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Pain Makes it More Difficult to Stick to Home Cooking...But We Are

August 15th, 2015 at 09:47 pm

I am struggling a little bit with wanting to eat out right now. I don't want to do it because it is expensive and I'm trying to save money. I know it is simply a reaction to being in pain. Well, it's more a reaction to having an almost constant headache.

Between the broken nose and the mild concussion, it just almost never goes away except when I am sleeping and that has more to do with the narcotics the doctor gave me knocking me out for the night. Headache pain has always been much harder for me to deal with than any other type of pain because it always makes me feel like I'm not myself.

It is really hard to want to make meals from scratch when you feel sick, but pain is even harder, at least for me. But I don't feel up to driving either. I had to drive Thursday to go to my doctor's appointment and my son's doctor's appointment. I don't want to drive again for a while. It takes too much focus. So that is keeping my spending in check.

Since I am fundamentally against paying extra to have food delivered to my home, and not much delivers here anyway, I am trying to focus on simpler meals, or meals my daughter can make while I am nearby for help or reassurance. I have been teaching her to cook more things this year, but she lacks confidence to do it without a lot of hand holding yet.

The doctor says the break still looks straight, but the swelling isn't fully gone and we can't determine everything until it is. So far it is looking good enough he doesn't think I will need to go to an ENT doctor. Now that there is a lot less swelling I can actually feel the break when I touch the bridge of my nose. There is a little ripple there that was not there before. It's nothing you can see, though. The abrasion has almost completely healed. I really wish I didn't wear glasses right now, though. I know they are adding to some of the discomfort.

More concerning are the concussion symptoms, at least to me. The doctor doesn't seem to be worried, though. I am a little forgetful and find myself searching for words a lot more than usual. And I feel like a space cadet. Just a lot of brain fog. I am not used to having headaches. I haven't had them since I took all of the additives and preservatives and MSG and stuff out of my diet several years ago, except on very rare occasions or with a sinus or kidney infection or lack of sleep or my neck was out of alignment. And those were quickly remedied.

I know I will get better with time, but it is hard to push through right now. I am getting as much rest as I can. That is what the doctor said to do. But I still have animals to take care of and a garden to keep under control. The kids are helping, but I can't just check out like I could if DH was home. He will be home the day after school starts so I won't have to do too much driving in the early a.m. when I am not alert and am very foggy. In fact, if DS rides his bike the first 2 days of school I won't have to drive at all. Hopefully it won't rain.

So far I am managing to stick to my meal plans. I know I haven't been posting them, but I have still been making them. They are generally easier foods, though. No one is up for super complicated.

I do find that I'm not eating much outside of dinner. It's too much work. I'll grab a string cheese so I can take my medicine without it making me queasy, but that's about it. Not very healthy. I ought to make up some hard-boiled eggs so I'd at least have something a little more substantial during the day. I do have my electric egg cooker and it turns off when done, so I don't have to pay attention to it. Maybe I should do that.

Okay, this is getting long and rambling and may or may not make sense. I am not the best judge of that right now. So I'll stop babbling for now.

7 Responses to “Pain Makes it More Difficult to Stick to Home Cooking...But We Are”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    So sorry you're struggling. I'm a big baby when I'm feeling bad, so you're doing really well! It's great that your daughter can cook for you some. I keep meaning to teach my kids to cook, but I always seem to be rushing when I make meals. Sometimes I let them help on the rare days that I'm not in a hurry, but they're not learning very quickly as a result.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I hope it won't take much longer for the swelling to resolve.
    I'm impressed that you can cook when sick or in pain, either one.
    qHey, here is something I did with my glasses --completely dorkish looking--- when my nose was hurt. Curl a length of tape around the nosepiece and tape them hovering just above the nose. Tape them to your forehead, you hair, whatever works. Of course I only did that around the house, but it gave relief. I really need my glasses and would feel nauseated without them.

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Sending you a hug! Very sorry to hear you're still in so much pain. The eggs idea is good, would be healthier than string cheese. Also what about enlisting daughters help to make a freezable batch of food like burgers for example? That way if the weather is hot the only cooking required is to make a salad or something easy like that.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm sorry that you are still in so much pain. Frown {{{hugs}}}

  5. snafu Says:

    Are DD, DS licensed to drive? Insurance is expensive but it can likely be instigated with a phone call and only retained until you've fully recovered. Perhaps DS would enjoy cooking, I've always believed it's important to have DSs able to manage to produce at least 5 meals. Eventually they are on their own and need shopping and meal prep and delivery skills. Hand either a cookbook or direct to an on-line site like cooks.com and have them learn the process possibly working as a team.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    I am so sorry you are suffering so. Hopefully things will get better this week.

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    Wishing you speedy healing so you feel like yourself again!

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