Recovery & Thanksgiving
Our plan, today, was to go up to my parents’ cabin in Crown King, just for a day in the mountains, temporarily escaping what is supposed to be record heat — possibly in the triple digits — this weekend, spending the day with my stepdad (who remains my kids’ most actively-involved grandparent, bless him). However, I was sick yesterday… really sick… Let’s just call it “flu symptoms” or something like that. “G.I. disruption.” Ugh. Suffice it to say I lost four pounds in one day and am really, really weak today. And, I wasn’t able to get out yesterday and do the errands that would enable us to leave home for the entire day. 😦
My stepdad was really disappointed, as were/are my kids. However, he suggested us all having Thanksgiving up at the cabin, which I think is a wonderful idea. We usually have Thanksgiving at our place, mostly because *everyone* on both sides of our family is (usually) last-minute planners, and that just doesn’t work for a family of seven. I have to know where/if we’re going anywhere, and plan accordingly. It’s rough, too, to know how to balance everything. I don’t really want to invite ourselves, with our large numbers, lots of activity, and weird diets, over to people’s houses, even family members. But, neither do I want to assume that everyone wants to come over here. But, I want to do SOMETHING for Thanksgiving. So, 2-3 weeks before Thanksgiving, after sending out feelers to family, and not usually hearing anything firm back, one way or another, we usually just say, “OK, we’ll have a big meal here, and would be happy for you to join.”
In really, really good news — or, at least potential really good news — it appears that Fiala, after 1 month on a total elimination diet, is starting to handle sugars. It used to be that even a teaspoon of honey in my coffee would give her a blow-out; a few weeks ago, I had a banana, and she suffered for nearly a week. So, she and I had to go ENTIRELY sugar-free for several weeks, not fruits, not veggies, not honey, no sugar, of course. Now, I have to be careful not to go overboard, but I introduced blueberries to her on Saturday, and there have been no gastrointestinal repercussions. Yesterday and the day before, I gave her a very few Craisins (not the best choice; they have sugar added, I know…), like five at a time, and she’s done wonderfully, saying, “Mmmmm!” each time. This morning, I gave her about ten raisins. Again, I need to be careful, probably MORE careful than I have this past week, but I am SO ENCOURAGED that she seems to be handling them just fine. Her face has no lesions; the skin on her legs isn’t great; it’s hard to tell if that’s fallout from food, or what… but, in general, I think maybe, soon, she’ll be on a more normal diet. Well, maybe “normal” is pushing it, but I now have hopes for her to have a diet expanded beyond the six foods and three seasonings which are currently the only things on her “safe” list.
OK. Now, I’m going to go lay down.