“Busy” Can Mean “Painful” in My World

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It’s been a busy week and my foot is suffering. Yesterday, for example, I was out all day, seeing the podiatrist, doing some shopping, and taking care of some business involving an upcoming visit from an Israeli official.

By the time we got home at about 10 PM — long after I had mentally kicked myself for ignoring that little voice inside me saying “you need to take your pain pills with you” — my foot was going ka-BOOM! Ka-BOOM! Ka-BOOM! I believe it’s the recliner for me today.

My foot is healing well, but my lab work showed that I still have an infection, so it’s back on antibiotics for me. Now that I’ve spent some time adjusting my basal rates upward to help alleviate high blood glucose levels, I should be going too low by this evening. In anticipation of that, part of my shopping was to stock up on items to treat hypoglycemia.

The busyness has, and will continue to be for a while, cooking. It’s a good busy, because I like to cook. I just wish I could do so without having my foot dangling instead of being elevated.

The visit with Nancy was wonderful. Seven of us gathered around the table to chow down on barbecued brisket, potato salad, coleslaw, and corn bread. Then my husband kept her husband entertained while she and I curled up in the den and had a nice, long chat. She also brought me a couple of pieces of Polish pottery. I love Polish pottery, but it’s expensive here. Not so if you live close to Poland, where it’s made.

This week is Thanksgiving, of course. It’s just going to be my daughter, the grandchildren, granddaughter’s boyfriend, and any friends they’ve invited without asking me first. (It’s OK — there’s always plenty of food and, judging from years past, it will hardly be a surprise.)

I do plan to make it easy on myself this year by buying premade frozen casseroles and rolls and filling in with two or three of our favorites.

Sunday, my grandson wants to have some friends over for dinner and, next week, the synagogue is hosting an Israeli official for dinner while he is in town for a program at the local university.

In what may turn out to be one of my less-bright moments, I volunteered my religious school class to prepare dinner for the Israeli official. I was planning to do a section on kashrut beginning in January, but the visit presented the perfect opportunity to kick off the section with some experiential learning.

On Sunday, we planned the menu and went on a “field trip” to the grocery store to scout out ingredients that are kosher. Clutching a five-page list of kosher symbols, they went forth to identify what was needed. It was kind of funny. Imagine being in a grocery in the Midwest on a Sunday morning and hearing little voices shout out “Kosher! Kosher, kosher, kosher!!” from various locations throughout the store.

The children had fun because they didn’t have to sit in a classroom and put up with me, plus I bought them each a snack. It was great for me, because they did a lot of my legwork. They will also be helpful on the day of the dinner because as many as can are coming to the synagogue after school for final preparations and setting up the buffet table.

For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, have a safe and healthy day and don’t forget to take a walk after the feast: The exercise will help keep your blood glucose levels down.

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