Happy Friday, everyone!
Who is pumped for the weekend?!?
I woke up craving Tina’s Oatmeal Minus the Oats, so when it was time for breakfast, that’s what I made!
Yes, they’re blue. I added some frozen blueberries into the mix.
And some chunky peanut butter.
Hit the spot!
I apologize in advance if this post is about to seem all over the place. My thoughts are a little ‘all over the place’ right now, though. I went to yoga last night (which was amazing, by the way) and the instructor started off with a great little story that really hit home for me. She talked about a snake and its process of shedding a layer of skin. A snake sheds from its tail to its head. When the skin is at the head, the snake is blinded until the skin completely falls off. She related this to life; sometimes, we are at point A trying to make it to point B and we don’t how how the hell we are getting there. But, we have to have faith that somehow, someway, we will get there – even with blinders on. There are a lot of things that I am sure about in my life, but there are a lot of things I am not sure about. Yes, I am in graduate school pursuing my MS in Food and Nutrition. No, I don’t know if I will get a dietetic internship after I graduate to become an RD.
Some of you may know that Jon is in Air Force Basic Training right now. He called Wednesday and it was amazing! He only had 15 minutes and it felt like 2, but they were the most amazing 15 minutes. This is something that’s hard for me right now. I am so happy that Jon is in the Air Force and I can’t wait to see him in a couple of months for his basic training graduation. I am always wondering where he will be stationed and where the Air Force will take us in the future. For a girl who plans her breakfast for the next day before she even goes to sleep, this is a lot to think about. I use to freak out about the whole military thing more but I’ve gotten a lot better with it.
Lastly, my grandmother’s health. My grandfather passed away in 2007. It was the hardest thing life has thrown at me. My grandparents lived in my hometown my whole life. We were always together since we only lived 5 minutes from each other. They came over for dinner on the weekend nights and vice versa. And you bet they were at every soccer game and every track meet.
After my grandfather passed, my grandmother’s health declined. Not so much her physical health; she was diagnosed with Dementia. Dementia or Alzheimer’s? Honestly, I don’t think they’re extremely different. I’ve heard some horror stories about how violent people with this disease can be and I can say my family is blessed that my grandmother never was. She is now 97 and her physical health has declined a lot. She is still strong as a bull, don’t get me wrong but things are getting harder. My mom and my two aunts take care of her; she is sometimes at our house and sometimes at their house. Right now, she is with us and I help out a lot when my mom is working. If you know anyone with this disease, you know it sucks. It sucks to see a woman who birthed 9 children (no twins, mind you) end up in a state like this. Over these past few years, some things she says/does just make you cry and sometimes they make you laugh until you cry. For example, my grandma would have never picked up a beer if she truly recognized what it was…
No, she did not drink it! It was empty but you must make light of situations when you can!
She has been an amazing mother and grandmother to so many people and I just love her to pieces. Here is a picture of her making our family Christmas cookies.
So, needless to say, I’ve been focusing on my grandmother a lot lately and just telling myself to find faith to get through these hard times.
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Question: Do you know someone with Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease?
Have a great Friday!