What a difference a day makes – especially when you get back to basics. Yesterday I had the chance to focus on hydration, nutrition and rest and I can really tell the difference. Note to self – if you are going to play remember you will pay! And that is okay sometimes, it is just something I will be more aware of when making decisions about what I attempt to do. I got up with a small headache, but with a couple of aspirin and the hot packs it was easily remedied. I am convinced that the 45 minute epson salt and baking soda soak has helped my sleeping. I am still taking 2 ibuprofen PM but now I am only getting up about 3 times. My throat is still a bit sore, but it is getting more tolerable. Today I had my normal grits for breakfast but for lunch I had 3 half sandwiches. 1 salami, 1 peanut butter and 1 pimento cheese what a rush it was to eat a meal of solid food. I had an ensure for a snack then made scrambled eggs and sausage for dinner with a side of barely toasted toast and macaroni and cheese. Now taste the was not really there, but it was enough to make it palatable. I think with familiar foods I know what flavor to look for and if can can get any of that essence it is all good. I also drank a butt load of water today trying to avoid another 8 sticks tomorrow. I will let you know how that works. I even changed the bed, washed the sheets and cleaned Sydney’s cage and had time to get in a really nice nap.
Lately, I try not to get caught up in the good days and the bad days and just try to focus on the day. If I obsess about why I don’t feel as good as I did, or why do I feel this bad I lose that essence of living in the moment and being grateful for what I do have and am able to do. My daily prayer in the morning and night always ends with “Thank you God for everything you have given me, thank you for all that you have taken away, but most of all thank you for all that you have left me.” And I mean that, at some level I am thankful for this disease and the many good things that is has brought me. I am thankful that it looks like it is gone and I am extremely thankful for the insight, discipline,regiment, friendships, relationships and experiences I have been left with. I know that there is so far to go, but when I look back at the people, the trials, the learning and the encounters so far and I am amazed before I am half way through!
It has been a good day in God’s awesome world.
LESSON OF THE DAY – “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” Leo Buscaglia