Wednesday, September 26th, Day Twenty-Two, Rice

Wednesday, September 26th, Day Twenty-Two, Rice

 

Morning

 
Just for today, I will be kind.  I will remember that I am a child of the Most High God, that I am a part of a Heavenly Plan.
 
I have a number of personal plans from yesterday:  put the plates on the jeep, take the medical forms to the medical center.
 
What self-care items should I start with?  I took my thyroid medication just now.  I will hot pack my eyes as part of my eye care program.   There.  That is done.  I have yet to make my “Eye Care” filter in JV Life Tracker to track my eye care program, so I will do that too.  [I did.]
 

Meditation

 
I did not do meditation yesterday.  Let me do it now.
 
Just as I started, my husband needed help to the restroom.  I did that, and then continued.  I listened to a guided meditation in Insight Timer, Finding Your Purpose by Stuart Kaplan.
 
My mood is okay this morning.  The stress of the last few days is dissipating.   It helped to get the registration for the jeep.
 

Recycling

 
My husband was not aware we had recycling here.  Last week, a maintenance man told me we have recycling pickup on Wednesdays.  For the first time, I put out a box of paper.  The box disappeared as well!  That is one way to make boxes disappear.
 

Breakfast in Bed

 
I served my husband breakfast in bed.  I always serve him his meals in bed.  Of course, the bed could use some attention:  vacuuming, mopping, or otherwise changing.  I am smiling.  That will be worked out some how.
 
Our dining table is being used as a computer table, for two computers.  That does not give us room for dining.  We have limited space, so there is no room for another dining table.  I bought two serving trays with legs that can serve as mini-tables.  That will do, for now.
 
I ate my own breakfast and took the km Mineral supplement.  I am hoping to not get the nausea I typically feel after breakfast.  Perhaps the solution is to drink more water.  Let me do that.
 

Organization

 
I am organizing some of my husband’s clothes in the bedroom.  We have a huge walk-in closet, but it is not big enough for all my husband’s clothes.  You can imagine that it is not big enough for my clothes either.  I hung up the few clothes I brought from Utah, and I bought some racks to organize shoes better.  There is still work to be done.  It looks like we are still moving in.
 

Memories

 
We have my wedding bouquet of six white and six red roses on our bedroom  dresser.  It is dried now, but still beautiful.  I asked my husband if he liked it there.  He said, “Yes, I like to look at it.”  I said, “It reminds you of our special day together,” and gave him a kiss.
 

More Trouble

 
I am going to dress, go down and get the mail, and take the medical forms.
 
I am back.  As I suspected, the medical center will not treat me unless I am an official resident.  I think their investigation triggered the call from the retirement complex management yesterday.  It appears they are now trying to sign me up as an official resident.  That will cost us a lot of dough, but I think that is the honest path to take.
 
My husband re-affirmed his intent to keep me here; I do not think there is any chance of being thrown out.
 
So, maybe this is not really “more trouble”.  I knew this would happen eventually, if we stayed here for long.  I really like it here, so I would like to stay here for a time.
 

License Plates

 
I came into the residence and triumphantly exclaimed to my husband, “You are now Colorado!”  I got the license plates put on the jeep.  I did not even need help from maintenance, though I am glad they are there as a backup.  We are not only going to be legal in Colorado, we will also be legal in this retirement complex!  My husband said, “Whatever it takes.”

 

Maintenance

 
It is now 11:37 AM.  So far I have posted yesterday’s entry, made breakfast for myself and my husband, meditated, organized the bedroom (partially), taken out the recycle bin, dressed, taken forms to the medical center, picked up the mail,  and attached the license plates to the jeep.
 
I am going through the mail.  It seems everyone has my new address now; I am getting mail from everywhere.
 
The retirement complex has scheduled volunteers to spray our cars against rabbits and other rodents.  I just need to go out the morning they are doing it with my car keys.  They will even open the hood, if I need that.
 
Today maintenance men came in to check the pull cord and change the furnace filter.  I asked about the air-conditioner.  I explained that it gets way hot before it comes on, then it freezes–maybe a ten degree difference.  The man said it could be going out.  He said they are looking at replacing all the air-conditioners.
 
This place appears to be well-maintained.  The management is proactive about taking care of things, which takes the burden off the residents to remember everything.  At my intake interview in Littleton for mental health counseling, the counselor said my retirement complex has a good reputation.

 

Rest

 
I am feeling a bit sleepy after lunch.  I ate too many carbs, which could explain the sleepiness.  I had a 150-gram apple, eight ounces of vegetable soup, 195 grams of brown rice, and 80 grams of almond milk for lunch.  I added 20 grams of protein powder and five grams of walnuts later.
 
I think I will break from writing and lie down.  I rested, sleeping part of the time, for over an hour.
 

I Love It Here

 
My husband was troubled when I woke up.  I talked to him and learned he was worried about moving to Grand Junction.  I told him I was perfectly happy staying here and explained why.  For weeks I have wondered how we could possibly pull off a move to Grand Junction with him in his condition.  I am glad he is now thinking of staying here, maybe even indefinitely, not just through the winter season.  The cost of living here is high, but it saves in worries.
 
If we do stay here, I will continue to have plenty of time to write and also have the resources to care for my husband.  I will have time for reading, an activity I love.  I have already read three books since coming here, and I have read a large portion of two more.  I will miss my piano, but I could possibly buy a weighted keyboard with earphones, so I do not disturb my husband or the neighbors.  Being here without my piano has permitted me to focus on my writing–like being away at a writing retreat.  My niece will be driving my Cadillac to Colorado, so I will have my car to enjoy.  I have everything here that I need to be happy.
 
