Oddly enough this year Rebecca and Justin got a flu shot. Abram and I did not. Rebecca and Abram got the flu. Makes you wonder.
So this week hopefully things will get back to normal. Tomorrow is no school and no work for Justin. We only have one doctor appointment this week. What a treat :P We have Bible Study on Friday, but we haven't found a baby-sitter yet. So we'll see what happens with that. Needless to say Abram and I will not be going to church today. Hopefully Rebecca is feeling good enough to go at least.
I did some cleaning/disinfecting yesterday. I need to do more today. Especially things like changing linens. And hopefully cleaning some toys.
I haven't been feeling the best with the stress and fatigue from last week. My anxiety was quite high because I was so concerned about the kids. I manged to avoid any panic attacks, but I was not feeling like myself. Abram was hardly sleeping (at night or for naps). And I let him nurse a bunch to prevent dehydration (takes a toll to go from barely nursing to on demand...but I'm so thankful I could...it's the only thing that kept him from getting severely dehydrated and making his illness go from bad to very bad). So I need to recharge this week. I'm trying to eat nutrient dense foods and get a little extra rest when possible. So if all of my to-dos go out the window, you know why :P
It didn't help that I'm out of my two supplements that help the most with anxiety. I can definitely feel it. And hope I can get more soon.
There was some personal stuff that caused a great deal of anxiety last week as well. I was reminded of my goal for this year of acceptance. Not just of myself and my circumstances but of others. Accepting and letting God take control really helps.
One last thing I'm wondering about related to my health now. I just got a refill of my thyroid medication. I had to change from the name brand to the generic because of new insurance. No big deal. But I figured I'd read through all the fine print that came with it. I noticed a few things that make me wonder if I'm taking this correctly or should be taking it at all (I have been on it for about 6 years now). First, it says not to take it within 4 hours of any vitamins or mineral supplements or calcium. I usually take a calcium/magnesium supplement at the same time as my thyroid meds. And I take my multi-vitamin just a little later. It also says that certain foods can make it less effective...one of them being "foods that contain dietary fiber." What?? Who makes a pill that is less effective if you eat fiber? Finally, the main concern is that it says in bold "use of this medicine is not recommended if you have untreated adrenal gland problems." I know I have adrenal fatigue even without my test results. And my new doctor told me that you have to fix the adrenals before you can even try to fix anything else. So, what does this mean? I have no idea. It makes me even more anxious for my appointment next week. It has already been rescheduled twice. I'm praying it actually happens. I'm trying to be patient, God. Really, I am :) But please don't make me wait any longer :P
On to the menu. Here's hoping I actually get to make these meals this week.
How are you holding up during this cold and flu season? What measures do you take to stay healthy?
S (chop fruit, make ice cream, make unsoaked graham crackers, church, prep smoothies)
L - baked honey herb chicken, broccoli, herb rice
D - crackers, cheese and sausage, peas, milkshakes
M (chop veggies, roast cauliflower, make yogurt, milk, no school, make bread w/ Rebecca)
D - cauliflower cheddar soup, salsa bread (Rebecca's recipe)
T (bake - golden grahams, soak flour)
D - sweet and sour stir fry over rice
W (bake soaked graham crackers, roast beets, ps)
D - quinoa mac n cheese, roasted brussels sprouts
Th (make breakfast baked good, Dr. M.)
D - salmon cakes, squash, roasted potatoes
F (make cheese crackers, ps, Bible study)
D - scrambled eggs, roasted vegetables, bread pudding, fruit
D - homemade pizza, beans (J), crispy kale and beet salad (M)