What is this?

What is this? I don't really know, other then a continuation of my updates and writings that I was sharing previously on Caringbridge of this journey through cancer and now widowhood and single parenting.

Maybe it won't end up being anything at all, or maybe it will be a glimpse into my heart, my life, my current situation, my testimony.

Whatever it becomes, I am touched that you are interested.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Meal Help Info

We are very grateful to so many for asking specifically how to help with meals, near and far! Thank you!  This is very difficult for me to do - so here goes it...

I picked 3 days a week for possible meal 'drop off' days, listed on the 'Planner' tab to help space out signing up for and receiving meals.  We will set a cooler outside the front door and check it daily in case one of the times listed does not work for someone, you can just drop off at your convenience.  Please leave your name or send me a message if we are not available to accept your blessing to us.  And again, thank you for understanding that we may not be able to have a visit also, or only a short one.

I'll do my best to list nearby restaurants for gift cards and other ideas to help:

Take out:

Cafe Jordano
Olive Garden
Garlic Knot Pizza
Red Lobster
Buffalo Wild Wings
Jose O'Sheas

Other - these are just local off the top of my head.  If you aren't sure of location our zip code is 80228.  Our address is listed on the planner dates.  

Groceries: (So we can send a g.c. with someone who offers to go pick up items for us when we can't get out to the store)

Whole Foods
King Soopers

Diet Info/Preferences:

Brandon has gastroporesis which basically means his stomach does not work properly and needs aid in digesting.  So meals heavy in vegetables are difficult to break down, same with highly processed/fried/fatty foods.

Also, the chemo gives him a side effect called neuropathy which effects the nerves in his body making them more sensitive to cold temperature, including the nerves in his mouth/throat.  So cold items need to be heated to room temperature for him to be able to have them, so unfortunately no ice cream for a while, even drinks from the refrigerator need to be heated.

Currently we are trying a high protein diet as often as we can.

Meals we typically had last time around:
-Pasta dishes like Lasagna, Manicotti, Meatballs, Alfredo w/ Chicken, etc.
-Easy Mexican: Chicken/Beef Fajitas, Tacos, Enchiladas, etc.
-Freezer meals
-Crock Pot Meals: Pot Roast, Pulled Pork, etc.
-Basic dishes.  Cheeseburgers, BBQ, Pizza, Bar/Grill style, etc.  Neither of us are fancy eaters.  :)

Items we don't care for:
-Mayo/Mustard, Mushrooms

*I may not be able to keep track of returning dishes, so if possible please use disposable containers/bags.

Thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts for your desire to help us out in this time.  Each and every one of you is such a blessing to us, and we are humbled by the outpour of support for us.  God Bless you!

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