My husband keeps saying, “You are my life.”  He does depend on me for a lot.  I am depending on him as well.

 

Fasting

 
I am fasting through snack time to save calories for dinner.  That is a bit difficult for me to do.  On the days I have done it though, I have been successful with my weight loss.
 

Brown Rice

 
I cooked a pot of brown rice earlier today.  If your diet does not forbid grains, you may want to consider rice.  It is gluten-free and economical.  I figured out the cost of various foods in number of cents per 100 calories and listed them in a table in The Journal like this:
 
Date
Food
Store
Rate
Cost (¢ per 100 calories
04/10/16
Raw Cashews
Whole Foods
8.99/lb.
36
04/10/16
1% Milk
Costco
2.50/gal
16
04/10/16
Raw milk
Farm
7.00/gal
34
04/10/16
Cooked brown rice
Wal-Mart
1.38/2 lb.
14.2
04/10/16
Orgain
Costco
$30/container
76
04/10/16
Organic eggs
Costco
$6.99/2 dozen
42
04/10/16
Gluten Free Oats
Sprouts
$7.79/2 lb.
22
04/10/16
Fresh pineapple
Costco
$7.99/3 lb.
119
04/10/16
Avocado
Costco
.83 each 4.4 oz
42
04/10/16
Almonds
Costco
$6.50/lb.
26
04/10/16
Coconut
Whole Foods
$3.99/lb.
14
04/10/16
Canned Alaskan Salmon
Costco
$12.99/6 cans
120
04/10/16
Brazil nuts
Whole Foods
$10.99/lb
37
04/10/16
Food bar
Sprouts
$7.99/lb.  .7 cal/g
255
04/10/16
Frozen asparagus spears
Costco
$9.99/package
312
04/10/16
Sauerkraut
Whole Foods
$6.99/bottle
583
04/13/16
Coconut
Good Earth
$3.19/lb.
11
04/13/16
Orgain on special
Costco
$24
61
04/14/16
Organic sweet potatoes
Costco
$.79/lb.
21
04/14/16
Amazing Grass Superfood
MyNaturalMarket
$55/container
183
04/14/16
Organic Olive Oil
Costco
$23.54/2 qt.
16
04/14/16
Pumpkin Seeds
Sprouts
$4.99/lb
21
04/14/16
Orgain/Coconut/Brown Rice with Amazing Grass
Meal
34
04/15/16
Cacao
MyNaturalMarket
$16.95/lb
89
10/08/16
Turkey Cobb Wrap
Smith’s on sale
$1.99
29
10/08/16
Zucchini squash
.89/lb
142
10/08/16
Dave’s Killer Bread
Smith’s
5.69/loaf
27.9
10/25/16
Regular Rolled Oats
Wal-Mart
13.64/107 servings
7.26
10/26/16
Alaska Salmon
Wal-Mart
$2.74 – 14.75 oz. can
47.5
07/27/17
Macadamias
Good Earth
$16.99/lb
53.9
07/27/17
Orgain (full price)
Costco
$29.99 a can
74.0
 
You may notice that prices have gone up since I listed this table.  They may also be different in your area.
 
Rice was one of the least expensive foods and probably still is.   Arkansas brown rice has traces of arsenic, so you do not want to over-consume it.  Up to four ounces a day should be safe.  Organic brown rice has arsenic too.  I was disappointed to learn that because rice is a great way to save money.
 
The macrobiotics diet we studied at IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) depends on brown rice for up to 50% of its calories.  Rice is gluten-free and hypo-allergenic.   Much of the world has depended on rice for a good portion of its human energy for millennia.  Healers use rice to cure just about everything.  I remember as a child we ate watery rice and rice water to cure diarrhea.  It can even prevent constipation.
 
I try to not eat more than a certain amount of carbohydrate per meal, but sometimes I make an exception for rice.  Rice is low in sugar, keeping my total sugar and fructose intake down.  It provides sustained energy, helps me heal my digestive tract, and helps with irritable bowel syndrome.
 
Evening
 

Accident

 
Tonight my husband fell while getting off the toilet and got a profusely bloody nose.  I pulled the pull cord.  Security came.  Paramedics came.  They wanted him to go to the hospital to get checked for bleeding in his brain, but he did not want to go.  I did not insist.  A special projects employee came in immediately to clean up the blood from the floor and mat.  He left me extra wipes, so I could wipe the blood from the toilet.
 
So my husband is home with me.  He is on the floor in the bedroom.  I am kind of glad I do not have to spend the night at the emergency room with him.  I am supposed to watch him closely.  He is a bit dazed and having trouble communicating.  Or do I just have trouble understanding him?  I am very worn out.  He has blood on his clothing, which I do not want in our bed.
 
I called a friend for support, which bothered my husband, but I needed someone to talk to for my sanity.  My friend reminded me to be loving.  Now we are alone.  Let me unwind from all the drama.
 
This type of incident is precisely why I want to stay in this retirement complex.  We can get support right away.

 

Morning the Next Day

 
My husband stayed on the floor last night.  He took off his bloody clothes and got in bed some time during the night.  That was thoughtful of him.  He seems like he is doing all right.  I will watch him closely because he always needs a lot of attention.
 
I weighed this morning, and I am at 117.0 pounds, so I have now lost almost eight pounds!  The rice was not such a bad idea.
 
 

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