ALS and cooking changes
There has been a major change in our lives, a very difficult one. Over a year ago, my husband was diagnosed with ALS. The first year went rather smoothly with only slurred speech but in the past months, there has been a big change. He can't swallow and has a feeding tube. His speech is unintelligible and his ability to breathe has changed although I am thankful, he is breathing on his own.
I don't really have to say more. We have no idea what tomorrow brings but fortunately, we are spiritual people and believe that God runs the world. I don't have to understand everything; I do have to accept it.
Granted this is a difficult one to handle but we are doing just that. We are blessed with wonderful children who are there for us. We have the bonus of some married grandchildren who have stepped in to be there also. This plus good friends and neighbors gives us a strong support system.
The little ones bring the most joy in their special way. I get such joy when I see my husband holding the one year old. She loves him so much and runs to him to be picked up and makes nice to him and hugs him. I think, she senses, something is wrong because as much as she loves her parents and me, she shows her love in different ways to us.
My cooking is going to change. Actually it has. I don't like cooking for myself but the different groups, I belong to are forcing me to eat and since the food turns out to be yummy, most of the time, I am getting some good meals during the week. I modify the recipes to cook for one and that brings sadness with it.
I want company each Shabbos and that gives me reason to really cook. Most of my cooking is done for Shabbos and I have been going overboard. Cooking is good therapy, especially slicing and dicing. I take it out on my Shabbos company and I hope they are liking it. I have been experimenting and keeping my interest in food in that way.
I don't have the time to go around to other blogs but I still try to do so. I am so inspired, I don' by you, I don't want to miss those good dishes. I have taken a realistic approach, do what I can do, and don't worry about it. It seems to be working.
The Nine Days (days of mourning) are upon us (the Jewish people) and many of us do not meat during this time except on the Sabbath. I was fortunate with the groups' choices this week, Spinach and Ricotta Pies, Pacific Rim Salmon Burgers and Soup with Pasta for Thirty Minute Pasta. Nothing has meat and makes life a lot easier for me.
Menu Plan Monday
Sunday - Fruit and Nut Salad
Monday - Eggplant Parmesan (I try to get this in weekly - it is yummy)
Tuesday - Spinach and Ricotta Pies - Donna Hay
Wednesday - Pacific Rim Salmon Burgers - Ellie Krieger
Thursday - Soup with Peas and Noodles
Friday - Breaded Chicken, Roasted Potatoes and Onions,
Saturday - Chulent
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