This week, I am thankful:
that we are back to eating gluten
The bad news is that the low FODMAP diet didn’t make an appreciable difference for Sonia.
The good news is that if it doesn’t work, you don’t have to keep doing it!
So, that is something of a relief, even for Sonia, because she was hating the low FODMAP life.
And just in case, while Zoe had some other routine bloodwork done, the doctor threw in some gluten-intolerance tests, and it looks like Zoe is not sensitive to gluten either.
Sonia’s other food allergies are a walk in the park compared to low FODMAP restrictions.
that I got to see my mom this week
We haven’t seen each other in person for quite some time, but we did this week. Yay!
(we are both vaccinated now)
that I was able to help my cousin do a little nesting
Yesterday, we spend about four hours organizing and sorting kids/baby clothes.
She’s due in May, but now no matter when her little guy is born, she’s got clothes and blankets and such ready. Which is a nice feeling when you are very pregnant.
I’m thankful I live close enough to help her and that some of the things I enjoy doing (organizing!) are things that are helpful to her.
for my empty school assignment page
The Canvas app shows all the assignments that are current, and for the first time this semester, it’s totally empty. Yay spring break!
for the opportunity to learn
I have now become one of those adults that annoyed me when I was younger; I really do have a fresh appreciation for the joy of learning.
I had a light bulb moment during our last lab experiment that totally changed the way I thought about respiration and digestion and I felt…excited!
Sixteen-year old me would be so annoyed with 42-year-old me.
I really like learning about how the human body works, so that’s been my favorite part of biology so far. And that makes me think that I will probably enjoy my future anatomy and physiology classes.
for light at dinnertime
I really, really love that it is not dark when we sit down to eat at night now!
for my dry, climate-controlled house
It’s so easy to see what is less-than-perfect about my own house, but when I think of people who have no homes, I am reminded what a privilege it is to have a house at all.
(It was raining hard yesterday, which is what reminded me of this.)
for all the things I’ve learned in my lifetime
There are downsides to getting older, but I am so thankful for all the things I know and understand now that I did not know and understand when I was 20.
(To be sure, when I am 80 and I look back on my 40s, I will be thinking, “Yikes! I knew so little then!” But still, I am wiser now than I was when I was 20.)