Eat Salads not Twinkies

I’ve borrowed this phrase from a podcast which prepares for meditation to help me manage my diabetes and prevent kidney disease and cardiovascular problems. I’m focusing on well-being for the next two weeks, when I have an appointment to check bloods and blood sugars as ongoing monitoring.

It’s the only control I have, to meditate and let go control. There are no magic wands, but since my liver transplant, I certainly know there are miracles. The first step is to accept that I have this chronic condition, but not to let it overwhelm my daily life, which at the moment is full of creativity and contentment.

The past two weeks have been miraculous. As a belated celebration of my 70th birthday, my brother and his partner, my three ‘kids’ and their spouses and my two granddaughters all came together round the table for a lovely  birthday dinner and lots of laughter.

Over the two weeks the flow of comings and goings was so special to me as the family arrived from Seattle, Philadelphia and Galway, interacted with each other and left behind memories and photos to last a lifetime for us all.

The Arran weather favoured us with sparkling sunshine on a few days, interspersed with foul, horrible rain which caused much concern and early departures at the end to be sure of catching flights, etc.

We took advantage of the sparkly days to drive to Sannox and Lochranza and back via Pirnmill and the String Road, the snow-capped mountains evident everywhere. We also visited the Standing Stones in Machrie. I managed to walk step by step to the first ring of stones, reaching a personal best in my recovery.

I loved the feeling that everyone was related and relating and enjoying the ironic humour which is in our genes. The last time we were all together was ten years ago for Chris & Louisa’s wedding. However long it takes to get together again, the bonds between us will be strengthened by Internet connection and the occasional letter and parcel.

I am so grateful.

machrie mum




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