Oh. My. God. What an insane week this has been. While I was working on my exhibit at the museum on Tuesday, I got a text from my little sister saying my mom had lost all feeling and movement in her left limbs. Later, I got a call from my grandma saying my mom had a stroke, but was doing okay. The next day I went to the class I had to go to, emailed another professor to request an extension on a paper due yesterday, and then threw all my shit in my car and hauled my ass home to take care of my little brother while my mom was in the hospital. So that's what I've been doing - looking after a six year-old boy for three days. I have to say, it's way more fun than I thought it would be. Exhausting, yes, but so much fun! I love my little brother, and I'm so glad I got the chance to spend this time with him. I never get to see him.
So, my mom is doing really well! After years of medical problems, she's so in tune with her body that she recognized right away the severity of the paralyzation and got to the hospital. She got there just in the window of time the doctors needed to give her the medicine she needed, and the clot in her brain disappeared (they couldn't even find it on the MRI, it dissolved so quickly). So now my mom is resting and doing some occupational therapy to regain muscle loss. I'm going back home (to my apartment) tomorrow morning, but I'm gonna miss my brother so much. :(
Of course, the stress of the past few days has driven me to eat, eat, eat, eat, and eat some more. I kind of feel like crap, haha, and I'm looking forward to getting back to my fruit and whole grains at home. But, in the interest of making the improvements I can in life, I've been making sure to at least take a few minutes every day for myself. I haven't had the chance to exercise, but I've been doing some light yoga and stretching when I can. Even that little bit has helped immensely. And making healthy changes when you can, where is can is what this journey is all about, right? I'm learning.
Have a beautiful day! : )