Well... I'm thankful that I'm pretty certain this is NOT the flu. The intense fever went down, but I've been in low grade fever since then. And this morning, when I took a bath, I noticed an odd rash around my left arm. Not itchy or achey or anything. Just.... there....
But noticing other things and replaying other events in my memory, I'm thinking it had something to do with the nurse trying repeatedly to access my port Thursday. It wasn't landing in the sweet spot where it needs to be, in order for the IV-C to work correctly.
Thankful I have SparkFriends to remind me what Anti-Inflammatory foods I *should* be eating and so I've focused on that the rest of the week. I've also focused on not sitting as long and walking. I'm so bad about working on the computer and not wanting to get up to stretch legs, use the restroom, etc. I apparently think that in a three person household with at least (umm, gotta stop and count here ... 3 working iPhones, 1 working Android without a plan, used as a wi-fi device, 4 or 5 laptops... eh, depends on if my husband brings his work laptop home... a gaming PC, and if I've forgotten other working computers beyond the "obvious", we can chalk it up to chemo brain, right??).... so, with all these computers, I apparently think if I get up to use the restroom, one of my family members is going to run in and horn in on "my" unoccupied computer!! This isn't the 1990's anymore!!
In any case ... I decided not to go to services today and freak people out knowing I'm walking around with a low grade fever from my own internal inflammation and infection.
Thankful I can ask our Elders for an anointing cloth... James 5:14
When the guys got home, they wanted to eat. I kinda did but only veggies. My husband suggested "veggie plate" at the local Cracker Barrel. Well, I've been avoiding Cracker Barrel like the plague, because there's so much processed food, and most "innocent" foods have bacon grease or ham drippings or out and out pork or ham in it (like the hashbrown casserole, green beans, corn muffins etc.). I feel like I'm in some kind of "dodge-em obstacle course" (some might say "running through a mine field", but I respect our IED personnel in the military too much to use that example, when this case is clearly NOT that level of life-threatening stakes!! Thank you to our Military Sparkers and/or their family members who are Military.).
But... wow, they had two different areas of "Vegetable Plates" - one let you select three items from a shorter list of (for lack of a better word) unadulterated vegetables (broccoli, salad, carrots, corn, I don't remember.).
The larger list of Country Vegetable Plates had that smaller list in it but also added stuff like the green beans with bacon grease in it or the Pinto beans with ham, as well as stuff like "Macaroni and Cheese" which isn't even technically a vegetable (other than macaroni was once upon a time a grain product, usually wheat...which is, um, plant life, which, ummm, I guess is "vegetarian" in the purer sense of the word, since wheat is not animal at all. But ya know cheese is an animal product!). Then they also had options like substitute\ing a baked sweet potato, or baked regular potato for a small up-charge. I asked for the butter on the side and no cinnamon sugar (they didn't offer cinnamon by itself.).
(My son later took my cinnamon and sugar, and added it to his "fried apple" side - which is already very sweet - I guess it really amplified that sweetness. I wish he'd learn from my bad health that too much sugar is gonna get him sooner or later!).
The broccoli and the sweet potato were awesome, the Brussel Sprouts & kale salad with pecans - not so much, because it had sugar in it and I had forgotten to ask about it (it's been added to the menu since I last stepped foot inside a Cracker Barrel.). I tweaked it down with one of the half and half creams I had gotten for my cuppa hot Decaf Earl Grey tea (who knew Early Gray came in decaf??? "Computer: Tea, Earl Grey, Decaffeinated, Hot!" I can NOT imagine Captain Piccard asking for decaf. When does he ever actually *sleep* anyway?).
But I digress.
So anyway, this was an unexpected surprise finding out things I *could* eat at Cracker Barrel, when always before (especially after my taste buds were messed up after my chemo), I'd cringe thinking how "yummy" stuff was but remember how my digestion would be messed up for days afterwards. We'll see. I'm cautiously optimistic.
Oh, and the other thing that was interesting was a family of four was seated near us shortly after we'd been there a while. They looked maybe more like from India. So when their food was there, I thought it interesting that the first load of food were nice sized salads. Not the ginormous ones but a good 2 cups of veggies (the cucumbers and tomatoes looked SOOO good! And I had almost selected salad as my side, until I saw the option for sweet potato.). Then I thought, oh duh, they are likely Hindi - the man had two of the bowls of salad for himself and the son had one bowl. Then more food arrived for the mom and the daughter and it looked more like the hot veggies - mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, broccoli. Pretty sure there wasn't any meat there. So I felt relieved again... if a (presumably, but I'm making a wild guess there!!) Hindi/Indian family can order gobs of vegetarian food at Cracker Barrel, I can too!!
It's just that I remember how, in the past, those kinds of food options were never available for MANY years. If Cracker Barrel could smear bacon or ham drippings on a vegetable, they absolutely did it, no questions, no ifs ands or buts! We couldn't even get turkey sausage to substitute for pork bacon or sausage. I only accidentally found out about the (newer ) option of turkey sausage in the early 2000's while researching Home Schooling options! (that's another blog, assuming anyone wants to read another one of my yarns!).
Other gratefulness - a rebounder that still functions. Looks shabby but it works! I rebounded again this morning.
And then, after we got home, my son thought he saw a house " on fire " but thought it might be lights - so we took off for a walk around the block after dinner (my husband had to go to work after dinner. His co-worker has been in the hospital with a sudden case of gangrene and poor kid is primary caregiver for his own mom - who has had several surgeries this past year and she's not much older than my husband!! They really need prayers!).
So we went on the short walk, took the dog (she was delighted to be out with her peeps!), looked at the various lights decorating houses, like the "falling snowflake" pattern that kinda looked from our front yard like fire flames licking up and down.
(It was after dark and I was trying to do available lighting. I ended up using flash.)
And there we are. I'm sure, well I *know* I have forgotten other gratitudes. But that's what getting sleep and waking up in a new day is all about, eh?