Monday, March 22, 2010
So life has been pretty crazy lately. Actually for at least the past 6 months... For those who don't know, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, 3 weeks ago. She still lives on her own, and we've been trying really hard to get her to move in with us as her health has been deteriorating rapidly over the past year. Well, we convinced her to stay the night with us the next day after the ALS diagnosis. She didn't even make it in the front door! She lost her balance and fell on our front porch and broke her right shoulder and arm- 2 places. And something happened with her knee. We've spent at least 95% of our time (awake) at the hospitals with her since. She's in a rehab hospital now to get her going again. The fantastic news is... All her signs of ALS have pretty much vanished. The drs are saying they really just don't believe she has it anymore. And since it is something that is so hard to diagnose, it could be a wrong diagnosis. We don't know what could have been going on, other than something with her home, or medicines she was on, or a combination of them or what. But the fact remains, this happening to her has turned out to be a GREAT thing. She went from thinking she was dieing, to realizing she could have a many years ahead of her still in just 2 weeks. She is now walking again, though she does get worn out fast. And she cannot move that right arm still. She is likely to be in rehab for at least another 3 weeks. I'm betting longer. But either way, it's awesome! We just have to figure out what is up though. We can't really send her back home just to have her health start going downhill again. Makes no sense.
So... my own health has been going from bad to worse with this. Eating out, eating on the go, nearly every meal each day. I'm back up to like 240 again now! UGH! So I bought a lot of healthy stuff. I stocked the fridge and pantry in the hospital room my mil is in (she's got an AWESOME room)so that if any future emergencies happen I have stuff up there if we're stuck there. And.. I pigged out on all my favorite bad foods for the past week... So far today, I've had a nice, healthy breakfast and lunch and have only consumed 34 calories. I know it won't be that low everyday, but the point is, I AM doing this now. Can't get too excited, it's just one day so far. Oh, and I haven't worked out yet. Not completely sure I will be able to at all today. But so far, doing good on the eating, and that's a definite step in the right direction.