This week’s act of kindness was another foodie. A close friend of mine, my 28 year old friend to be exact, suffered from a small stroke at Christmas. She was hospitalized for close to 48 hours and thankfully walked away with limited paralysis. There is a whole lot of medical garble that I have no idea what any of it means, but basically she had a current medical condition that had been misdiagnosed for the last couple of years and when she started a new birth control it caused a serge of hormones that flared the condition that had gone undiagnosed. The result of that was a blood clot in her brain. Extremely scary stuff. She’s young, she’s active, she eats healthy, she’s a busy mom to a six year old and a one year. Simply put, she’s just like the rest of us.
She is a fighter though. She’s strong and resilient and looking at her current lifestyle you would never think she has any set backs. They are hidden well. She unfortunately though suffers from severe migraines caused by new medications, extreme fatigue, she is going through speech and physical therapy, and just informed me they are wanting to start her on a medication is basically chemo therapy.
As if she didn’t have enough on her plate, her husband works with mine, and is required at times to be out of town. Being the lone parent can be a struggle enough, without any medical complications. I remembered she had mentioned cooking was hard for her since part of her paralysis affected her dominant hand. Even if cooking isn’t hard for someone, freezer dinners can be SO helpful. It takes a load off for any mom, that dinner is already ready to go and you get to focus on something else for that hour or so you would normally be prepping. So I prepared a couple of my family’s favorite recipes, Creamy Chicken Enchiladas and Lasagna.
I prepped and wrapped them so they would be freezer ready with instructions on top. It took me an hour tops to prep them. It was simple and easy for me, yet will be helpful for someone that I care about. Whether it’s a stranger that’s receiving your kindness, or someone you know, it’s a good reminder that most of the time, it’s the little things that count.