Wow… ok, so much for my New Year’s resolution about sticking to a more consistent blogging schedule! LOL! Maybe my new resolution should be to work on better resolutions! I’ll add that to this year’s list. Jot that down.
So, I am going to justify my “leave” by saying that a ton of stuff has been going on this year that has kept me insanely busy – to the point that I have not stopped to give you the time you deserve! So, let’s take a break, grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and curl up on the couch to catch up. Actually, my couch doesn’t fit that many people, and I’m not a fan of PSLs, so how about I just blog about it? 😉
In order to not overwhelm you with the many new updates of my increasingly ceaseless lifestyle (yes, I’m being totally sarcastic…kind of… it HAS been busy), today, I’m only going to focus on the biggest recent change – travel. I say “change”, but really, it’s a return to my life pre-transplant/sick-time…just different. On one hand, I’m absolutely LOVING being “on the road again”, however, the highway is less straight and wide open than it used to be, it’s now filled with twists and bumps! Before I got sick, I used to travel a lot for work. I loved it! I was adventurous and fearless trying new foods, meeting new people, dancing till my feet would literally throb… anything that created the most fun and crazy stories and memories! These days, my travel has a completely different feel. I’ve become this overly cautious grandma! What??? What happened to me? Who am I?
Well, I’ll tell you what happened… my “new life” happened. I once had a panic attack in the middle of one trip fearing what would happen if I got sick while in a “strange” city. Who would know what all my “issues” are if I couldn’t speak for myself? Where is the nearest hospital/ER? Would they be able to treat me? (In one case, they even admitted they couldn’t!) No one knows me or would even know what to do to help!
I am still going through a lot of changes post-transplant that require adjustment. And that’s how I’m regarding this… an adjustment. It’s all about being a boy scout. (Not literally… I have no desire to be a 7 year-old boy!) I have to be prepared. I have to think 10 steps ahead of everything I do, and I’m learning more with each trip I take.
When I fly now, I have to be very careful of the recycled air and germy, nasty fold-down tables in the plane b/c of my low immune system (yes, I pack clorox wipes for this reason). I have to take into consideration where I travel – no 3rd world countries – so even some work trips are a no-go. When I am in a new city, I have to do extensive research on where I can eat due to the Celiac disease (there’s an awesome app for that – Find Me Gluten Free). When I’m in large crowds, I have to be aware of who’s coughing, what I’m touching, where the nearest “exit” is in case I get glutened, and so on and so on. It’s exhausting, but I’m learning to adjust to this “new life” one step at a time (as are my very patient friends – God bless them!).
Now, back to my resolutions… with this blog, I thee vow that I am making progress on my “accepting my new self” resolution. I am no longer the same carefree Cameron Diaz character I once liked to believe I was, but I’m able to go out and see the world again and if that means I have to be more Howie Mandel with my actions so I can do so, I’ll gladly take it! 🙂
Things I’m thankful for today:
1. Getting to spend an amazing weekend in Nashville with my Jersey girls – Jen and Carm! It’s so glad to see that sometimes some things don’t change. 🙂
2. Luck! After accidentally taking a big bite of a panko-covered fried banana (I thought it was a GF cheese bread ball), I did NOT get sick from being glutened!
3. Virgin Airlines – they have a fun and modern take on the flying experience, AND they offer safe GF food/snack options in-flight! Woohoo!
4. All beef hot dogs – for when there is nothing else in an all-fried/deli-filled food court to eat that’s safe to eat.
5. That my mom’s foot is healing better after her 3rd foot surgery within the last few months. Mom, your new toe will be something to show off in sandals for our Hawaii trip! 🙂
6. My new gray sweater/cardigan – definitely the most comfy, squishy, warm sweater I’ve ever bought! It’s like the perfect blanket for all those freezing planes (and meeting rooms).
7. Shout out to my friends Elissa and Nick – they are going to have their first baby this Christmas! Congrats to you both! 🙂