure if she was more excited to see Mom and me, or the cookies… 🙂
After several days in CICU, scary moments when her blood pressure dipped dangerously low and doctors playing with the levels on a number of different medications, Mango’s been moved to a regular room and can go home soon. She’ll need extra care afterwards, of course, but we’re just happy that she’s coming home!!