Attention people who have children! You know how you worry about your kids all the time, want them to eat healthy, exercise, go to bed on time and see a doctor when they’re sick?
Yeah, your kids want you to do the same thing.
Saturday morning I got a call from my dad saying that he was really worried about my mom, that she was really sick, and that he wanted to take her to the hospital. Let’s just say that my father is an amazing guy, but not exactly an attentive husband, so when my father calls me because he’s worried, I know things are bad. I talked to my mom who promptly declared it as “just gas”, which is what she says about pretty much everything.
Twelve hours of nagging, pleading, guilt-riddled phone calls from me later, they finally went to the hospital, where a whole battery of tests were done, and it turns out it was not just gas. My mom had an infection that spread all over her internal organs. She’s been in the hospital a couple of days now, her infection being treated. Today her fever broke, and in the next few days she’ll be getting her gal bladder removed to prevent future infectious flare ups. Things are looking up. She’s also duped up on morphine which is all sorts of wacky.
Needless to say, I was a wreck all weekend. As her condition gets better my neurosis ceases. In the meantime, I contemplate, because contemplation is what I do. Why is it that we don’t take care of ourselves the way we want the people we love to take care of themselves?
I think deep down in side we all know that we should eat veggies, get 8-hours of sleep, and go to the doctor when we’re sick, but before we get really sick. So, why don’t we then? Why do we put other peoples health and wellness above our own.
The truth is, a well balanced diet, regular sleep schedule and reasonable attention to our health should not be difficult things to accomplish. Somehow though, they are. It’s so easy to do the wrong thing…to take our health for granted.
I think if there’s anything that this experience has taught me, other than that I can never trust my mother when she says “it’s just gas”, is that health is not an entitlement, it’s a gift and it’s something we share with the people around us. One of my favorite ways of guilting my parents into doing the right thing for themselves is to say, “what would you say if it were me?” I’m hoping this scared my mom into taking better care of herself. As for me, I’m going to take my own advice, when it comes to my health, I’m going to ask myself “what would I say if it were mom?”
Having said that, I’m going to bed at a reasonable hour tonight, because sleep is important.
Smoothie w/almond milk, frozen banana and cherries
Yogurt (full fat) with honey
Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bar
Tofu, onion, brocolli stir fry over brown rice